Yakima Coffeehouse Poets   

Yakima Coffeehouse Poets

A meeting place for Yakima regional writers

Open Mic

The Yakima Coffeehouse Poets presents Open Mic Night on the second Wednesday (new night!) of each month, September through May. We would like to thank Larson Gallery, W Nob Hill Blvd & 16th Ave, YVC Campus, in Yakima, for allowing us the use of its Gallery Space. This event is open to the public and people are encouraged to read their original poetry (please keep your reading time to about 4 minutes). Donations are welcome at the door..

Next Open Mic!

Wednesday
December 12, 2018, 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: Donna Raforth

Donna Raforth was born and grew up in Laramie, Wyoming.  Her college degrees are from the University of Wyoming and the University of Colorado, making her a “Cowboy” and a “Buffalo.”  She has lived in Yakima for nearly 30 years.  During her years of raising children and working as a public school speech/language pathologist, she wrote a scattering of poetry.  Happily, since retirement she has had way more time for reading and writing poetry.  Among her favorite things are long, loose walks, and short, tight poems.

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Donna Raforth - Yakima Coffeehouse Poets Dec 2018

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Me

Wyoming native
born of wind and open space
child of sage and books

                            - Donna Raforth 

  


Like the Poetry contest, Open Mic Night got its start at Allied Arts. The event was initiated in 2005 by local poet Elaine Smith and was encouraged by the former Allied Arts director Elizabeth Herres Miller and her successor Jessica Moskwa.  They felt a monthly forum where local poets could read original work would complement the annual contest. They were right. Poets Claire Carpenter, Dotty Armstrong, Chuck Forster, Rod Nelson, Linda Brown, Ed Stover, Elaine Smith, and Mark Fuzie have kept Open Mic alive.

Open Mic Night was popular at the outset and remains so as a program now run by the Yakima Coffeehouse Poets.  Come read a poem and meet your fellow Yakima poets.

 

 

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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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Reading Naomi Shihab Nye
Linda Brown


Train Dreams
E. Hank Buchmann


Volcano
Kathleen Smith


Legacy
 —After a line by Diane Seuss
Kathleen Stancik

Natural History
Fain Rutherford