Open Mic

The Yakima Coffeehouse Poets presents Open Mic Night on the second Wednesday of each month, September through May.

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.

We would like to thank Larson Gallery, W Nob Hill Blvd & 16th Ave, Yakima Valley College Campus, in Yakima, for allowing us the use of its Gallery Space.

Yakima Coffeehouse Poets

Next Open Mic night…
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
has been

Temporarily Canceled Due to COVID-19 State Mandated closures.
Temporarily Canceled Due to COVID-19 State Mandated closures.
Check back again soon for updates on May’s Open Mic Night.

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.

Yakima Coffeehouse Poets


Like the Poetry contest, Open Mic Night got its start at Allied Arts. The event was initiated in 2005 by local poet Elaine Smith. Then 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.