Seattle Green Lake Public Library PoetsWest Reading 2019 Schedule

The 2018 readings were awesome with  Sierra Golden & Shankar Narayan starting off the year.  Claudia Castro Luna, Washington State Poet Laureate, read in October and many of the new features amazed us with fine work.  Poets Chris Buckley, who has been a regular at the reading will feature with Lola Peters from the AAWA.  Chris has a new book out.  Chad Sokolovsky (new book), Tara Hardy (new book), Ben Schmitt (new book), Bill Carty will all be featured and Sierra Golden, with her new book, will return!  In July, two San Diego poets, Jimmy Jazz and Micheal Klam will travel to Seattle to delight and enlighten us!  These two are not to be missed.  They will be something new for Seattle. 

All the featured poets for 2019 are excellent, exciting and entertaining.  There is always and open mic.  If you are interested in a feature, please send samples of your poetry, mention where you’ve read and if you have books in print:  Inquire via email @ or J. Glenn Evans @ 

Here’s the latest featured Poets coming to Green Lake

All Readings start at 4pm and run until 5:30pm.  Get there early for a good seat! 


Sat Jan 12, 2019—Chris Buckley—Lola Peters

Sat Feb 09, 2019—Canceled due to Snow Storm

Sat Mar 09, 2019—Tara Hardy—Mike Hickey– Kendra Steel

Sat Apr 13, 2019—Cathy Ross—Chad Sokolovsky

Sat May 11, 2019—Melanie Reed— Benjamin Schmitt

Sat Jun 08, 2019—David Post—Terry Busch

Sat Jul 13, 2019—- ALL OPEN  MIC!!  No Features.

Sat Aug 10, 2019—Sierra Golden  &  Gaylloyd Sisson

Sat Sep 14, 2019—Cat Kigerl & Joe Greer 

Sat Oct 2019 12th — David Horowitz &  Francine Wall

Sat Nov 9, 2019 — All PONGO Poetry (Supporting At Risk Youth & Allies)

Sat Dec 11, 2019  —  Bill Carty —  Michael Magee



Sat Jan 11, 2020—Filled—Griffith Williams—

Sat Feb 08, 2020—Filled—Rajaa Gharbi—Bruce Taylor

Sat Mar 14, 2020—Filled—Oliver Amatist—Susan Landgraf

Sat Apr 11, 2020—Filled—Rayn Roberts—Kevin O’Conner

Sat May 09, 2020— Filled—Michael Dylan Welch— Jayne Merek

Sat Jun 16, 2020—Open

Sat Jul 11, 2020—Open

Sat Aug 08, 2020— —Sally Hedges-Blanquez – TBA

Sat Sep 12, 2020— —Sandy Yannone —  TBA




imagesGreen Lake is wonderful any time of the year!




Anthology of the Mad Ones Publishes “Yes Yes Ok” 2016



Yes Yes Ok


People say poets talk too much of death


                I will not, not at 7 am.


I’m already feeling like going back to bed.

I lead such a hard life; breakfast is going to kill me.


Elegant things I put on eBay will be the end of me.


I gotta get pics of all of them then shop for more.

I gotta do the legal work against discrimination at a job


I really don’t want any more ~


I’m a serious mess, worn down to talcum powder

But out I’ll go, late in the day, for God and eBay


To get Good Will stuff idiots use plastic cards to get

So glad to get to be happy for a while, get, get, get


                 Happy for a while, ok, maybe longer.


I’m learning detachment from things that come and go

People that live and pass away


Weather that changes from calm to chaos, a world at war

Rumors of war, floods, famine and genocide as my body falls


Back to where it came from ~ I’m so serene… Right,

Some jerk on the freeway cuts me off


I forget I’m a Peace-nick and wanna fuckin’ end him,

But I can’t, I love peace, and besides, I said no talk of death




AM I  …talking about… seriously?


Last week I walked Green Lake sharp nails cutting into toes

I shoulda clipped them before but stood the pain


Because I knew the pain would stop and it did –

That’s pretty much it, standing pain, numbing it


With the ecstasy of sunrise, dope, booze

Keeping big Pharma fat and happy, loving sex on E…


                                  Whoopi ~


When I got home from the lake, one white sock

Was bloody at the toe, it didn’t matter


I threw it in the wash and clipped my nails.

I’m doing a reading tonight for a coffee shop crowd…


                                  Big WOW~


Tomorrow I’ll drive through the Alzheimer haze

To see my Mom before she too forgets who I am. 


Then I’ll walk the lake again; that’s about the size of it.



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