Next Readings — now in our fifteenth year!

Thursday, March 18, 2021, 7:00 p.m.
VIA ZOOM (click to see bios and 
Zoom link
Thursday, April 15, 2021, 7:00 p.m.
Allow the Light: Tribute Reading for Jack McCarthy
Zoom link to come

SoulFood CoffeeHouse has cancelled all in-person events for March 2020 and until further notice

SoulFood CoffeeHouse, 15748 Redmond Way, Redmond, Washington, 98052
Readings, including open-mic readings after our featured readers, are usually streamed live on Twitch (previously on SoultribeTV). View them live during each reading, or afterwards by searching for the reading by date. See the archives (search for poetry). Many readings have also been uploaded to YouTube.

If you haven’t been to SoulFood Poetry Night, you’re missing out on a warm and vibrant poetry community! On the third Thursday of every month, SoulFood CoffeeHouse in Redmond, Washington, is home to SoulFood Poetry Night, an evening of engaged and engaging poetry. Our performance stage features professional sound and lighting systems in an inviting gallery and café setting in SoulFood CoffeeHouse. Performances are streamed live to the Internet.
SoulFood Poetry Night is curated by Michael Dylan Welch, and has been running monthly since July of 2006 (we held our 100th reading in October of 2014). For more than a decade, we asked one featured reader to select someone else to read with him or her. This process echoed the sense of community and connection that is central to SoulFood CoffeeHouse. This serendipity brought in new voices, and helped to create harmony or contrast in our reading series. Starting in 2016, though, we broadened this approach to also feature groups or organizations. Featured readers start shortly after 7:00 p.m. Our featured readers are mostly from the greater Seattle area, but we welcome poets from farther afield as well. After we have a break to enjoy the bookstore, its art gallery, and especially its café, we have an open-mic reading where we invite you to share your poetry. Just sign up when you arrive and be prepared to read for about three or four minutes each (depending on the number of readers). And the occasional song is welcome, too.
Explore this site to see future readings and past readings (with photos and bios of featured poets), directions, and other details. Hope to see you at our next reading! If you have questions or want to contact us, click the Curators link.

See photos of the SoulFood Poetry Party, June 28, 2009
See additional 
photos of SoulFood CoffeeHouse
See SoulFood Poetry Night on Channel 13 Fox TV News
Read a Redmond Patch article about SoulFood CoffeeHouse (formerly SoulFood Books)
Read A Rant About Open-Mic Readings (useful advice for every open-mic reader to know)
Read Poetry Readings: The Good, the Bad, and the Hideous (more useful advice)
SoulFood Song
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