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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.

12th Ave Arts Conference Room 

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.

Info:   or

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

More information:

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)