The Seattle Public Library will offer open mics and poetry readings at several locations throughout the city in November.


2018 Jack Straw Writing Program4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636. Hear new work from members of the Jack Straw Writing Program, curated by local artist and writer Daemond Arrindell.

Booktoberfest: ALT Poetry Reading & Open Mic – 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7 at Conor Byrne Pub, 5140 Ballard Ave. N.W. calling ALT, after the initials of our showcased poets: A Gallo-Brown, L Swartz and T Clear.  In addition to the reading, there will be a handful of open mic slots: bring up to three minutes of poetry to share that you’ve read aloud and timed.

It's About Time Writers' Reading Series 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., 206-684-4089. A monthly series featuring author readings and open mics. The 349th meeting features readings from some of the 2018 Jack Straw Writers: Daemond Arrindell, Corbin Louis and Dujie Tahat. Meredith Clarkwill give a short lecture on the writer's craft.

Poetry 'Potluck'6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 at the Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., 206-684-4089. An informal monthly gathering for listening to and reading poetry aloud. Attendees should bring a few favorite poems. This is a feast of poetry, not a food event.

The Library believes that the power of knowledge improves people's lives. We promote literacy and a love of reading as we bring people, information and ideas together to enrich lives and build community.