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..
December 12, 2018, 7pm
Larson Gallery, YVC
(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
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
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.