Maybe it’s all the coffee shops and bookstores, maybe it’s the University’s own excellent creative writing program, or maybe it’s the number of independent bookstores in the area. Whatever it is, Seattle is a fantastic place to encounter poetry on the page, on the web, and in person. Here are some real and virtual places to explore poetry.

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UW poetry resources


Literary and arts journal at the University of Washington.

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Manic Mouth Congress

Student-run poetry slam collective that puts on spoken word events and sends a student slam poetry team to the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational.

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Pipeline Project

Undergraduate Academic Affairs program that connects UW undergraduates with tutoring and opportunities in local and regional schools and community organizations. Be sure to check out Alternative Spring Break and see how you can work on literacy projects with K-12 students in a tribal or rural community.

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Registered Student Organizations

Performance-based student organizations.

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RETRO Revolutionary Poets

Provides a student-run venue for people from diverse backgrounds to express their creativity through poetry, song or dance.

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UW English Department

Students majoring in English are exposed to a variety of critical perspectives, and have the opportunity to pursue interests in literary history, critical theory, language study, cultural studies, and creative writing.

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Writing Programs and Writing Courses at the UW and beyond

List of courses compiled by English department advisers.

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Literary Organizations


A gathering place for artists and creative thinkers from around the world, students of all ages and backgrounds, and audiences seeking extraordinary cultural enrichment.

Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA


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Richard Hugo House

Center for literary arts that supports writers of all ages and backgrounds and promotes the creation of new writing.

1634 11th Avenue


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Seattle Arts and Lectures

Presents today’s foremost fiction and nonfiction writers and a poetry series. Check out the student rates!

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Youth Speaks Seattle

Creates avenues for young voices through writing instruction and performance opportunities. Hosts writing workshops and open-mike events at various locations around the city.

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Bookstores with solid poetry sections and poetry series

Elliot Bay Books

1521 10th Avenue

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Open Books Poetry

2414 North 45th Street

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Pilot Books

Upstairs in the Alley Building

219 Broadway East

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University Book Store

4326 University Way NE

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Online poetry resources

Academy of American Poets

Founded in 1934, the Academy of American Poets supports American poets at all stages of their careers and fosters the appreciation of contemporary poetry. Find poems for every season, research poets, listen to poets and download the mobile poetry app and Poem Flow app. Yes, there’s an app for poetry!

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Library of Congress Poet Laureate

Learn about U.S. Poets Laureate and find many other poetry resources.

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Poetry Foundation

Publisher of Poetry magazine, the Poetry Foundation is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture.

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Explore Poetry

“People like poetry like people like music: nobody doesn’t. If some think they don’t, they just haven’t listened to the right thing.”

—Richard Kenney,
UW professor and poet