Clallam County Poet Laureate

Jaiden Dokken

Jaiden Dokken

Meet Jaiden Dokken, the first Clallam County Poet Laureate!

Jaiden Dokken (they/them) is a local writer, printmaker, ceramicist, cidermaker, and self-described highly persistent penpal. Dokken’s work has been published in Fiction International, Algorithm, Muses and Vices, SpeakEasy, Superfroot Magazine, and Pile Press. They are an editor and reader for Perennial Press.

Experiences unique to the North Olympic Peninsula resonate in poems by Jaiden, who grew up in Sequim and returned to live there as an adult. As Poet Laureate, they will bring poetry to residents across Clallam County by participating in events, leading workshops, and championing the community power of the written and spoken word.

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Jaiden will serve as the Clallam County Poet Laureate from April 2023 through March 2025.

Jaiden Dokken

Jaiden Dokken

Community poetry opportunities

Email Jaiden at to share your ideas about how you’d like to bring poetry to your community in Clallam County and to collaborate on events like poetry readings, workshops and interactive experiences.  Events with the Poet Laureate should be free and open to the public, with the exception of school or corrections facility visits.

Please allow time for Jaiden to review and respond to your email request, typically within two weeks.  Demand for the Poet Laureate can be high, and they will balance requests across the county.

For general questions about the Poet Laureate program, please email  To contact the Poet Laureate directly, email

Clallam County Poet Laureate Inauguration

Watch the inauguration of Clallam County’s first Poet Laureate! Featuring opening remarks from County Commissioner Mark Ozias and a poetry reading from Jaiden Dokken. Event took place on Tuesday, April 18 at the Port Angeles Main Library.

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