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.

Our 2020-21 monthly YCP Open Mic Night season begins via ZOOM at 7 pm, Wednesday, September 9th.  Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna will host.

A ZOOM link will be circulated by email on September 8th for those of you who want to attend virtually.
If you wish to read, please sign up via email:

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September 2020 – from Claudia Castro Luna…

Dear Friends,
I am thrilled to share that One River, A Thousand Voices, my book length poem in the shape of an accordion, is now available from Chin Music Press.

The release party will be September 23rd in partnership with Columbia Riverkeeper whose mission is to protect and restore the waters and all life connected to the Columbia River. The wonderful Tyrone Ross Thompson will be joining me.

Ongoing book purchases through Chin Music Press will benefit the important and pressing work of Columbia Riverkeeper.

Sign up for the reading/webinar HERE

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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.