Coming This Month

Laura Lee Bennett
Portrait by Savvy Dani,
San Serif, 2015. Collection
of the artist.

Laura Lee Bennett (poetry)—Friday, August 26, 2016
Signup starts at 6:30 PM; reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM

Laura Lee Bennett received her MFA in creative writing from the University of Oregon. She is a past president of the Redmond Association of Spokenword (RASP), and actively supports the written and spoken arts in her community. To support her writing habit, she edits software manuals and historical articles about Redmond, Washington. In December 2015, Laura Lee was honored along with four other women artists/activists in the show "[R]evolution" at VALA Eastside in Redmond. There she also collaborated with two other poets, Chi Chi Stewart and Elizabeth Carroll Hayden, on I Am Not Cursed, a retelling of the Demeter-Persephone-Hades myth in three voices. She channels Persephone on a daily basis.

MC—Allison Ohlinger

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Jack Straw Writers (fiction): Ramon Isao, Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum, and Ruby Hansen Murray—Friday, September 30, 2016
Signup starts at 6:30 PM; reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM

Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum

Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum is the author of two collections of short fiction, This Life She’s Chosen and Swimming With Strangers. She has been the recipient of a PEN/O. Henry Prize and fellowships from the Sewanee Writers Conference and the MacDowell Colony. She is a 2016 Jack Straw Writing Program resident, and she teaches at the Attic Learning Community in Woodinville and at Seattle’s Richard Hugo House.

Ramon Isao

Ramon Isao is a recipient of the Tim McGinnis Award for Fiction, as well as a writing fellowship from Jack Straw Cultural Center. His stories have appeared in The Iowa Review, Ninth Letter, Hobart, and The American Reader. His screenplay credits includeDead Body, Zombies of Mass Destruction, and Junk (in which he costars). He has an MFA from Columbia University, and he teaches creative writing at Hugo House in Seattle.

Ruby Hansen Murray

Ruby Hansen Murray’s prose and poetry appears in Wild in the Willamette, Oregon Humanities Magazine, Yellow Medicine Review, Tribal College Journal, Salal, The Lake Rises, and About Place. She teaches creative writing in rural and tribal settings. A VONA fellow, she’s been awarded residencies at the Sitka Island Institute, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Brush Creek, Jentel, Playa, and Hypatia-in-the-Woods. She is completing an MFA in creative writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

MC—Kara Simon

Judith Skillman

Judith Skillman (poetry)—Friday, October 28, 2016
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Judith Skillman’s latest book is House of Burnt Offerings (Pleasure Boat Studio: A Literary Press). Her work has appeared in J Journal, Tampa Review, Prairie Schooner, Field, The Iowa Review, Poetry, Shenandoah, Pontoon, and other journals and anthologies. Awards include an Eric Mathieu King Fund grant from the Academy of American Poets. Kafka’s Thistle, a collection of poetry about the relationships, life, loves and works of Franz Kafka, is forthcoming in September 2016 from Cherry Grove. Currently she works on manuscript review. Her website is

MC—Michael Heavener

Tod Marshall (poetry; our new state poet laureate)—Friday, November 18, 2016
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MC—Michael Dylan Welch

Holiday Party—Friday, December 9, 2016
Starts at 6:30 PM

No Reading or Open Mic—Friday, December 30, 2016
No event between Christmas and New Year


Laurel Leigh, poet (from Bellingham)—Friday, January 27, 2017
Signup starts at 6:30 PM; reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM

Kate Walton, storyteller (from Bainbridge)—Friday, February 24, 2017
Signup starts at 6:30 PM; reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM

RASP now meets at VALA in Redmond Town Center!

VALA Eastside

We are located at VALA Eastside in Redmond Town Center, at 7330 164th Ave NE in Redmond Town Center (directions). That's on the southwest side of the center circle; it's the space with the revolving door between Victoria's Secret and Z Gallerie. (see RTC directory).

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 VALA, RASP, and our new location——"RASP to blend its written, spoken art with the visual arts."