Previous Opportunities

Updated: Mar 3

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.


 Name (required)

 E-Mail (will not be published) (required)


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!!!