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..
February 13, 2019, 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: TheTest-Tube
The Test-Tube Poets are a local folk-singing group
who write and perform all original songs.
The reason for the name is that these are all high school teachers, two English teachers (the
poets) and one chemistry teacher (the test-tube). Mark Burns and Dan Noll teach English and
Chemistry at West Valley High School, and Dana Lemieux teaches English at Naches High School.
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.