Open Mic

The Yakima Coffeehouse Poets presents Open Mic Night on the second Wednesday (new night!) of each month, September through May. We would like to thank Larson Gallery, W Nob Hill Blvd & 16th Ave, YVC 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 –

April 10, 2019, 7pm

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.

Guest Host: Joannie Stangeland

Joannie Stangeland
Joannie Stangeland

Joannie Stangeland’s newest book is The Scene You See, from Ravenna Press. Her poems have appeared in Boulevard, Prairie Schooner, The Southern Review, and other journals, and she was awarded the 2019 Crosswinds Poetry Contest grand prize. Joannie is now in her thesis year at the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA program.


Self-Portrait, if I Were Bonnard

You find the window framed, morning beyond.
I gaze through panes, but I’m not
in the picture.

The scene you see is what you meet of me.

Not the curtain long on the left edge.
Not the blue cloth on the table, the bowl

of oranges, but this lemon light implied

through glass, this honeyed life that looks out
over the trees, vantage point on vanishing.

Noon’s brash pigments are hours away.

Shadows change their dresses, shift relief

under the paint’s skin—illumined, gold
desire stippled to trick the eye, the sun

a gift, and this the best of me.

Joannie Kervran Stangeland

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.