Celebrating Local Poetry in Central Washington

A meeting place for Yakima regional writers

Opinions and viewpoints expressed or implied in all poetry on this website are those of the poets and not necessarily those of Yakima Coffeehouse Poets.

2021 YCP contest update 11/24/2020

The Yakima Coffeehouse Poets is happy to announce that the Yakima-based nonprofit is now accepting submissions for its 26th annual poetry contest. For submission information and important dates, visit our Annual Poetry Contest or download:

YCP 2021 Poetry Contest information

Introducing YCP’s…

Poets’ Brew

a new online publishing opportunity

Poets’ Brew is a community online web page for poetry by Central and Eastern Washington poets. We invite all to submit poems to Poets’ Brew!  Here are the guidelines:

  • Submit poems to ycppoetry@gmail.com, one poem per poet per month. We are now accepting OCTOBER, 2020 submissions.
  • Prompts from the YCP committee are suggested. Feel free to use your own prompt or idea. “We are all gamblers in the end” is the optional October prompt from the YCP committee.
  • A three person YCP review committee will select poems for publication from those submitted. The committee will negotiate edits for poems accepted for publication, for example, spelling and punctuation, but not content.
  • Selected poems will be published on the YCP Poets’ Brew page and forwarded to the YCP Facebook in a timely manner and in the order in which they were submitted.

Any questions about Poets’ Brew or Open Mic Night can be emailed to:

Email Yakima Coffeehouse Poets for more information.
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Naches poet Dotty Armstrong has released her new poetry chapbook “The Book of Common Poems”! The chapbook is currently available at Inklings Bookshop in Yakima for a $10 donation to the Yakima Coffeehouse Poets. YCP has published the chapbook as part of its Labyrinth series featuring the work of local poets who have never
published a chapbook.

Link below for a video presentation of Dotty’s favorites…

The Local Scene: Living on U.S. Hwy 12,
Me and Van Gogh in Yakima,
Sarahs Salon in the Sticks

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Yakima Coffeehouse Poets – About us

Poets and poetry lovers who live in Central Washington State will find these pages informative.

The Yakima Coffeehouse Poets is a registered Washington State non-profit corporation formed in 2014 to represent the interests of poets and poetry lovers of Central Washington.

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 north.

YCP twenty-fifth
Twenty-fifth chapbook
“Echinacea” cover art by Barbara Smith Gilbert

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.  This year we are located at the Larson Gallery, on the YVC Campus, corner of W. Nob Hill Blvd & 16th Ave, Yakima.

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Yakima Coffeehouse Poets – Update

These are unusual times, and certainly worthy of writing about. With that in mind, we would like to thank Elaine Smith, Kathleen Smith (no relation), and Terry Martin for providing the following online resources which all poets and poetry lovers out there in Coffeehouse Poets Land will find interesting:

Poetry Un-Bound
New York Times – National Poetry Month
Poetry Foundation

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— Annual Poetry Contest

Linda Brown, left, and Linda Pier just couldn't resist the beat of the music.
Linda Brown, left, and Linda Pier just couldn’t resist the beat of the music, Test Tube Poets, at the 2019 Contest Reading Event. (Oh yes, there was poetry, too!)

Submissions are closed for 2019! Questions, contact us at:

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Yakima Coffeehouse Poets – Publications 

Twentieth: Selected 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 chapbooks.

Poetry Contest & chapbook
Our 2019 Poetry Contest reading event was held October 22, 2019, at the Larson Gallery, Nob Hill & 16th Ave, Yakima. Visit and enjoy samples and information about this year’s successful event! More info…

Past chapbooks
Our most Meetings and Contest Readings are held in the Larson Gallery on YVC’s campus, Nob Hill Blvd & 16th, Yakima. Current chapbooks (and some past chapbooks) are available at all meetings.

A gracious Thank-you for all that contributed to this wonderful publication and event.

You can read samples of the Twenty-second, through Twenty-fifth poems from their respective Publications page.

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