The Yakima Coffeehouse Poets presents Open Mic Night on the second
Thursday of each month, September through May. We would like to thank The Seasons
Performance Hall, 101 N. Naches Ave, in Yakima, for allowing us the use of its Main Hall. This event
is open to the public and people are encouraged to read their original poetry (please keep your reading
time to about 4 minutes). Donations are welcome at the door to help us reimburse The Seasons for utility
See you in September!
Like the Poetry contest, Open Mic Night got its start at Allied Arts. The event was initiated in 2005 by local poet
Elaine Smith and was encouraged by the former Allied Arts director Elizabeth Herres Miller and her successor
Jessica Moskwa. They felt a monthly forum where local poets could read original work would complement the
annual contest. They were right. Poets Cindy Lamb, Ed Stover, Randie Gottlieb, Linda Brown and Chuck Forster have
kept Open Mic alive.
Open Mic Night was popular at the outset and remains so as a program now run by the Yakima
Coffeehouse Poets. Come read a poem and meet your fellow Yakima poets.