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Open Mics at Village Books - IN PERSON and VIRTUAL!

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Village Books invites everyone to enjoy local talents as they share their own stories, poems and essays. Published and unpublished writers are encouraged to attend and enjoy a welcoming audience. We currently have two open mics every month.

On the second Tuesday of each month, the Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater (CSWT) Open Mic is held at Village Books at 6:00pm. Everyone is welcome to read their own original writings (poems, prose, essays, plays) for 1 to 7 minutes to an enthusiastic audience. Pre-registration to read is encouraged as spaces are limited so whether you plan to read in person or on Zoom, please email Carla Shafer at to secure your spot! Walk-ins may sign in at the door to read if time allows. Our CSWT emcee is Carla Shafer, who founded Bellingham’s first continuous Open Mic in Bellingham in 1991. The Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater is named after the local rock which looks hard at first, but breaks open easily and like all great writing has grit.

Our regular emcee and celebrated local author, Seán Dwyer, will host as he does every last Monday. Pre-registration to read is required and spaces are limited so whether you plan to read in person or on Zoom, please email Seán at to secure your spot! Our Open Mic is held the last Monday of each month at 6:00pm in the Readings Gallery on the bottom floor of Village Books in Fairhaven, and on Zoom. Please note that each reader is allotted a firm time limit of 5 minutes to read.

*Please check our events calendar for current Open Mic dates.