Open Mic

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

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.

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.

Yakima Coffeehouse Poets

Next Open Mic night…
February 12, 2020, 7 pm

Host: Jen Lynn

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.

Jen Lynn
Jen Lynn is a therapeutic autocross dreamer, who dabbles in mind reconstruction theory. She is a student, a teacher, a poet, a human, and divinely awoken to quantum musings. She skillfully navigates unmarked roads at tumultuous speeds as a mom of five, as a driving instructor, as a teacher of English and Language Arts.

Jen has lived in the Yakima Valley for most of her life and is a regular at the Yakima Coffeehouse Poets. She is prone to wandering towards kittens in the wilderness and is always picking up buttons at inappropriate times.

soil beneath my feet
crumbles, reveals
a spectrum—
light captured
in cubes

hollow children paint
with apocalyptic crystals
along the city walls

a school of fish
eternally descends
through ominous
                                                  – Jen Lynn
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 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.