The Seattle Public Library, Northeast Branch, is hosting its annual all-ages poetry contest, in which everyone is invited to submit a poem at any time in April, and potentially win prizes (including the Wedgie grand prize trophy) and read their poems aloud at the awards ceremony and poetry reading on May 18th. Several other library branches are also hosting poetry events in April, which you can find by searching the library’s online calendar of events for “poetry.”
Check out these online calendars of poetry open mics all over town – the PoetsWest Poetry Readings Calendar, and the Seattle Poet Calendar. And sometime this month, all you poetry lovers might also want to schedule a visit to the Open Books poetry bookstore in Wallingford, arguably the heart of the poetry community in Seattle.
Another not to miss event is the Seattle Poetry Slam’s annual Grand Slam at Town Hall, this year on May 2nd, in which the competitive performance poetry team is chosen to represent the city at the National Poetry Slam. And if you need a final poetry fix, the library will be hosting the 2016 Seattle’s Civic Poet, Claudia Castro Luna– at various branches from April 26th – May 8th.