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, April 14, 2021, at 7:00pm.

Host: Michael Dylan Welch

Michael Dylan Welch

Michael Dylan Welch is president of the Redmond Association of Spokenword (RASP), for which he directs the annual Poets in the Park festival. He also curates SoulFood Poetry Night and served two terms as poet laureate for Redmond, Washington. He is also the founder of National Haiku Writing Month (, since 2010) and director of the Seabeck Haiku Getaway (since 2008).

His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in hundreds of journals, books, and anthologies in at least 22 languages. He was keynote speaker for the Haiku International Association conference in Tokyo in 2013, and in 2012 one of his waka translations from the Japanese appeared on the back of 150 million U.S. postage stamps. Pandemic times have motivated him to create PowerPoint animations for many of his haiku sequences, but he looks forward to having poetry readings once again in person. Michael’s website, devoted mostly to poetry, is

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:

Email Yakima Coffeehouse Poets for more information.
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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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