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SPOKEN WORD CALENDAR

UPDATED: 4/30/2016

SUNDAY, MAY 1 (1ST SUNDAY)

Sunday, May 1 @ 10 am – 7 pm The Voices of Our Ancestors, a Native American Storytelling Gathering @ Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center, 5011 Bernie Whitebear Way. Ten local Native storytellers share traditional stories + legends during the day. They also share their experiences + knowledge around storytelling in panels + workshops + there’s an open mic.

Sunday, May 1 @ 1 pm Anastasia Higginbotham, author of Death is Stupid @ Elliott Bay Books, 1521 10th Ave. Death is Stupid is a picture book about talking with young children about death. Higginbotham will be in conversation with Michael Hebb, founder of Death Over Dinner.

Sunday, May 1 @ 1:30-4:30 pm Poetry on Buses Community Poetry Workshop: Punjabi @ Khalsa Gurmat School, 16940 116th Ave SE, Renton. Facilitated poetry writing workshop, refreshments, and opportunity to learn about Poetry on Buses program + team. Learn more at poetryonbuses.org, RSVP at rsvp@poetryonbuses.org.

Sunday, May 1 @ 6 pm Ogopogo with Greg Bem, Scherezade Siobhan, Amaranth Borsuk, Ilsa Olsen, and Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore @ The Pocket Theater, 8312 Greenwood Ave N. Tickets $10 advance, $15 at door.

Sunday, May 1 @ 7-8:30 pm Cheap Weed & Memoir features David Schmader @ Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave. Weed: The User’s Guide is Schmader’s new nonfiction. Also reading will be Tina Rowley, Adrian Ryan, and Sir Brian McGuigan (not sure when Brian got knighted, but I’m not shocked it involved weed). The bar is serving liquid refreshments, but not weed. This one appears not to include open mic.

Sunday, May 1 @ 8-9 pm Deep Lez at Sketch Month @ The Pocket Theater, 8312 Greenwood Ave N. Brand new sketches along with old faves + the comedic talents of Human Resources Improv. Tickets $10 advance (before 4 pm), $14 door

MONDAY, MAY 2 (1ST MONDAY)

Monday, May 2 @ 6-8:15 pm The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes presents: Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey Jr @ Seattle Central Library, 1000 4th Ave.

Monday, May 2 @ 6:30 pm signups, 7-9 pm show Works in Progress OPEN MIC @ Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave. PRO TIP: Get your name in the jar well before 6:30 if you want to read for sure. 1st and 3rd Mondays.

Monday, May 2 @ 7 pm Paul Engler, author of This is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt is Shaping the Twenty-First Century, speaks @ Elliott Bay Books, 1521 10th Ave.

Monday, May 2 @ 7 pm Taking Time: A Tribute to Chantal Akerman: Down There @ Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave. Chantal Akerman “never intended” to make a film about Israel, but here it is nevertheless. Tickets $11 general, $8 senior/child/student, $6 NWFF member via Brown Paper Tickets.

Monday, May 2 @ 7:45 doors/sign-up, 8-10 pm show Bellingham Poetrynight features + OPEN MIC @ Bellingham Public Library (back fountain entry), 210 Central Ave, Bham. Doors + sign-up at 7:45 pm. Poetry begins at 8 pm sharp. Free, but they do pass the hat for donations. Every Monday.

TUESDAY, MAY 3 (1ST TUESDAY)

Tuesday, May 3 @ 4-6 pm Verb Slingers OPEN MIC @ Funhouse Seattle, 109 Eastlake Ave E. Spoken word, sign up and read. Poetry, prose, hip hop, comedy, other cunning linguists encouraged. Free. $1 tacos + happy hour drink specials. Every Tuesday.

Tuesday, May 3 @ 6-10 pm First Tuesday Write-In @ Wayward Coffeehouse, 6417 Roosevelt Way NE. Write for 45 min, chat for 15, rinse, repeat. All writers of any genre, skill level, or type are welcome.

Tuesday, May 3 @ 7 pm Black Box launch party/readings @ Elliott Bay Books, 1521 10th Ave. official launch of Black Box: A Record of the Catastrophe with Many Voices, Volume 1. “What happens if you walk away? What happens if you don’t? Black Box is both a philosophy of the street and a poetics of revolutionary encounter.” Readings by Charles Mudede, John Criscitello, Corianton Hale, Stuart Smithers, Tanya Erzen, Brendan Kiley, Patrik Ood-noir, Alejandro de Acosta + more. Then drinks at Vermillion. You might have to speak or mingle. If you want.

Tuesday, May 3 @ 7 pm Jane Hamilton, author of The Excellent Lombards, in conversation with Elizabeth George @ Seattle Central Library, 1000 4th Ave.

Tuesday, May 3 @ 7:30 pm Stephanie Coontz, author of The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap @ Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave. Tickets $5 at door starting 6:30 pm, or in advance via http://www.townhallseattle.org.

Tuesday, May 3 @ 8 pm signup, 8:30 pm show Seattle Poetry Slam features + OPEN MIC + Slam @ Rebar, 1114 Howell St. Doors 8 pm, OPEN MIC 8:30 pm, slam 9 pm. Every Tuesday.

Tuesday, May 3 @ 8 pm Comedy Nest features + OPEN MIC @ The Rendezvous, 2322 2nd Ave. Comedy Nest happens every TUESDAY in the Grotto at the Rendezvous. Every night has 20 3-minute open mic spots to fill, a featured comic, and new comics and returning comics to the stage. Sign up at NOON SUNDAYS at comedynestseattle@gmail.com. Half the spots are reserved for self-identifying female comics. Cover $5, comics get in free.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 4 (1ST WEDNESDAY)

Wednesday, May 4 @ 7 pm Roger Thurow, author of The First 1,000 Days: a Crucial Time for Mothers and Children—and the World, speaks @ Seattle Athenaeum Library, 314 Marion St.

Wednesday, May 4 @ 6-7:30 pm Lecture and dance performance, Illuminatio: Yo Soy @ Seattle Central Library, Microsoft Auditorium, 1000 4th Ave. Spanish playwright Antonio Delgado and choreographer Amanda Goodwin speak on the origins and inspiration of their collaborative work, Illuminatio: Yo Soy, touching on the economic crisis in Spain, as well as Antonio´s acting technique for personal growth. Dancers from The Illuminatio Project add their reflections on the collaboration and perform excerpts.

Wednesday, May 4 @ 6-8 pm Evening of Prose Poems @ Porchlight Coffee & Records, 1517 14th Ave. Celebrate the release of Amelia Marten’s The Spoons in the Grass Are There To Dig A Moat. Featuring original prose poems by Ameila Martens (Kentucky) + Gary Copeland Lilley (Port Angeles), along with Seattle poets Jane Wong, Chelsea Werner-Jatzke, Matthew Kelsey, Sasha LaPointe, + Benjamin Schmitt.

Wednesday, May 4 @ 6:30 pm doors, 7 pm show The Gay Uncle Time: Grace (as in JONES) @ Jewel Box Theater, 2322 2nd Ave. Fabulous special guests for the evening include the sensational Eric Blu/ Eric Martin, the magical artStar Charlatan, the dynamic & delightful Gams Galore, & the phenomenal Little Bear the Bearded Lady! Special appearance by Smitty Buckler of Collective-o Geniuses! Featuring the debut performance of the brand spanking new THE GAY UNCLE TIME THEME SONG by announcer Cory Webb! Tickets $6 cash at door.

Wednesday, May 4 @ 7 pm The Earth Wants YOU by Rev. Billy @ Elliott Bay Books, 1521 10th Ave. Rev. Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping reads from his motivational handbook meant to inspire its readers to challenge the consumerism, racism, and militarism that are killing our planet.

Wednesday, May 4 @ 7 pm signup, 7:30-9:30 pm show OPEN MIC @ Couth Buzzard Books & Espresso Buono Cafe, 8310 Greenwood Ave N. Music, poems, dance, comedy, stories. Info wrussellcarrick@gmail.com or 206-436-2960. Every Wednesday.

Wednesday, May 4 @ 7 pm signup, 8 pm show Rain City Slam features + OPEN MIC @ Jai Thai, 235 Broadway E. $3 entry. Every Wednesday.

Wednesday, May 4 @ 7-9 pm Writing for a Cause with Nick Licata, Anastacia Renee, Anne Focke, Elissa Washuta @ Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave.

Wednesday, May 4 @ 9 pm OPEN MIC presented by FDaL @ Blue Moon, 712 NE 45th. “If you do anything in art please come.” MCs Matt & Naomi.

THURSDAY, MAY 5 (1ST THURSDAY)

Thursday, May 5 @ 6-8 pm Eve’s Bayou: African American Film Series @ Seattle Central Library, 1000 4th Ave. Because it’s important.

Thursday, May 5 @ 6-9 pm Olympia People’s Mic featuring Maya Hersh @ Ben Moore’s Restaurant, 112 4th Ave W, Oly. Every Thursday.

Thursday, May 5 @ 7 pm Black Laughs Matter @ Erickson Theatre Off Broadway, 1524 Harvard Ave. Featuring Anthony Robinson, Abraham Tadesse, and Monisa Brown with host & opening act Cyprus Richardson.

Thursday, May 5 @ 7 pm Kate Tempest, author of The Bricks that Built the Houses and already famous as a rapper and poet, speaks @ Elliott Bay Books, 1521 10th Ave.

Thursday, May 5 @ 7 pm Book signing for The Can’t-idates: Running For President When Nobody Knows Your Name @ Ravenna Third Place Books, 6504 20th Ave NE.

Thursday, May 5 @ 7-9 pm The Enchanted Life and Temporary Death of Sadie December @ Gay City Health Project, 817 E Pike. One-woman, multimedia play by Dorothy Frances Kent. Part autobiography, part magical realism, it chronicles Sadie’s spiritual childhood in the Pacific Northwest, the harsh realities of having to live as a boy, and finally, rediscovering herself through art, community and the natural world. Tickets $15 general, $12 students/seniors, $20 sponsors. May 5-8 and 19-22.

Thursday, May 5 @ 7-9 pm Book launch for The Winter Fortress by Neal Bascomb @ Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave. Short reading + Norwegian-inspired cocktails. Books for sale by Elliott Bay Books.

Thursday, May 5 @ 7-10 pm Everett Poetry Nite features with musical guest + OPEN MIC @ Cafe Zippy LLC, 2811 Wetmore Ave, downtown Everett. Contact Duane Kirby Jensen duanekirbyjensen@redspud.com. Free, all ages. Every Thursday.

Thursday, May 5 @ 7:30 pm Geoff Manaugh, author of A Burglar’s Guide to the City, speaks @ Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave. Architecture blogger Manaugh looks at buildings and building patterns as indicators of what is safe, what is inviting, what encourages malfeasance, and what discourages it. Tickets $5 at door starting 6:30 pm, or in advance via http://www.townhallseattle.org.

Thursday, May 5-22 @ 8 pm Rap on Race @ Leo K Theater, 155 Mercer St. In 1970, Margaret Mead and James Baldwin recorded their conversation about race. It was published as a book, and now Anna Deavere Smith has collaborated with choreographer Donald Byrd to re-imagine it through an evening of devised dance/theater. Features Donald Byrd as James Baldwin, Julie Briskman as Margaret Mead, and Spectrum Dance Theater dancers. May 5-8, 12-15, 19-22. Tickets $42 adult, $32 senior, $22 student.

FRIDAY, MAY 6 (1ST FRIDAY)

Friday, May 6 @ noon Gabriella Hernandez presents her Joteria Undocumented Workshop @ CoCA, 106 Cherry St. A conversation about the existing intersectionality among the LGBTQ-Undocumented community. In the workshop the artist challenges the audience to confront fears and stereotypes with an ice breaker that furthers group discussion about some of the struggles the LGBTQ community faces. Followed by a conversation about undocumented people with clarification on rumors about immigration—statistics and information will be shared by the artist. To close up the conversation about undocumented people, the artist will share her own undocumented story and a clarification of terminology, followed by personal time to write and a final discussion of the importance of agency and suggestions for different ways to act.

Friday, May 6 @ 7 pm Brian Christian, author of Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions, speaks @ Elliott Bay Books, 1521 10th Ave.

Friday, May 6 @ 7-10 pm Freshest Roots Expresso OPEN MIC @ Langston Hughes, 104 17th Ave S. Share your writing, poetry, art, comedy, music, and love. If you don’t have anything to share, come anyway! Support your local talent and have some fun! Info keeptherootsalive@freshestroots.com. 1st Fridays.

Friday, May 6 @ 7:30 pm Peter Willcox, author of Greenpeace Captain: My Adventures in Protecting the Future of our Planet, speaks @ Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave. Tickets $5 at door starting 6:30 pm, or in advance via http://www.townhallseattle.org.

Friday, May 6 @ 7:30 pm Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan, authors of Democracy Now! Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America, speak @ Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave. Tickets $5 at door starting 6:30 pm, or in advance via http://www.townhallseattle.org.

Friday, May 6 @ 8 pm Opening of Transcience, a queer & trans art show @ King Street Station. Addresses gentrification, displacement, liminal and transitional spaces. Moving, waiting, changing, sustaining places that offer us public and private platforms to interact with movement and flux. Artists were asked to respond with work that addresses these in-between spaces, whether they relate to physical location, memory, time, or the ethereal. Performances by DoNormaal, Katie Kuffel, Lana McMullen, and others. Gallery open to public until 11:30 pm. Suggested donation $5-$10 at door.

SATURDAY, MAY 7 (1ST SATURDAY)

Saturday, May 7 @ 11 am – 1 pm Gender Sensei Podcast Show @ The Pocket Theater, 8312 Greenwood Ave N. Mac McGregor interviews author Dr. Linda Gromko in front of a live audience that gets to participate.

Saturday, May 7 @ 3:30 pm Open Studio #24 features work by Alissa Bronwyn Regan, Rainbow Fletcher, Petra Zanki, and Erin Cardinal http://www.ontheboards.org/performances/open-studio-24 @ On the Boards Studio Theater, 100 W Roy St. $5 suggested donation.

Saturday, May 7 @ 7 pm Evangelical Zen: A Dialogue @ Elliott Bay Books, 1521 10th Ave. Dialogue with Paul Metzger, author of Evangelical Zen, and George Draffan, executive director of Northwest Dharma Association. Get up off that cushion or slide out of that pew and listen.

Saturday, May 7 @ 7:30-11:30 pm Epilogue/Prologue: A Celebration of Hugo House @ Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave. Beer, wine, food truck. A gallery of photos. Confession booth for your Hugo House stories. Selfies in the photobooth. Create an artifact for display in new building. Take part in performance/project/installment put on by Vis a Vis Society. And write on the walls! RSVP for free beer/wine chits.

Saturday, May 7 @ 8-11 pm Transcience: Dance among the art @ King Street Station. DJ Addresses gentrification, displacement, liminal and transitional spaces. Moving, waiting, changing, sustaining places that offer us public and private platforms to interact with movement and flux. Artists were asked to respond with work that addresses these in-between spaces, whether they relate to physical location, memory, time, or the ethereal. Dance in the gallery with DJs Reverend Dollars and Jimi Jaxon and more. Suggested donation $6-$10.

SUNDAY, MAY 8 (2ND SUNDAY)

Sunday, May 8 @ noon-6 pm 88 Cakes Mother’s Day celebration @ Couth Buzzard, 8310 Greenwood Ave N. Explore and share your own experiences of and relationship to motherhood as you bake your cake. It can be for yourself or your own mother, whether or not she’s still with us. All cakes, naughty or nice, are welcome. Along with your cake, please include a title, the name of its maker(s), whether or not it is safe for human consumption, all ingredients or materials used, and a short note if desired. To enroll contact Kate Smith on Facebook or call 206-713-1524 for enrollment. Drop-off begins at 10am on the 8th. You can choose to sell your cake or keep it for yourself.

Sunday, May 8 @ 12:30 pm Marten Spangberg: The Planet (late at night) @ Henry Art Gallery, 15th NE & NE 41st, UW campus. Features a group of dancers and a cast of scattered objects that together reimagine the performer/spectator relationship as one of uncanny, mutual recognition. Actions are recursive and dispersed, conceived alongside a fictional story Spångberg wrote titled For Now that speculates on the sublime horror of an endless present. Admission free, but space is limited so reserve a ticket.

MONDAY, MAY 9 (2ND MONDAY)

Monday, May 9 @ 7:45 doors/sign-up, 8-10 pm show Bellingham Poetrynight features + OPEN MIC @ Bellingham Public Library (back fountain entry), 210 Central Ave, Bham. Doors + sign-up at 7:45 pm. Poetry begins at 8 pm sharp. Free, but they do pass the hat for donations. Every Monday.

Monday, May 9 @ 8 pm signup, 8:30 pm show Easy Speak feature +OPEN MIC @ Wedgwood Ale House, 8515 35th Ave NE. 2nd Mondays.

TUESDAY, MAY 10 (2ND TUESDAY)

Tuesday, May 10 @ 4-6 pm Verb Slingers OPEN MIC @ Funhouse Seattle, 109 Eastlake Ave E. Spoken word, sign up and read. Poetry, prose, hip hop, comedy, other cunning linguists encouraged. Free. $1 tacos + happy hour drink specials. Every Tuesday.

Tuesday, May 10 @ 6:30-8 pm ALL OPEN MIC @ Café Zingaro, 127 Mercer St. No signup needed. Cohosts Lainne Dexter + Margaret Roncone. Info margaretroncone@yahoo.com. 2nd & 4th Tuesdays.

Tuesday, May 10 @ 7:30-9:30 pm Ask the Oracle @ Hotel Sorrento, 900 Madison. Domingo Martinez, Anastacia Tolbert, and Kary Wayson answer your questions via sticky note and passages from their books. If you start drinking at 7, you’ll be ready. Come on. You can handle it.

Tuesday, May 10 @ 8 pm signup, 8:30 pm show Seattle Poetry Slam features + OPEN MIC + Slam @ Rebar, 1114 Howell St. Doors 8 pm, OPEN MIC 8:30 pm, slam 9 pm. Every Tuesday.

Tuesday, May 10 @ 8 pm Comedy Nest features + OPEN MIC @ The Rendezvous, 2322 2nd Ave. Comedy Nest happens every TUESDAY in the Grotto at the Rendezvous. Every night has 20 3-minute open mic spots to fill, a featured comic, and new comics and returning comics to the stage. Sign up at NOON SUNDAYS at comedynestseattle@gmail.com. Half the spots are reserved for self-identifying female comics. Cover $5, comics get in free.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 11 (2ND WEDNESDAY)

Wednesday, May 11 @ 7 pm Beacon Bards features @ The Station Coffee Shop, 2533 16th Ave S. No cover. Info Billie Swift bswift@gmail.com. 2nd Wednesdays.

Wednesday, May 11 @ 7 pm signup, 7:30-9:30 pm show OPEN MIC @ Couth Buzzard Books & Espresso Buono Cafe, 8310 Greenwood Ave N. Music, poems, dance, comedy, stories. Info wrussellcarrick@gmail.com or 206-436-2960. Every Wednesday.

Wednesday, May 11 @ 7 pm signup, 8 pm show Rain City Slam features + OPEN MIC @ Jai Thai, 235 Broadway E. $3 entry. Every Wednesday.

THURSDAY, MAY 12 (2ND THURSDAY)

Thursday, May 12 @ 6-7:45 pm It’s About Time Reading #318 features + OPEN MIC @ Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave NW. Emcee Katie Tynan. 3 minute open mic slots. 2nd Thursday.

Thursday, May 12 @ 6-pm cocktails, 7 pm dinner + auction Eat Read Hugo fundraising dinner and auction @ Palace Ballroom, 2100 5th Ave. Tickets $175 single, $1400 table for 8, $1750 table for 10.

Thursday, May 12 @ 6-9 pm Olympia People’s Mic featuring Maya Hersh @ Ben Moore’s Restaurant, 112 4th Ave W, Oly. Every Thursday.

Thursday, May 12 @ 7-10 pm Everett Poetry Nite features with musical guest + OPEN MIC @ Cafe Zippy LLC, 2811 Wetmore Ave, downtown Everett. Contact Duane Kirby Jensen duanekirbyjensen@redspud.com. Free, all ages. Every Thursday.

FRIDAY, MAY 13 (2ND FRIDAY)

Friday, May 13 @ 7-9 pm Working Stiffs: Tales from the Grind with Quenton Baker, Aaron Counts, Brangien Davis, Brendan Jones, and Shobha Rho @ Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave. Stories and poems, free Top Pot donuts, not free beer, wine, and cocktails. Just like the office, only not. Really really not.

SATURDAY, MAY 14 (2ND SATURDAY)

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SUNDAY, MAY 15 (3RD SUNDAY)

 TBA

MONDAY, MAY 16 (3RD MONDAY)

Monday, May 16 @ 6:30 pm signups, 7-9 pm show Works in Progress OPEN MIC @ Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave. PRO TIP: Get your name in the jar well before 6:30 if you want to read for sure. 1st and 3rd Mondays.

Monday, May 16 @ 7:45 doors/sign-up, 8-10 pm show Bellingham Poetrynight features + OPEN MIC @ Bellingham Public Library (back fountain entry), 210 Central Ave, Bham. Doors + sign-up at 7:45 pm. Poetry begins at 8 pm sharp. Free, but they do pass the hat for donations. Every Monday.

TUESDAY, MAY 17 (3RD TUESDAY)

Tuesday, May 17 @ 4-6 pm Verb Slingers OPEN MIC @ Funhouse Seattle, 109 Eastlake Ave E. Spoken word, sign up and read. Poetry, prose, hip hop, comedy, other cunning linguists encouraged. Free. $1 tacos + happy hour drink specials. Every Tuesday.

Tuesday, May 17  @ 8 pm signup, 8:30 pm show Seattle Poetry Slam features + OPEN MIC + Slam @ Rebar, 1114 Howell St. Doors 8 pm, OPEN MIC 8:30 pm, slam 9 pm. Every Tuesday.

Tuesday, May 17 @ 8 pm Comedy Nest features + OPEN MIC @ The Rendezvous, 2322 2nd Ave. Comedy Nest happens every TUESDAY in the Grotto at the Rendezvous. Every night has 20 3-minute open mic spots to fill, a featured comic, and new comics and returning comics to the stage. Sign up at NOON SUNDAYS at comedynestseattle@gmail.com. Half the spots are reserved for self-identifying female comics. Cover $5, comics get in free.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18 (3RD WEDNESDAY)

Wednesday, May 18 @ 7 pm signup, 7:30-9:30 pm show OPEN MIC @ Couth Buzzard Books & Espresso Buono Cafe, 8310 Greenwood Ave N. Music, poems, dance, comedy, stories. Info wrussellcarrick@gmail.com or 206-436-2960. Every Wednesday.

Wednesday, May 18 @ 7 pm signup, 8 pm show Rain City Slam features + OPEN MIC @ Jai Thai, 235 Broadway E. $3 entry. Every Wednesday.

THURSDAY, MAY 19 (3RD THURSDAY)

Thursday, May 19 @ 6-9 pm Olympia People’s Mic featuring Maya Hersh @ Ben Moore’s Restaurant, 112 4th Ave W, Oly. Every Thursday.

Thursday, May 19 @ 7-10 pm Everett Poetry Nite features with musical guest + OPEN MIC @ Cafe Zippy LLC, 2811 Wetmore Ave, downtown Everett. Contact Duane Kirby Jensen duanekirbyjensen@redspud.com. Free, all ages. Every Thursday.

Thursday, May 19 @ 7:30-9 Where the House Was @ Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave. Cofounder Frances McCue reads from the poem about the House’s history that is the backbone of the documentary. Rebecca Brown and Lori Goldston are joined by McCue students Cali Kopczick and Jack Chelgren. Pick up your feet and let yourself float in the warm, deep waters of Hugo House history.

FRIDAY, MAY 20 (3RD FRIDAY)

Friday, May 20 @ 7:30-9:30 pm The Writing’s on the Wall featuring Jenny Offill, Laura van den Berg, Maged Zaher, and Dawn Cerny @ Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave. Hugo Literary Series and THE LAST EVENT in the old Hugo House building.

SATURDAY, MAY 21 (3RD SATURDAY)

 TBA

SUNDAY, MAY 22 (4TH SUNDAY)

Sunday, May 22 @ 3-5 pm Word Works: Domingo Martinez on Fearlessness @ Elliott Bay Books, 1521 10th Ave.

MONDAY, MAY 23 (4TH MONDAY)

Monday, May 23 @ 7:30 pm signup, 8 pm show Easy Speak feature +OPEN MIC @ Hummingbird Saloon, 5041 Rainier Ave S, Suite 103. 4th Mondays.

Monday, May 23 @ 7:45 doors/sign-up, 8-10 pm show Bellingham Poetrynight features + OPEN MIC @ Bellingham Public Library (back fountain entry), 210 Central Ave, Bham. Doors + sign-up at 7:45 pm. Poetry begins at 8 pm sharp. Free, but they do pass the hat for donations. Every Monday.

TUESDAY, MAY 24 (4TH TUESDAY)

Tuesday, May 24 @ 4-6 pm Verb Slingers OPEN MIC @ Funhouse Seattle, 109 Eastlake Ave E. Spoken word, sign up and read. Poetry, prose, hip hop, comedy, other cunning linguists encouraged. Free. $1 tacos + happy hour drink specials. Every Tuesday.

Tuesday, May 24 @ 6:30-8 pm ALL OPEN MIC @ Café Zingaro, 127 Mercer St. No signup needed. Cohosts Lainne Dexter + Margaret Roncone. Info margaretroncone@yahoo.com. 2nd & 4th Tuesdays.

Tuesday, May 24 @ 8 pm signup, 8:30 pm show Seattle Poetry Slam features + OPEN MIC + Slam @ Rebar, 1114 Howell St. Doors 8 pm, OPEN MIC 8:30 pm, slam 9 pm. Every Tuesday.

Tuesday, May 24 @ 8 pm Comedy Nest features + OPEN MIC @ The Rendezvous, 2322 2nd Ave. Comedy Nest happens every TUESDAY in the Grotto at the Rendezvous. Every night has 20 3-minute open mic spots to fill, a featured comic, and new comics and returning comics to the stage. Sign up at NOON SUNDAYS at comedynestseattle@gmail.com. Half the spots are reserved for self-identifying female comics. Cover $5, comics get in free.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25 (4TH WEDNESDAY)

Wednesday, May 25 @ 7 pm signup, 7:30-9:30 pm show OPEN MIC @ Couth Buzzard Books & Espresso Buono Cafe, 8310 Greenwood Ave N. Music, poems, dance, comedy, stories. Info wrussellcarrick@gmail.com or 206-436-2960. Every Wednesday.

Wednesday, May 25 @ 7 pm signup, 8 pm show Rain City Slam features + OPEN MIC @ Jai Thai, 235 Broadway E. $3 entry. Every Wednesday.

THURSDAY, MAY 26 (4TH THURSDAY)

Thursday, May 26 @ 6-9 pm Olympia People’s Mic featuring Maya Hersh @ Ben Moore’s Restaurant, 112 4th Ave W, Oly. Every Thursday.

Thursday, May 26 @ 7-10 pm Everett Poetry Nite features with musical guest + OPEN MIC @ Cafe Zippy LLC, 2811 Wetmore Ave, downtown Everett. Contact Duane Kirby Jensen duanekirbyjensen@redspud.com. Free, all ages. Every Thursday.

FRIDAY, MAY 27 (4TH FRIDAY)

 TBA

SATURDAY, MAY 28 (4TH SATURDAY)

  TBA

SUNDAY, MAY 29 (5TH SUNDAY)

TBA

MONDAY, MAY 30 (5TH MONDAY)

Monday, May 30 @ 7:45 doors/sign-up, 8-10 pm show Bellingham Poetrynight features + OPEN MIC @ Bellingham Public Library (back fountain entry), 210 Central Ave, Bham. Doors + sign-up at 7:45 pm. Poetry begins at 8 pm sharp. Free, but they do pass the hat for donations. Every Monday.

TUESDAY, MAY 31 (5TH TUESDAY)

Tuesday, May 31 @ 4-6 pm Verb Slingers OPEN MIC @ Funhouse Seattle, 109 Eastlake Ave E. Spoken word, sign up and read. Poetry, prose, hip hop, comedy, other cunning linguists encouraged. Free. $1 tacos + happy hour drink specials. Every Tuesday.

Tuesday, May 31 @ 8 pm signup, 8:30 pm show Seattle Poetry Slam features + OPEN MIC + Slam @ Rebar, 1114 Howell St. Doors 8 pm, OPEN MIC 8:30 pm, slam 9 pm. Every Tuesday.

Tuesday, May 31 @ 8 pm Comedy Nest features + OPEN MIC @ The Rendezvous, 2322 2nd Ave. Comedy Nest happens every TUESDAY in the Grotto at the Rendezvous. Every night has 20 3-minute open mic spots to fill, a featured comic, and new comics and returning comics to the stage. Sign up at NOON SUNDAYS at comedynestseattle@gmail.com. Half the spots are reserved for self-identifying female comics. Cover $5, comics get in free.

 

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verbal flaneur

To cover:

  • Calendar, of course (new home for Seattle Spoken Word Calendar that I hope is easier to update, easier to access)
  • Reviews of venues (including cost), teachers/classes, events, deliveries (books, websites, paper or digital magazines, etc.)
  • Interviews
  • Excerpts of work
  • News of upcoming pubs
  • Deadlines/calls
  • Blogroll, resource lists
  • Writing groups
  • Resources such as: style guides, books about writing, MOOCs, classes, nanowrimo, napowrimo, etc.
  • Classes, mentors, training
  • How-tos: how to host a successful event, how to suss out a grant committee, how to change horses in midstream, how to turn anything into an opportunity instead of a soul-killing dead end, how to come out to your family/coworkers as a writer, how to navigate the lit/arts community after a painful breakup, how to make twitter or pinterest more the engaging media instead of time-wasting PITA, etc.
  • Services: editors, printers, consultants, designers, agents…
  • Bookstores: brick & mortar, online, pop-up
  • Q&As on topics with range of writers
  • FAQs about Seattle lit
  • Love letters to Seattle, writers, places, etc.
  • Daygigs
  • Assignments/prompts
  • Collaborations, offers to collaborate

And who knows what else.