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, March 10, 2021, at 7:00pm.

Host: Susan Blair

Susan Blair
Susan Blair

Susan Blair is a poet, writer, arts event organizer and award-winning speaker. Her poetry chapbook, What Remains of a Life, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2018. Her work has also appeared in numerous print and online publications. Susan founded The Shrub-Steppe Poetry Journal, an annual anthology representing the poets of Central Washington. She also writes poetry for children and appears in costume as “Perri the Poetry Fairy.” Susan graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont with a B.A. in German and Russian and currently lives in Wenatchee, WA.

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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