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 of
the month September through May in the Reception Hall of The Seasons Performance Hall, 101 N. Naches Ave., Yakima
(use the Pendleton Way entrance).
Performance Hall -- 101 N Naches Ave,
Events are free, however, donations to YCP are
(This is the last
Open Mic Night until September -- Have a great summer!)
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 email us
to order your own copy of available chapbooks.
Next Poetry Contest &
Our 2017 Poetry Contest and chapbook is scheduled
for Thursday, October 19, 2017 at The Season's Performance
Deadline for submitting entries is:
July 5, 2017.
2015 was our first local Poetry Contest reading and chapbook poems held at our new home in the
Backroom of The
Seasons of Yakima.
The twenty-second was even better. We are happy to
report that the entries for 2016 represent an increase of 25% over our 2015 YCP Chapbook
A gracious Thank-you for all that contributed to
this wonderful event and to The Seasons for hosting it.
You can read
samples of the Twenty-first and Twenty-second poems from their respective Publications page.
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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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