Open Mic

With the COVID-19 situation, our in-person Open Mic Night meetings have temporarily been derailed. However, we want to keep our poetry community engaged. Stay tuned for new Poetry options this Open Mic season!

The Yakima Coffeehouse Poets presents Open Mic Night on the second Wednesday of each month, September through May, usually held at the Larson Gallery, YVCC Campus but…

Our 2020-21 monthly YCP Open Mic Night season begins via ZOOM™ at 7 pm. We hope to be back in the Larson Gallery soon.  

Next Open Mic (via ZOOM)
Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at 7:00pm.

Host: Kathleen Smith

     Kathleen Smith is a northwest poet with roots in Montana’s Flathead Valley. Her work has appeared in Raven Chronicles, Shrub-Steppe Poetry Journal, Windfall, Cirque, Rise Up Review, Baseball Bard, and The Far Field. She has won several awards from the Yakima Coffeehouse Poets and is included in regional anthologies from Okanogan Poems, Floating Bridge Review, LitFuse at 10, and 129+ More Poets of WA.

     Second generation in this country, she carries a long Irish memory. Like Gary Snyder and Tess Gallagher, Kathleen is a logger’s kid who learned early to read both the woods and books. She lives and writes in the mountain community of Roslyn, Wash., where she co-founded the Winter Poetry series now in its eighth year.


Host poet is Kathleen Smith of Roslyn, Washington
Host poet, Kathleen Smith of Roslyn, Washington

A ZOOM link is circulated by email the day before the event for those of you who want to attend virtually.
If you wish to read, please sign up via email:

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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.

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