For those unaware, April is National Poetry Month and there are many ways to celebrate in Seattle. There is something for everyone from those who write poetry to those who just appreciate it. There are events where one can stand up strong and proclaim the words of their heart and others where one can huddle with other appreciators and discuss. Below are five of the best.
Seattle Poetry Slam
1114 Howell St.
Seattle, WA 98101
What better way to celebrate National Poetry Month than showing up at Seattle’s longest running poetry slam? Presenting new poems since 1992, The Seattle Poetry Slam is currently staged at Re-Bar. Sign-ups for both the Open Mic and Slam poets begin at 8 p.m. and are closed by 8:30 p.m. Then, contestants are picked randomly. Open Mic poets will have three minutes to perform and slammers must have three poems prepared. Cover charge is $5.
110 2nd St. S.W.
Auburn, WA 98003
Located in downtown Auburn, The Station Bistro features a Poetry Night the first Monday of each month from 7-9 p.m. However, don’t go there just for the poetry, as the food is casual and delicious. Every sandwich is served with The Station Bistro’s famous homemade potato chips. Poetry Night is a nice way to relax and unwind after a hectic Monday afternoon.
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2811 Wetmore Ave.
Everett, WA 98201
Poetry is alive up north as well. Café Zippy in Everett features Spot-Open Mic Poetry and Acoustic Music events every Thursday from 7-9 p.m. Poets of all ages and experience levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. Café Zippy is family friendly with a focus on creating a pleasant community gathering place. Zippy’s offers a good variety of coffee and tea drinks, sandwiches, pastries and more with walls full of local artists’ work to enjoy.
1000 4th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
The Central Library in Seattle hosts a Poetry Appreciation Group each Tuesday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Books Spiral 6 Meeting Room. This is a group for those who really enjoy reading and discussing poetry. From contemporary to classic poems, all are welcome at this free event, including drop-ins. This is a perfect stress-free meeting to enjoy with others with excellent taste.
200 University St.
Seattle, WA 98101
Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Poetry Series celebrates Nikky Finney Thursday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. Born in South Carolina, Finney grew up in a home of activists during the heat of the civil rights movement. Over the years, she has written four books of poetry including the award-winning “The World is Round” written in 2003.
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