Poetry Resources

The following poetry resources are generally limited to Western Washington. To offer additions or revisions, please contact Michael Dylan Welch (web manager) at WelchM@aol.com.

Poets Laureate

Please let us know if we’re missing any cities in our region, or if you know of better website links.


Washington State Poet Laureate


Auburn


Bainbridge Island 


Bremerton


Kenmore (Youth Poet Laureate)


Lacey

(website under development)


Olympia


Port Angeles (Clallam County Poet Laureate)


Port Townsend


Redmond


Seattle Civic Poet


Seattle Youth Poet Laureate


Tacoma


Vancouver (Clark County Poet Laureate)


Vashon Island

(no website)


Conferences and Retreats

Please let us know of other conferences and retreats in our region that we can add.


Cascadia Poetry Festival

(often in Seattle, annually in October)


Centrum Writers Conference

(Port Townsend, annually in July)


Chuckanut Writers Conference

(Bellingham, June)


Orcas Island Lit Fest

(Orcas Island, June, with poetry components)


Pacific Northwest Writers Association Conference

(Seattle, September, includes some poetry components)


Poets on the Coast

(La Conner, writing retreat for women)


Rainforest Writers Village

(Lake Quinnault, five-day writing retreats)


Seabeck Haiku Getaway

(Seabeck, annual Haiku Northwest retreat in October)


Skagit River Poetry Festival

(La Conner, held in October in even-numbered years)


Write in the Harbor

(Tacoma, November)


Write on the Sound

(Edmonds, October)


Other Resources

Please help us expand these listings, focusing on Western Washington.


Cultivating Voices Live Poetry (Zoom)

First, second, and third Sundays 12:00–1:30 p.m.

(originally a Western Washington poetry series)


Hedgebrook (Freeland)

(writer residency programs for women)


Hugo House (Seattle)

(poetry and other writing classes and readings)


Index Arts Festival (Index)

(annual festival in July with a poetry open mic)


Jack Straw Writers (Seattle)

(annual fellowship that welcomes poets)


Open Books: A Poem Emporium (Seattle)

(poetry-only bookstore, with readings and occasional workshops)


The Poetry Department Blog (Bellingham)

(statewide and national poetry news)


Pongo Poetry Project (Seattle)

(teaching youth poetry in prisons)


Seattle Arts & Lectures (Seattle)

(visiting speakers, featuring a poetry series)


Whatcom Writers and Publishers (Bellingham)

(supper club connecting writers to publishing industry leaders, sometime focusing on poetry)


Writers in the Schools (Puget Sound)

(teaching residencies in public schools for poets and other writers)


Youth Poetry Fellowship (Seattle)

(mentorship activities and learning opportunities for youth poets)


Poetry Presses

Most of these Western Washington presses are devoted exclusively to poetry; please help us expand this list.


Bainbridge Island Press


Black Heron Press


Brooding Heron Press and Bindery


Cave Moon Press


Chatwin Books


Chin Music Press


Copper Canyon Press


East Point West Press


Egress Studio


Empty Bowl Press


Entre Ríos Books


Floating Bridge Press


Headmistress Press


MoonPath Press

(originated in Western Washington)


Mud Flat Press


NeoPoiesis Press


The North Press


Pleasure Boat Studio


Press Here


Printed Matter Vancouver


Radial Books


Ravenna Press


Raven Chronicles Press


Rose Alley Press


Sasquatch Books


Two Sylvias Press


University of Washington Press


Wandering Aengus Press


Wave Books


Woodworks


WordFarm


World Enough Writers

(originated in Western Washington)


Poetry Journals

Some of these Western Washington journals are devoted exclusively to poetry but not all; please help us expand this list.


Bellingham Review


Bracken


Cascadia Magazine


Clamor


Crab Creek Review


Crosscurrents


Golden Handcuffs Review


Image


The Monarch Review


Moss


Open Spaces


Pacifica Literary Review


Poetry Northwest


Pontoon Poetry (Floating Bridge Press)


Seattle Review


Shark Reef


Tahoma Literary Review


Tahoma West