Poets in the Park 2018

July 7, 2018, Anderson Park, Redmond

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Coming This Month

Laura Allen Laura Allen

Laura Allen (poet, book artist)—April 27, 2018
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Laura Allen (formerly Laura Walton) is a visual artist, writer, and instructor. Laura’s visual art has been exhibited in numerous regional and national exhibitions, and her poetry has been featured in many journals, including Glitterpony, S/tick, and Pontoon. She recently published a chapbook of poetry and art, The Quiet Year, through Two Ponies Press. She lives with her husband and other assorted mammals in West Seattle, Washington.

MC—Michael Dylan Welch

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Featured readers for 2018

Jay Rubin

Jay Rubin (novelist, translator)—May 25, 2018
Signup starts at 6:30 PM; reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM

Jay Rubin taught at the University of Washington for eighteen years. He is an emeritus professor of Japanese literature at Harvard and a translator of Haruki Murakami and other modern Japanese writers. Jay is the author of Making Sense of Japanese, Haruki Murakami and the Music of Words, and The Sun Gods, and editor of The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories (June, 2018).

MC—Michael Dylan Welch

Shelly Mauck

Sheely Mauck (memoirist)—June 29, 2018
Signup starts at 6:30 PM; reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM

Sheely Mauck was born in Bangalore, India and was adopted in 1986 by two loving parents. Sheely lives in Des Moines, Washington and works for a statewide nonprofit that supports youth programs across Washington. In her free time, Sheely enjoys swimming, spending time with family, and writing. She has begun writing her next book, which explores the intersections of race, ability, and gender through a collection of personal experiences, obstacles, and relationships. Her first book, Grabbing a Spoon, is available on Amazon.

Jack Straw Writers—July 27, 2018

Renee Beauregard Lute

Renee Beauregard Lute (children's literature)—August 31, 2018
Signup starts at 6:30 PM; reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM

Renee Beauregard Lute is the author of the “Winicker Wallace” children’s chapter book series (Calico, 2017). She is a member of SCBWI, and a graduate of the MFA program at Hamline University. Renee lives in Renton, Washington with her husband, three young children, and two cats. For more about Renee or Winicker, visit www.reneebeauregardlute.com.

Rose Gamble (poet)—September 28, 2018

Kevin J. O’Conner (poet)—October 26, 2018

Kate Walton (storyteller)—November 30, 2018

Holiday Party Celebration—December 7, 2018

Laura Lee Bennett (poetry and fiction)—December 28, 2018

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."