Celebrating RASP's 20th Anniversary

Coming This Month

David Jacobson, children’s books, translation, and Dan D Shafer, book design—Friday, July 28, 2017
Signup starts at 6:30 PM; reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM

David Jacobson

David Jacobson is a longtime journalist and writer with a specialty in Japan. He has a BA in East Asian Studies from Yale University and was awarded a Mombusho scholarship to study at Tokyo’s Hitotsubashi University. While a journalist in print and broadcast media, his news articles and TV scripts appeared in the Associated Press, The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, The Japan Times, and on NHK and CNN. Since joining Seattle-based Chin Music Press in 2008, David has edited or copyedited titles including Yokohama Yankee, The Sun Gods, and Why Ghosts Appear. Are You an Echo? is his first book.

Dan D Shafer

Dan D Shafer practices graphic design through his studio Dandy Co. (www.dandy-co.com) and teaches in the design department at Cornish College of the Arts. His studio practice focuses on book design and paper engineering, installation and environmental design, event promotion design for cultural and nonprofit institutions, and branding and collateral for small businesses. His self-initiated projects and installations explore the nebulous territory that exists between traditional definitions of "art&q and &qdesign,&q and investigates how people interact with objects in their everyday lives.

MC—Michael Dylan Welch

How to find RASP and VALA in Redmond Town Center

VALA Eastside

RASP events are held at VALA Eastside at Redmond Town Center, at 7525 166th Ave NE, Suite D140 (directions). That's on the east side of the building across the street from Macy's (in the old Bergman Luggage location; see RTC directory) between T-Mobile and Subway. "The space has nice wood floors, restrooms, [and] running water," said Dawn Laurant, VALA's executive director.

VALA stands for Venues for Artists in the Local Area. It is an artist-friendly place (and we all agree that poetry and writing are major arts) and offers more flexability that our previous location. VALA Eastside We thank the leaders, staff and volunteers at VALA for their generous support of RASP and for the use of their artist-centric location.

Be sure to read the article in the Redmond Reporter about RASP and VALA——"RASP to blend its written, spoken art with the visual arts."

Mark your calendars for these dates, Too!

Ken Osborne, poet—Friday, Aug 25, 2017
Signup starts at 6:30 PM; reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM

Ken Osborne

Ken Osborne is an Englishman. He played in a band as a boy doing many concerts, including a tour of Czechoslovakia. A disruptive child, he walked out of school on his 16th birthday and went to sea. After a trip to New Zealand he drifted from job to job, lived on a monastic island for a while and eventually becoming a senior executive in a large retail company. He also ran the Cambridge Poetry Group for many years. He writes and plays music and produces the occasional oil painting. Many of his poems appear in his book Within Without (2013). Recordings of his poems are available at kenspoetry.com.

MC—Michael Heavener

John Shaw—Friday, Friday, Sept 29, 2017
Moved ahead one week due to Thanksgiving holiday
Signup starts at 6:30 PM; reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM

MC—Emily Dietrich

Ken Osborne

Matt Briggs, fiction—Friday, Oct 27, 2017
Signup starts at 6:30 PM; reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM

Matt Briggs is the author of eight works of fiction including >The Remains of River Names> and Virility Rituals of North American Teenage Boys. His first novel, Shoot the Buffalo, was a finalist for the 2006 Washington State Book Award and won the 2006 American Book Award. The Italian edition of The Remains of River Names was released last year by ad est dell’ equator (Napoli), and a new collection of prose is forthcoming from Dr. Cicero Books. His stories have appeared in The Chicago Review, Word Riot, Bull, Opium Magazine, Zyzyyva, and elsewhere. He’s online at http://www.suburgian.com.


Paul Barach, memoir, comedian—Friday, Nov. 17, 2017
Signup starts at 6:30 PM; reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM

Holiday Party Celebration—Friday, Dec. 8, 2017

TBA—Friday, Dec. 29, 2017