Celebrating Local Poetry
in Central Washington
Poets and poetry lovers who live in Central
Washington State will find these pages informative. The Yakima Coffeehouse Poets is a registerered Washington
State nonprofit corporation formed in 2014 to represent the interests of poets and poetry lovers of Central
Central Washington, roughly speaking, is bound by
the Columbia River to the east and south, the Cascades Crest on the west, and the Wenatchee River on the
If you live or work in this area, or have roots
here, you are eligible to participate in our annual poetry contest and to read at our regular Open Mic Night
events. Original poetry only, please!
If you live outside Central Washington, we invite you to enjoy the poetry
published on our website. If you are visiting Yakima, our home base, you are welcome to attend and read at our
Open Mic Nights which are held at 7 p.m., the
second Wednesday (new night) of the month September through May. This
year we are located at a new meeting place -- the Larson Gallery, on the YVCC Campus, corner of W. Nob
Hill Blvd & 16th Ave, Yakima.
-- Next Open Mic
March 13, 2019, 7pm
Larson Gallery, YVC Campus
(Corner of W Nob Hill Blvd
& 16th Ave)
Free parking for open mic night is available in the main YVC
parking lot next to Parker Field, east of Larson Gallery.
Guest Host: Mary
Call for Submissions
Yakima Coffeehouse Poems
Our goal with the poems in the
anthology, Twentieth, is to draw out more Central Washington poets and give courage to those who have
more poems to offer for the future.
These poems represent the best of the past 19
years and include all the poets whose permission could be gained. You'll notice that some
poets have several poems because they won our annual contest several times.
Visit our Publications page to see examples of our local talent. You can also Contact Us to order your own copy of available
Poetry Contest &
Our 2018 Poetry Contest reading event was
held October 25, 2018, 7 pm, at the Unitarian Church, 225 N Second St, Yakima. Visit and enjoy samples and information about this
year's successful event!
2015 was our first local Poetry Contest reading and chapbook poems held at our then new home in the
Backroom of The
Seasons of Yakima.
recent Contest Readings were held in the Unitarian
Church's main Sanctuary.
A gracious Thank-you for all that contributed to
this wonderful event
You can read
samples of the Twenty-first, through Twenty-fourth poems from their respective Publications page.
Suggested web-sites to
ArtsWA - WA129
To learn more about the new Humanities Washington poetry anthology, "WA 129,"
click on this link. The anthology is a project developed by State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall and
features poems by 129 state poets. That's one poet for each year that Washington has been a
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