The Yakima Coffeehouse Poets presents Open Mic Night on the second
Thursday (new night) 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
Open Mic Night
Thursday, February 8,
Hosted by: Jo
The Seasons Performance
101 N Naches Ave,
Local essayist and poet JO SHAFER has published in poetry anthologies,
including Yakima Coffeehouse Poets, since 1999. She has completed two books of poetry, Oyster
Shells, about life in a small Florida town during the Depression Era, and Yellow Clay Road.
Recently she appeared on the online version of All We Can Hold and the tenth anniversary
anthology from LiTFUSE, renowned among writers in the Pacific Northwest.
In 2015, she was awarded the Tom Pier Prize by Coffeehouse Poets. Her further
work includes two Bible commentaries and a literary biography of Paul the Apostle. A retired
feature writer for the Yakima Herald-Republic and copy editor for The Central Washington
Catholic, Shafer currently blogs on Invitation to the Garden, found on
SLEEPING IN THE
Like warm honey on a fall day
pine straw carpeting the forest floor
smells sweet against my cheek
as I lie down for a little while,
not intending to sleep
in this patchwork of splattered sunlight.
No one need know I am out here alone
save for a squirrel with electric shivers
scrambling up one of the pines
so tall they seem to incline their tops
to peer down at me, as though to say,
Where have you been all this time?
We've missed you.
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.