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…
Wednesday,
December 11, 2019, 7 pm

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.

Host: Yakima poet Angel Ramirez

"I was a prolific artist as a child, always drawing or creating something with whatever materials were available.  Poetry is not a medium I'd explored until a few years ago when experimenting with different formats for philosophical notation.  Poetry turned out to be an ideal method for organizing and manipulating ideas, so I've been producing poems ever since." —Angel Ramirez
“I was a prolific artist as a child, always drawing or creating something with whatever materials were available. Poetry is not a medium I’d explored until a few years ago when experimenting with different formats for philosophical notation. Poetry turned out to be an ideal method for organizing and manipulating ideas, so I’ve been producing poems ever since.” —Angel Ramirez

Limbo
       —By Angel Ramirez

A wise man once observed that his people marched toward a sort of limbo

An in-between state of being

Neither wolf nor dog
is the way that he described it

We
are in that limbo now

We’re the bison
tangled in the barbs and wires of the web of fences which we lay
to divide ourselves from one another

We’re the salmon
slamming up against the bulwark of the power generating structures which we pave
clear across our evolutionary veins

We’re the wolf
dreaming of a life under a roaming moon
but awake howling in silence in the confines of our dens

We’re the dog
Orphaned from our very nature
and maladapted for the world we create

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.