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About This Guide
April is National Poetry Month!
On this guide you will find a selection of poetry we have at the Library. These poets represent our diverse community, giving voice to the powerful experiences of immigrants, women, LGBTQ+ people, people of color, and people with disabilities in ways only poetry can evoke.
National Poetry Month celebrates poetry in all it's forms, raises up diverse voices, and encourages people to read more poetry. Find out more about the month-long celebration and get involved by browsing the National Poetry Month website.
Included in this guide are resources for you to find more poetry online, find opportunities to connect with other writers, and find events and projects that celebrate the Pacific Northwest's vibrant literary culture.
Visiting and Highline Faculty Poets
Online Poetry Databases at Highline
Ebook Academic & Clinical Collections (Ebsco)
Highline College library has over 4,000 full-text poetry publications available online through EBSCO eBook Collection.
To search for poetry, type in "poetry" in the search bar. On the right side of the bar, click the drop-down menu and select "SU Subject Terms". If you are looking for specific types of poetry, such as poetry about the natural world add the keyword "nature" into the second line of the search bar to narrow results. Add more keywords as you go!
Off-campus? Get help accessing library databases here: https://library.highline.edu/c.php?g=344456&p=2497335
Read Poetry Online
Poetry International Online
A database of poetry from around the world, searchable by country and language. The organization also hosts forums and publishes interviews with poets.
Poetry Out Loud
Poetry Out Loud encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life.
The Poetry Forum/RHINO Poetry is a non-profit literary organization, primarily devoted to the publication of RHINO Poetry, an annual high-quality print journal featuring well-crafted, diverse poetry, flash fiction, and translations. While remaining committed to our print journal, all poems will be placed online throughout the year.
RHINO Poetry occupies a niche somewhere between academia and the emerging poetry scene – devoted to creative work that tells stories, provokes thought, and pushes the boundaries in form and feeling – while connecting with our readers and audience.
The Poetry Foundation
The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary
organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience.
The Poetry Archive
The Poetry Archive is a not-for-profit organization that makes and acquires recordings of poets from around the English-speaking world and makes substantial excerpts from them freely available online.
The Poetry Foundation: Online Resources
An extensive list of poetry resources, focused on online poetry archives, national poetry organizations, and educational opportunities.
Reading List: April Poetry Month
National Poetry Month at Highline College
Did you know Highline College hosts events during National Poetry Month?
A student poetry contest with 106 submissions resulted in 10 finalists. You can see the finalists' poems displayed on the 4th floor of the library. Highline College also hosts a number of eadings, talks and workshops, from April 6th to April 17th to celebrate National Poetry month. Check out the winners and the full schedule on the Highline College Blog.
Local Poetry Programs and Events
From the website: The Western Folklife Center event known as the Elko Cowboy Poetry Gathering started 35 years ago as a place where Western ranchers and cowboys could gather to share poems about their lives working cattle. From the beginning, it was clear these men and women had found their tribe, an artistic community that few knew existed. Three decades later, the tribe is now a nation of Western poets, musicians, artisans and storytellers, sharing their creativity across the country, telling their stories of hard work, heartbreak and hilarity, and what it means to make your way in the rangeland West.
From the website: Haiku Northwest is an enthusiastic and friendly group of poets from the greater Puget Sound area of Washington state, meeting monthly usually in Bellevue (just east of Seattle). We are dedicated to writing, studying, and appreciating haiku and related genres of poetry written in English... Haiku Northwest holds monthly meetings and publishes regional anthologies of haiku and related poetry. Most of the group's members live in the Seattle area, but many haiku poets from the Puget Sound area and farther afield also attend Haiku Northwest meetings. The Haiku Northwest group has no membership dues, and visitors are always welcome to attend all events.
From the website: Hugo House is for writers. A place to read words, hear words, and make your own words better. We provide classes, events, and fellowships for emerging and established writers.
Kent Senior Activity Center: Poetry Is Fun! Club
From the Website: 1st & 3rd Fridays, 10:45 - 11:45 a.m.
If you would like to listen, read, discuss and/or receive critique for a poem you’ve written or are writing, come to this group. Experienced and published poet Jim Teeters volunteers to facilitate this group and welcomes all who appreciate listening to or writing poetry. No experience required. For information call Helena at 253-856-5164.
King County Library System (KCLS): Events - Writing & Poetry
Schedule of writing and poetry events such as workshops and lectures, hosted by libraries in the King County Library System.
King County Metro's Poetry on Buses Project
Poetry on Buses brings poetry to the nearly 400,000 riders using King County Metro Transit and Sound Transit every day. Poetry submitted by the community is displayed on buses for riders to experience and share stories about their lives in shared public space.
Rain City Slam
The mission of Rain City Slam is provide a headquarters for Seattle Spoken Word Poets of all ages to create, learn, teach and find a poetry community. Our vision is to establish a safe space where poetry can be discovered, inspired, learned and showcased without boundaries. We provide an open mic that allows any voice to be heard; community showcases that promote new work; writing circles to ensure time, space and support for writing; featured poets to inspire our community as well provide a place for reading and engaging the Seattle community, and a slam competition to assist in artistic growth, build confidence and challenge poets to think about the translation of their work to the rest of the world.
RASP: Redmond Association of Spoken Word
From the website: RASP was founded in 1997 to promote literary arts and activities in Redmond, Washington, and the surrounding area. We meet on the last Friday of each month, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Open mic signup begins at 6:30 PM. RASP also holds a monthly writing critique group at the Redmond Regional Library on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30 PM to 8:45 PM. All events are free. Please join us!
Seattle Poetics LAB: Poetry, Bioregionalism, Community
From the website: SPLAB is an intergenerational spokenword Performance, Resource and Outreach center dedicated to Poetry, Story-telling, Conversation, Debate, Consciousness and Building community through shared experience of the spoken and written word. We create an environment by encouraging writers to develop or deepen their individual writing practices and providing a supportive community so they may deepen their own personal gestures.
Seattle Writes by the Seattle Public Library
From the website: "Our Seattle Writes program offers you time and space to experiment and improve your creative writing. We offer year-round drop-in writing circles, a fall series of classes, and recordings available anytime. Our fall series features more than 20 classes focusing on the craft of writing."
2019 Writing Contests: The Ultimate Guide
Finding the right writing contest for you can be a difficult and time-consuming process. This up-to-date list of 20 contests can point you in the "write" direction! Each is free to enter and accept submissions to short stories, nonfiction, and poetry.
LGBTQ Lit Mags Guide
All of the following journals actively encourage submissions of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and/or trans-gender authors. While these these magazines are specifically interested in promoting GLBT writers or related content, what is also mighty fine is that everyone, regardless of orientation, can find someplace to submit to and show the love.
Seattle Arts and Lectures: Youth Poet Laureate
Seattle's Youth Poet Laureate project aims to identify young writers committed to civic and community engagement, poetry and performance, human relations, diversity, and education.