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Yakima Coffeehouse Poets

A meeting place for Yakima regional writers

Annual Poetry Contest

The "Annual Juried Poetry Contest and Reading" is not new with the Yakima Coffeehouse Poets. Actually, 2018 is the contest's 24th year, a milestone which is reflected in the title of this year's contest chapbook: "twenty-fourth."


The event has a history, one that got its start in 1994 as the brainchild of Elizabeth Herres Miller, a former executive director of Allied Arts of Yakima who thought a literary event would complement the nonprofit' s visual arts calendar. The contest quickly caught on. In 2006, a second event was later added: "Open Mic Night," a monthly spoken-word forum for local poets to read their own poetry. Unfortunately, while the fortunes of these poetry events waxed, those of Allied Arts waned. The nonprofit closed its doors in December 2013.


Enter the Yakima Coffeehouse Poets, organized by local writers in 2014. The goal? Keep poetry alive! A nonprofit was formed.


In 2014, in lieu of a contest, YCP, supported by many generous donors, published "Twentieth," an anthology of winners from 19 years of contests under Allied Arts. The title acknowledges what would have been the contest's 20th year. The release event on Nov. 30, 2014, attracted many poets from past years who read their winning poems to a standing-room-only crowd.


That event set the stage for the 2015 Yakima Coffeehouse Poetry Contest, which, if you give us the formatting hiccup in 2014 to reorganize, marked 21 consecutive years of juried poetry competition in the Central Washington poetry community.  


The 2017 chapbook of winners, "twenty-third," with cover art by Cheryl Hahn, is available for a $10 donation to YCP either at Inklings Bookshop or Oak Hollow Custom Framing & Gallery. Earlier chapbooks from past years are still available by contacting Ed Stover at
 or 509-833-8577.



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The twenty-fourth annual
 Poetry Contest Reading Event

was a great success!

Read sample poems &
stay tuned for more information.

   Events are free, however, donations to YCP are welcome.


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2017 Yakima Coffeehouse Poetry Contest
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Emcee Mark Fuzie
Emcee Mark Fuzie

Joyce Hernandez reading at the 2017 Contest.
Joyce Hernandez reading at the 2017 Contest.

Reception and lots of chitchat
Lots of chit-chat at the reception.

The Test Tube Poets
The Test Tube Poets providing entertainment for us all




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2016 Yakima Coffeehouse Poetry Contest
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2016 Poetry Contest - Judge Clair Carpenter
Judge Claire Carpenter speaking to the audience at The Seasons.


2016 Poetry Contest Emcee - Mark Fuzie
Emcee Mark Fuzie

2016 Poetry Contest - Kathleen Smith
Second Prize - Kathleen Smith

2016 Poetry Contest Tom Pier Prize - W.D. Frank
Tom Pier Prize - W.D. Frank


2016 Poetry Contest - Randi Gotlieb
Honorable Mention - Randie Gotlieb



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2015 Yakima Coffeehouse Poetry Contest

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2015 Poetry Contest First Prize - Joanna Thomas
First Prize - Joanna Thomas


2015 Poetry Contest Second Prize - Karly Smith
Second Prize - Karly Smith


2015 Poetry Contest Third Prize - Susan Blair
Third Prize - Susan Blair

2015 Poetry Contest Tom Pier Prize - Jo Shafer
Tom Pier Prize - Jo Shafer


























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2018 Contest chapbook 

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2018 Poetry Contest...

- 1st Prize -
Linda Brown

- 2nd Prize -
E. Hank Buchmann

- 3rd Prize -
Kathleen Smith

- Tom Pier Prize -
Kathleen Stancik

- Honorable Mention -
Lance Brender
Claire Carpenter
Phil Cibicki
Randie Gottlieb
Penny K. Johnson
Susan Johnson
Terry Martin
Samantha Mesman
Fain Rutherford
Ed Stover

- 2018 Judges -
Vicki Patschke
Jack Radosevich
Karen Troianello 


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Featured Poets...


Reading Naomi Shihab Nye
Linda Brown

Train Dreams
E. Hank Buchmann

Kathleen Smith

 —After a line by Diane Seuss
Kathleen Stancik

Natural History
Fain Rutherford