Poetry Opportunities Around the State

Oregon Poetry Association is eager to support our Oregon and Washington brothers and sisters in poetry. If your group is not listed here or the listing is incorrect, please email [email protected]. This list is not for advertising products or one-time events. Please use our events calendar to list those.


The Writer’s Guild— https://www.thewritersguild.org. Open mic first Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m. WineKraft, Pier 11 Mall, 80 10th St., Astoria. Other activities include residencies, workshops, talks, writer-in-the-schools activities and more. Includes prose as well as poetry.

Contact: Jennifer Nightingale, [email protected]

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/489133709381700


Open mic third Monday, 6:15-7:45 p.m., Camas Library, 625 NE 4th Ave., Camas, WA.

Contact: [email protected].


Poetics Corvallis—first Friday featured reader and open mic at the Interzone Café, 1563 NW Monroe St.

Contact: Frank Hall, [email protected]

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PoeticsCorvallis/about


The Lane Literary Guild sponsors the monthly Windfall Reading Series and other local literary events, offers workshops/critique groups to members, and publishes the Lane Literary Guild blog, which features articles on upcoming readings, member news, and notices of regional workshops and contests. You can find out more at www/laneliteraryguild.org.

Contact: Laura LeHew, Lane Literary Guild, Utterly Chao publishing house


Wordcrafters—offers write-ins, readings, workshops, and other events at the Wordcrafters Studio, 436 Charnelton St. Ste 100, Eugene, OR.

For info: https://wordcrafters.org/be-a-wordcrafter/ 

FLORENCE: Big Wave Spoken Word firstTuesday open mics, 7 to 9 p.m., 120 Maple St., Contact: [email protected]


Manzanita Writers Series—open mics, contests, publications in conjunction with the Hoffman Center.

More info: https://hoffmanarts.org/about/programs/


Milwaukie Poetry Series—first Fridays through October 2023. St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, 2036 SE Jefferson St., Milwaukie. May 5, 6:30 p.m. Featured readers, plus an open mic. Contact Tom Hogan, 503-819-8367 or email at [email protected]


Dave Mehler hosts a group called the Tipped Chair Poets in a conference room at the Coffee Cottage, 808 E. Hancock St., Newberg, the first and third Tuesdays every month, 3 to 5 p.m., alternating critique of your own poems with a discussion of poems by other poets you’re reading and either admiring or are puzzled by or both.

Contact: Dave Mehler, [email protected]


Oregon Writers Colony hosts writing retreats at Colony House on the Oregon coast, plus hosting workshops, an annual conference in Newport, and other writerly events.

More info: [email protected]

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


First Draft—featured writer and open mic on the third Thursdays, 7 p.m., Pendleton Center for the Arts and on Zoom.

More info: [email protected]


Literary Arts: Slamlandia, workshops, fellowships, awards, talks and readings; Verselandia—high school age poetry slam.

Contact: [email protected]

Bigfoot Regional Poetry Slam–annual slam competition in the spring with contests, open mics and writing workshops.

Contact: [email protected]

The Stacks Coffeehouse, 1831 N. Killingsworth St., Unit A, featured reader and open mic, last Sunday of the month, 4 to 6 p.m.

More info: [email protected]

Write Around Portland offers writing programs for people in prisons, schools, hospitals, care facilities and more, along with write-together programs for everyone, including Prompt, Freewrite, and Resonate.

More info: https://www.writearound.org or [email protected]


RASP: Redmond Association of Spoken word. Founded in 1997. Meet last Friday, 7 to 9 p.m. at Centro Cultural Mexicano, 7945 Gilman St., Redmond. Monthly writing critique group at the Redmond Regional Library, second Tuesday, 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. Events are free and don’t require preregistration. Monthly zoom meeting 6:30 p.m.

More info: https://www.raspread.com


Monthly open mics second Thursday evening in community room at the Talent Library, 101 Home St., Talent.

Contact: [email protected].

Rogue Poetry Slam: slam contests at The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant, 51 N Main St, Ashland https://www.facebook.com/RoguePoetrySlam


Marc Janssen, Salem Poetry Project, every Thursday night at the Ike Box in Salem, 7 p.m. Featured poet followed by open mic. Info: [email protected]. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=Salem%20Poetry%20Project

MID-VALLEY (Salem): Poetry on the Air, KMUZ.org, second and fourth Fridays, 10 to 10:30 a.m., column monthly in the Statesman-Journal

Contact: Mike Shuler—[email protected]


Monthly open mic: [email protected]; Steve Slamenda, [email protected], [email protected]



Haiku Northwest, monthly meetings alternate between Zoom and in-person.

Contact: [email protected]

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