About Us

Our 500-square-foot shop is brimming with more than 10,000 new, used, and out-of-print poetry books, as well as a selection of titles about poetry. You’ll find a broad range of volumes on our shelves from publishers huge, tiny, and in between. We also purchase a wide array of used books to maintain what we hope is a continually varied and interesting stock.

Open Books: A Poem Emporium is located at 2414 N. 45th St. in the lower level of a renovated bungalow in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood, around seven blocks west of I-5 and five miles north of the city center. We are within easy walking distance of several bus routes, including the 44 (which also takes you to and from the UW Light Rail station). Street parking is free and frequently available in front of the store or nearby.

Open Books is a proud member of the American Booksellers Association and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association.

Our calendar of events runs from September through June and features poets from near and far. Readings, workshops, and discussions are held in-store. You will also find our book-table at the Seattle Arts & Lectures Poetry Series, many Hugo House events, and the University of Washington’s Roethke Reading.

Open Books is:

Billie Swift, Owner and Events Coordinator
Alexander Moysaenko, General Manager
Jeric Smith, Bookseller
Gabrielle Bates, Social Media
Abi Pollokoff, Events
Cody Stetzel, Events Volunteer

Whether it be in person, by phone at (206) 633-0811, or via e-mail at openpoetrybooks[at]gmail[dot]com, we look forward to welcoming you to the shop! To inquire about events, please contact Billie Swift, openpoetrybooks+events[at]gmail[dot]com.

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