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!

November 14, 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: Betty Van Ryder

Yakima Coffeehouse Poets 

Betty Van Ryder has lived in Yakima for 60 years. She taught ninth grade at Franklin Junior High followed by teaching in the gifted program.  Her writing interest began in elementary school and has never waned.  Betty continues to connect with others writers through the Yakima Coffeehouse Poets.  She has a parallel interest in art and is very happy we are at Larson Gallery for our Open Mic Night readings.

Yakima Coffeehouse Poets


Ars Poetica  2018

This is a quiet poem 
that does not shout
or whistle
or stamp her feet.

She tiptoes over soft grass
 in her bare feet 
along the seashore
enjoying the wet sand 
squishing though her toes. 

She pauses to drink in the beauty 
of the pastel clouds 
drifting across the blue sky.
She feels the gentle breeze 
caress her face 
and whispers this poem is for you.

                        —Betty Van Ryder

Yakima Poetry

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.



Search our site...


2018 Contest chapbook 

Yakima Coffeehouse Poets present

Link to our: 
Library of Publications

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 


Learn more...


Like us on

 Visit us on Facebook!


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