Seattle

African-American Writers Alliance


Since 1991, the African-American Writers Alliance (AAWA) has been a diverse and dynamic collective of writers of African descent, organized by Georgia S. McDade, charter member. Everyone is always welcome at all meetings.


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/africanamericanwritersalliance

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/africanamericanwritersalliance/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzL1B_vULTPh-MGAeXn8DHA

Email: aawaseattle1991@gmail.com


AAWA Writers Read (Hybrid)

Second Sundays 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (does not meet May and August)

Columbia Branch Library

4721 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118


AAWA Open Mic — Third Place Books Seward Park

Second Thursdays 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. (does not meet in December)

Third Place Books Seward Park

5041 Wilson Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118


AAWA at SouthEast Seattle Senior Center

Third Wednesdays 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

SouthEast Seattle Senior Center

4655 S Holly St, Seattle, WA 98118

Group photo of the AAWA Open Mic taken September 10, 2018

Group photo taken February 24, 2018 at AAWA’s annual reading at Elliott Bay Book Company

Castalia Reading Series

Fourth Tuesdays 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. (November; January–May)


The Pine Box

1600 Melrose Ave SE, Seattle, WA 98122


Group photo taken January 23, 2024

Couth Buzzard Community Open Mic 

Every Wednesday 6:45 – 9:00 p.m.


Couth Buzzard Books

8310 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103


Group photos taken December 27, 2023

Easy Speak Seattle

Second and fourth Mondays 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.


Wedgwood Broiler

8230 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115

(in banquet room)


Group photo taken January 22, 2024

It’s About Time Writers Reading Series 

Second Thursdays 6:00 – 7:45 p.m.


Ballard Branch of Seattle Public Library

5614 22nd Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107


Group photo taken February 8, 2024

Margin Shift: Friends in Poetry

Meets quarterly and on an ad hoc basis at various venues across the homeland of the Duwamish and Coast Salish people (Seattle, Washington)


Open Mic at Bulldog

Third Saturdays 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.


Bulldog News & Cafe

4208 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105


Open Mic Night at Inside 

Second Saturdays 7:30 – 11:30 p.m.


Inside

1313 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101


Open Mic Night at Innervisions Posters

First Fridays 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.


Innervisions Posters

4548 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105


Open Mic Night at Tim’s Tavern

Every Wednesday 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.


Tim’s Tavern

9655 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106


Open Mic Poetry Night

First Fridays 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.


Miller Community Center

330 19th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112


Group photo taken February 2, 2024

Poetry & Sip: A Poetry Open Mic

Last Fridays 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.


Inside

1313 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101


Group photo taken December 29, 2023

PoetryBridge Association of West Seattle

Second Wednesdays 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. (except in the summer)


C&P Coffee Company

5612 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98136



Group photo (small photo) taken January 11, 2023

Group photo taken January 10, 2024

Poetry in the Park

Starting on the first Thursday in April and then on alternating Thursdays 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. through September


Meadowbrook Pond

NE 105th St and 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98146

(meet at the sound reflector)


Poetry Potluck 

Third Wednesdays 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.


Ballard Branch of Seattle Public Library

5614 22nd Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107


Group photo taken January 17, 2024 

Spoken Word Open Mic Night

First and third Thursdays 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.


Nook & Cranny Books

324 15th Ave E #101, Seattle, WA 98112


Group photo taken December 21, 2023

Unpoetry 


Second Saturdays 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Bulldog News & Cafe

4208 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

All ages


Last Thursday of the month  8:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Casa del Xolo

3418 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103


Words in Motion Salon

Third Sundays 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.


Meets in a North Seattle private home

Seattle, Washington


Works in Progress

Readings held on various dates, in person and online


Works in Progress is Hugo Houses semi-monthly open-mic series inclusive of diverse formats and storytelling crafts. Read your work—poetry, fiction, essays, memoirs, plays, music, comedy, and more—and connect with your literary community. Readings open to all. You dont have to read—guests and audience members are encouraged to attend.



Works in Progress (virtual)

Visit website (above) for date and Zoom access; 7:00–9:00 p.m.

Zoom link opens at 6:45 p.m.

Sign-up is on a first-come basis and begins at check-in


Works in Progress (in person)

Visit website (above) for date; 6:009:00 p.m.

Hugo House 

1634 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Doors open/sign-in begins at 6:00 p.m. 

Open mic begins at 7:00 p.m.

The order for the 20 reading slots is randomly assigned with readers notified of their slot before readings begin (each reader has five minutes to read)