Open Mic

With the COVID-19 situation, our Open Mic Night meetings have temporarily been derailed. However, we want to keep our poetry community engaged. Please visit our Online Open Mic page for a virtual version…

Online Open Mic


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

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


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.