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


Bainbridge Island 

Clark County


Kenmore (Youth Poet Laureate)


(website under development)


Port Angeles (Clallam County Poet Laureate)

Port Townsend


Seattle Civic Poet

Seattle Youth Poet Laureate


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, sometimes 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)

Whatcom Writers and Publishers group photo taken February 28, 2024

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

The Elephants

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



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


Cascadia Magazine


Crab Creek Review


Golden Handcuffs Review


The Monarch Review


Open Spaces

Pacifica Literary Review

Poetry Northwest

Pontoon Poetry (Floating Bridge Press)

Seattle Review

Shark Reef

Tahoma Literary Review

Tahoma West