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Previous Opportunities

Updated: Mar 2, 2021

Here are some reading opportunities that AAWA has been featured in.

The Civic Poet Program supports an established poet with a two-year City residency as literary ambassador. In addition to annual City events, the Civic Poet will foster community dialogue and engagement between the public and artists, while celebrating the literary arts. The program emerged from the earlier Poet Populist program and invests in the future of literary arts through community connections.

ELIGIBILITYThis call is open to Seattle-based poets who have an established body of work including published works, racial equity and/or spoken word experience. Applicants should demonstrated interest in promoting equity and inclusion through the arts and the power of the written and spoken word. Students are not eligible to apply.

SCOPE OF WORKThe Civic Poet will generate a work plan within budget for each year that includes public readings at up to five municipal events annually and community engagement opportunities that could include classes/workshops, lectures, curatorial services, solo or group readings to engage diverse communities of all ages. The Civic Poet will also plan and schedule monthly poetry presentations to the Seattle City Council Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development and Arts committee.

Applicants do NOT need to submit a work plan for initial application purposes. Finalists will be asked to create a draft work plan for presentation to the selection panel.

BUDGETThe position will have a budget of $10,000 distributed over two years, inclusive of all artist fees.

DEADLINEMonday, April 24, 2017 at 11 p.m., (Pacific Daylight Time).

APPLICATIONOnline application and guidelines available here.


Thursday, April 6, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

1620 12th Ave (second floor offices)

Seattle, Washington 98122

Learn what makes a strong application. The session will cover specifics on eligibility and how to apply. All applicants are encouraged to attend.


For questions about the call, please contact Project Manager Irene Gómez (206) 684-7310 or staff member Lizzy Melton (206) 727-8668. For assistance with the CaFE online application process, contact CaFE tech support at (888) 562-7232 or, Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

This year's Art in the Alley is all about kids.  Moms Rising and South Seattle poet Monique Franklin will engage children in art making, games and the creation of their own spoken word poetry.  Come join the fun after the Parade--Saturday, August 13th, 11:00 a. m. - 4:00 p. m.    Columbia City Gallery

Washington 129, an anthology of poems gathered from the people of Washington State, will include work from experienced poets and newcomers to the art, young students and lifetime learners.  These poems will be in an online anthology that will utilize the format of an e-book and 129 of the poems--one for every year of statehood up until 2018--will be published in book form.

  Click on this link to find out more information:  Washington 129 call for submissions

Rainier Valley Radio is seeking radio programming ideas/proposals from all interested Southeast Seattle residents and organizations in preparation for internet streaming in March 2016 and on-air broadcasting in mid-2017. Proposals can be in the initial idea stage or include specific details. Technical expertise is not a requirement as training will be provided for you to broadcast your program. Not everyone wants to be on the air, so you do not necessarily need to broadcast your program ideas.

Download the RFP here.

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PoetsWest Weekly Radio Calendar

 6:30 p.m.

KSER 90.7 FM and following the Listen Live links.


Check out our website where all events, with links to details, are listed at 

Congratulations to all the tellers and participants at Saturday’sKALEVALA EPIC — amazing and wonderful!!!

March  30,   Auntmama's StorytableMadison Ave Starbucks,  7 PM- 8:15 PM, free

4000 E Madison Ave,  Seattle, WA 98112,   206  329 3736 (between E 41st Ave & E Mcgilvra Blvd) 

“Entertainment Pre Digital”  Featured artists: Crankie Factory  -- Sue Truman and Rich Moore bring us scrolled, illustrated stories, turned while telling, a storytelling craft dating back many centuries. The Crankie Factory has played across the nation and was featured at NW Folklife last year.  This is a most unusual opportunity to see a rare storytelling, musical art form recaptured and reimagined for the Storytable.  Rich Moore has been singing and teaching Gaelic for 30 years and is a founding member of Slighe man Gaidheal.

Since it’s Women’s History Month, what better way to celebrate than with those who are keeping history alive on a scroll, a page or the tip of the tongue. We may all leave with a bit of a brogue and a song in our heart. New stories from the usual teller. Contact: Mary Anne Moorman <>

March  31,   Story Swap for April (moved up a bit) ---7-9:30 pm at the home of Virginia Rankin and David Klein – 1222 NE 100th St in the Maple Leaf neighborhood of Seattle above the Northgate Mall. You can contact them at 206-525-6436, or  

Come at 7pm if you wish to mingle, chat, have a snack and/or a beverage. Telling will start promptly at 7:30. Come to tell or come to listen.

Each teller will have 8 minutes to tell all of a story that fits the time limit or a fragment of a longer one. We will be rigorous about this time limit as well as the 5 minute limit on feedback. Tellers who wish feedback will be in charge of this time, indicating what they wish help with. Of course, it is always ok to tell without feedback and fine to come as a listener.  Directions to this swap are listed far below.

No Haller Lake program in April  --- come to the Earth Day Concert on Sunday

April 23, EARTH DAY STORYTELLING 2017 - NEW HORIZONS, 2-4pm,  Duwamish Longhouse

Hear world class tellers share traditional and contemporary stories and music about our relationship to the natural world and each other.  Paul Che oke ten Wagner internationally renowned native flute player and storyteller from the Vancouver Island Saanich tribe, Tom Rawson, storyteller and banjo player extraordinare from Seattle, and Harvest Moon, storyteller and cultural ambassador of the Quinault tribe, will be delighting and inspiring us with their gifts.  James Rasmussen from the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition will also speak. Refreshments provided, donations accepted.

Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center:  4705 W Marginal Way, SW Seattle, WA 98106 — worth the visit, just to see this magnificent structure and museum  --

April 7-9  FANNING THE EMBERS, storytellers' retreat

St Andrew's Retreat House, Union, WA


in a beautiful land along the Hood Canal, story lovers gathered from far and near.

Some had told stories for many years.  Some were practicing a new skill.  Some just loved to hear a well-spun tale.

Stories and food food and fun were all around.  Everyone found exactly what they came looking for.  And more.  After this retreat..       THEY ALL LIVED HAPPIER ever after.  

A weekend beyond compare.  Hope to see YOU there!

Info and Registration at   or call Rebecca 360-878-0838  

April 8th   Silver Kite, Intergenerational Theater

The public performance of “Paper” takes place on April 8, 2017 at 7:30pm at the Rainier Arts Center. Tickets start at $10 and are available at     Learn more at

Sun., April 30th,Lenore Jackson presents Out of the Cosmic Egg and Through the Cat Door, a House Concert -  2 PM

Lenore Jackson tells stories ranging from new and personal to old and traditional—from a farm in New Mexico to the mountains of Thrace—featuring dreams, haiku, Manitoba, and a surprise. 

Lenore is an established Northwest storyteller with a rich Texas heritage, drawing from myth, folklore, natural history, and her own life and imagination. She is also a writer and musician and for a number of years was a teaching assistant at the Laura Simms Summer Residency. 

At the home of Naomi Baltuck and Thom Garrard, 20228 87th Ave West, Edmonds, 98026.

Space is limited - For more info or to reserve a seat, e-mail Naomi at or call (425) 776-1175

$15 suggested donation, $12 for SSG members.    Refreshments included.

Sat., May 6th,Eva Abram presents Natural Gifts: Women’s Wit & Mother Nature’s Grit, a House Concert -  2 PM

Join us for an afternoon of stories about our foibles, faults and frailties in everyday life, and our steadfast determination to ignore the messages from good old mother nature.  

Eva Abram, a native of New Orleans, says, “Stories have a magical way of showing us the beauty of each other's culture and the beauty within ourselves. Through my stories I celebrate our similarities -- values, emotions, experiences.  I also use stories to celebrate our differences -- stories as a bridge from culture to culture."

At the home of Naomi Baltuck and Thom Garrard, 20228 87th Ave West, Edmonds, 98026.

Space is limited - For more info or to reserve a seat, e-mail Naomi at or call (425) 776-1175

$15 suggested donation, $12 for SSG members.    Refreshments included.


 Check NWFolklife.orgfor performer names and performance times, and for any last minute schedule changes.

  • Friday: Storytelling Showcase ~ 7:00 to 8:55 p.m. in the Folklife Café. The traditional Friday night kick-off concert features performers who combine music with stories. (Adults and children over 6)  

  • Saturday: Liars Contest ~ 7:00 to 8:55 p.m. in the Folklife Café. This is a new time and venue for this festival favorite. This open-mic program often turns hilarious as fibs, whoppers, and downright lies unfold. Sign up one hour prior to event. Incredible trophies for winners. (All ages)  

  • Sunday: Stories for Children ~ 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. in the Discovery Zone.  

  • Sunday: Ghost Story Concert ~ 8:00 to 9:55 p.m. in the Center House Theatre. This is a new time and  venue for this popular event. Come early to guarantee a seat. Eerily haunting tales. Not for the faint-  hearted. (Recommended for adults and children over 10)  

  • MondayStory Slam Light! ~ 3:00 to 3:50 p.m. in the Folklife Café. This first-ever open-mic program  lets participants tell a five-minute true personal story on a topic: Lost in Translation. Ingrid Nixon will host this event. (Recommended for adults and children over 10)  

Take a field trip …

  • March 30-31  THE ODYSSEY: EPIC STORY PERFORMED AS PLAY ~ Port Angeles The Odyssey by Homer is one of the world’s most enduring stories. Students of Five Acre School will perform this play on March 30 at 7 p.m., and March 31 at 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Little Theater of Peninsula College. Sounds epic & fun!  

  • April 18: Cherie Trebon ~ Port Angeles -- 7 to 9 p.m. at the Raymond Carver Room of the Port Angeles Main Library located at 2210 S. Peabody Street. Featured teller followed by open mike.

  • Cherie has been telling professionally since1989.  She draws upon a broad repertoire of folktales, legends, poetry and contemporary stories to transport listeners to faraway places.  She was the Director of the Forest Storytelling Festival in Port Angeles for ten years. She has told at the Northwest Folklife Festival, British Columbia Mid-Winter Festival, schools, libraries, churches, museums in Washington, Idaho, California, and Canada. She will present a program that includescreation stories from around the world and perhaps a tall tale. Dennis Duncan will join her for one tandem telling. 

News from NSN (National Storytelling Network)

Conference 2017 will be in Kansas City, MO at the Marriot Hotel - June 29 - July 2.  The theme for next year's conference is: "All Our Voices: Stories of Immigration and Migration."  Register at with early-bird pricing ending May 1st.  

ON-GOING EVENTS  --- do check first, as details can change 


Storyteller Auntmama, KBCS 91.3 FM (Bellevue)

11AM as part of Sunday Folks. Auntmama hosts the show the first Sunday of every month.Details at

The Storytelling ShowVancouver Co-op Radio, CFRO 102.7 FM , 9–10 p.m.

Second Sundays

Story and Dance Folk Tales (South Europe, India, South Russia to China plus northern Africa)7pm, hosted by Marion Moat

Kalia Indian Cuisine, 4520 200th Ave. SW #202, Lynnwood, 425-771-6422.No cover; tips welcome. 

To receive updates or request a storytelling spot, telling folk tales see countries above,  e-mail

MondaysStoryteller Auntmama, KBCS 91.3 FM (Bellevue), 3:20p.m

Second Mondays

Fireside Story League in Tacoma

Meets at 6:30 p.m. at rotating branches of Pierce County Library. Free.  Each meeting includes a story circle and a storytelling lesson. 

For details, contact Eileen Beckowitz at (253) 759-0941 or Penny Tennison at (253) 265-2113. 

Newsletter available atwww.firesidestoryleague.orgSept.-June

Third Mondays

Stories at Fern. 7:30 p.m., 1831 Fern St., Victoria, B.C., $5. victoriastorytellers.orgDec. & June meetings onsecond Monday. Not in  Jul and Aug.


Third Tuesdays

The Story People of Clallam County, 7 p.m., Port Angeles Library

Contact Alice Susong,  360-683-8630,

Fourth Tuesdays, except  November and December

Ellensburg Storytellers: The Yarn Spinners,,  6:00 p.m., Hal Holmes Center,  209 S Ruby St., Ellensburg, WA,

Liars’ Contest: First Thursday in Nov. - Special program in December

contact: Bret & Elaine Bleggi  <>

Wednesdays√Storyteller Auntmama, KBCS 91.3 FM (Bellevue), 7:30 p.m. as part of the program "Womanotes."  Details at

Second Wednesdays

South Sound Story Guild

Featured teller at 7 and a story swap/open mike at 8. 

The Lobby of the Olympia Center, 222 N Columbia in downtown Olympia. 

More info:   or  Billie Mazzei,


Maggie Bennett leads songfests at Aljoya on Mercer Island. 3 p.m., free, open to public. Contact:

First Thursdays

Moth StorySLAMthemed open mic. Doors open at 7, stories at 8 p.m., Fremont Abbey Arts Center, Seattle, $8; $16 premium tickets. Info:

Fourth Thursdays

Fresh Ground Stories, 7pm 

Roy Street Coffee & Tea, 700 Broadway East, Seattle, WA 98102

Last Thursdays

Auntmama's Storytable —   

Madison Ave Starbucks,,  7 PM- 8:15 PM, free

4000 E Madison Ave,  Seattle, WA 98112,   206  329 3736 (between E 41st Ave & E Mcgilvra Blvd) 

Contact: Mary Anne Moorman <>Want to tell? Call 206-473-9522


First Fridays

First Friday Storynight at BLTC,  7-9 p.m,

Better Living Through Coffee

100 Tyler St., Port Townsend, WA 98368

Event includes featured storytellers and an open mic. Suggested donation is $10; no one is turned away.

For information, contact Aimée Ringle,, 360-531-4395 or visit

Urban Tellers®First Fridays at The Fremont2393 NE Fremont, Portland, OR 97212 

At Urban Tellers®, you’ll have the chance to witness the profound, true stories of the people of Portland.

First Fridays: October 7, November 4, December 2, January 6, February 3, March 3, April 7, May 5, June 503.284.2226 for more information. Oct.- June

Second Fridays

Around Town Tellers “Stories on Friday,”7:30-9:30 p.m., Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo - 595 Townsite Road      Tickets: $5.00 at the door.  

Refreshments and treats available by donation.

For more information: 250-245-0003

Portland Storytellers Guild Story Circle and Potluck, 6:30 p.m., free,  Multnomah Arts Center7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219.Try to park behind the Center and enter at the rear right hand (Sign over door says "Senior Center").  We'll be in Room 31 adjacent to that entry.  There's also other parking in front and at the west end of the Center, so if you enter anywhere else, ask for Room 31A friendly shared potluck for all participants, a chance to listen to a wide variety of stories and story types, a safe environment to try telling a 5-7 minute story with feedback or not, a place to do a test run of a story, to try a section of a tale you are struggling with, to try a different approach to presenting a character or even a new slant on an old piece, or just to share a piece you might not ever tell anywhere else.  www.portlandstorytellers.orgSept.-May

Third Fridays

Haller Lake Storytelling Evenings, 7:30-9:30, 12579 Densmore Ave North, Seattle, WA 98133 (Directions far below)    — 

Evenings perfect for story lovers - both tellers and listeners - everywhere!    

Featured tellers some months, story swaps some months, always an open mike, and a chance to mingle.

Free, snacks provided; donations welcome. Sept.- June

The Bellingham Storytellers Guild: Storytelling for the Love of It.

Every third Friday at the Fairhaven Library Fireplace Room

General Meeting and Informal Workshops 6:00 to 7:00 PM

Family friendly and free to all.

Storytelling Showcase 7:00 to 8:00 PM

For events calendar and to learn more see:

BellinghamStorytellersGuild.orgor call (360) 714-9631.


Children’s Storytime, 11 a.m., Ravenna Third Place Books, 6504 20th Ave. NE, Seattle, free.

First Saturdays 

Portland Storytellers Guild --  Themed Storytelling Shows -  7:30PM, Hipbone Studio, 1847 E. Burnside #104, (enter building from the parking lot side)Both parking lot and on street parking available.

Adults - $12.00   PSG Members & Students with ID - $10.00  Buy advance tickets online (, and save $2 per ticket!   Recommended for Adults and children age 10+

Questions? Contact Ken Iverson: or at 503-631-2167

Doors open at 7:00pm, Admission  Info at http://www.portlandstorytellers.orgSept.-May

Island Books PJ Story Time. 3014 78th Ave. SE, Mercer Isl., time TBA

geared especially for children ages 3+ and their families. 

Refreshments served. Info:

Anytime“A Guide to Visitors: Storytelling in Seattle” recorded programs on

KUOW. Listen at

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Haller Lake Community Club at 12579 Densmore Ave. N, Seattle 98133

From I-5 North

• Take Exit 174 - 130th St

• Go west on 130th to the second traffic light, Meridian

• South (left) on Meridian to 128th

• West (right) on 128th, 1 block, to Densmore

• Turn onto Densmore and the HLCC is immediately on the right

• There is additional parking in back

From I-5 South

• Take Exit 175 - 145th St

• Go west on 145th to Meridian

• South (left) on Meridian to 128th

• Follow last 3 steps above

From Aurora

• Turn eastward on 125th St to Densmore

• Go north (left on Densmore)

• At the end of the block on the left, you’ll see HLCC

By Metro Bus

#346 leaves Northgate Transit Center at 7pm - Bay 3, and goes right by HLCC.  Tell driver you want to get off as close as possible, and ask to point out return stop

• Any Aurora bus with a stop near 125th will work, but it will be more of a walk

First Friday Story Swaps - even monthsDirections to the house of Virginia Rankin and David Klein 1222 NE 100th Street  Seattle 98125,   206-525-6436Virginia Rankin at

From the South

I-5 North (main line or express lanes) Exit 171 for Lake City Way Second traffic Light is 15th Avenue NE – turn left

Go about 20 blocks north to 100th Street Turn left

Our house is on the right in the middle of the block – cream with brown trim

From the North

I-5 South Exit 173 for Northgate Way

Follow signs for driving EAST on Northgate Way Bear right off the exit and then at the light turn right on Northgate Way

Take Northgate Way to Roosevelt Way

Turn right on Roosevelt, go about 10 blocks to 100th Street

Turn left on 100th, go 1 1⁄2 blocks

Our house is on the left in the middle of the block – cream with brown trim

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