Do you find spilling your guts out in front of a group of strangers to be therapeutic? Are you looking to hone in on your creative writing skills? Perfect! Whether you're looking to take in a lecture or share your latest piece with an eager group of people, here are five excellent events and locations to jot down.
Wordswest Literary Series
On the third Wednesday of every month, C&P Coffee in West Seattle hosts WordsWest Literary Series at 7 p.m. sharp. Curated by local authors Katy E. Ellis, Susan Rick and Harold Taw, Worldswest is an amazing way to enrich your literary self while sipping a tasty latte and getting to know your community. Launched in 2014, the next event is on April 19, so get your material ready!
Seattle Poetry Slam at Re-Bar
Since 1992, Re-Bar has played host to this weekly poetry event that commences at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. From haiku slams to open mics, there is occasionally a small prize determined by the volume of audience applause involved at these shindigs, so show 'em what you got. As the Seattle Poetry Slam is held at a bar, this event is 21+.
Seattle Poetry Series
Held at the Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at McCaw Hall, Seattle Poetry Series is an amazing event that gives you the opportunity to get a slice of what's happening in the world of poetry today. From well-established poets to up-and-comers, this series is a must hit for all the lit fans out there. On April 5, Alice Notley (author of over 25 poetry books) will be the featured guest and on May 2, Carl Phillips (another celebrated poet) will be holding it down. For more information, visit Seattle Poetry Series site here.
The Hugo House is an an incredible place to nurture your writing talent and hone in on specific areas, be it creative writing or conquering stage fright so you can get up on the stage and do the dang thing. Hugo House is open to people of all ages and skill levels, and even offers a teen program. The event calendar here tends to stay loaded - check out the going ons here.
This Capitol Hill institution is a safe haven for arts of all kinds. Vermillion features a bar in the back that touts beer, wine and cocktails. Keep your eyes peeled for poetry events by referencing their schedule of events, which can be found here.