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RASP: Redmond Association of Spokenword

Celebrating literary arts and poetry in Redmond for more than 25 years

RASP was founded in 1997 to promote literary arts and activities in Redmond, Washington, and the surrounding area. We meet on the last Friday of each month from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (Pacific time) for a featured presentation and an open-mic reading at the Mi Casa gallery of Centro Cultural Mexicano. RASP also holds a monthly writing critique group via Zoom on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30 PM to 8:45 PM (Pacific time). All events are open to the public and usually free. Please join us!

While literature is one of our best avenues for dealing with difficult subjects, remember that our meetings are open to a diverse audience, including young people. We ask that your reading does not attempt to normalize discrimination or mistreatment of others.

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Coming This Month
RASP's regular monthly events are free and do not require registration.

Friday, May 31, 2024—Janae Lu (poetry)
Reading/open mic starts at 6:30 pm (please do not arrive before 6:15)

Janae Lu

Janae Lu is an aspiring young writer who is inclined toward free-verse poetry and creative prose when not writing to champion the inherent beauty of scientific narratives. She is a sophomore at Tesla STEM High School, an active member of the Redmond Teen Advisory Board, and a second-year member of the Seattle Youth Poetry Fellowship, where she has had opportunities to read poetry at Seattle Town Hall. Her work has been featured at the University of Washington Henry Art Gallery and the Rising Phoenix Review. When not writing, she does endless amounts of homework, overworks her Spotify account, and adds to her growing book collection.

MC—Michael Dylan Welch



We meet at Centro Cultural Mexicano's Mi Casa gallery

RASP's featured reading and open mic are conducted in the Mi Casa gallery and meeting space, part of Centro Cultural Mexicano. The address is 7945 Gilman St., next to what was McDonald Books, now part of Mi Casa.

For more information about upcoming exhibits and Centro Cultural Mexicano, visit the gallery's website.



Upcoming Readings and Events


Friday, June 28, 2024—Mary Lou Sanelli (nonfiction/poetry)

Mary Lou Sanelli (nonfiction/poetry)

Tonight's performance is in honor of National Immigration Month. Mary Lou Sanelli, author, speaker, and master dance teacher, has published five collections of poetry and four works of nonfiction. Her latest collection of essays, Every Little Thing, was nominated for a Pacific Northwest Book Award and a Washington State Book Award. Her first novel, The Star Struck Dance Studio of Yucca Springs, was released in 2020 and her first children's book, Bella Likes to Try, was published in 2022. Her readings win an audience with poignant insights and gentle self-effacing humor. The Seattle Times said, "What Sanelli does in front of an audience is easier to recognize than it is to define." Her website is www.marylousanelli.com.

MC—Kari Tai


Friday, July 26, 2024—Erin Malone (poetry)

Friday, August 30, 2024—Alex Smith (poetry)

Friday, September 27, 2024—Michael Keen (fiction)

Friday, October 25, 2024—Julene Tripp Weaver (poet)

Friday, November 22, 2024—Josh Tuininga (graphic novelist)
Moved ahead one week to avoid Thanksgiving holiday weekend

Friday, December 13, 2024—Holiday Party

Friday, December 27, 2024—No reading scheduled


Poetry and Prose Circle

Read your poetry or prose and then we'll discuss your work and offer ideas for improvement. Take away a new perspective on your creative work.

Day: Second Tuesday of each month
Time: 6:30 to approximately 9:00 PM (Pacific Time).
FREE: RASP's regular monthly events are free and do not require registration.
Location: Zoom (see below).
Bring: Something written that you're willing to share and get feedback on. You will be able to share your screen so others can read your written words.

Join the monthly RASP Poetry and Prose Circle Zoom meeting beginning at 6:30 PM (Pacific Time)

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Tuesday, August 13, 2024

Tuesday, September 10, 2024

Tuesday, October 8, 2024

Tuesday, November 12, 2024

Tuesday, December 10, 2024


Look for us on social media

Look for our frequent messages and writing prompts on Facebook. Follow us, share us, enjoy us. Tweet about us, too, and retweet our tweets.


Our Monthly Open Mic

RASP's Open Mic gives you the opportunity to share your work with a receptive audience.

Each month, we open up the microphone to everyone to share their poetry and prose with a receptive audience. You can also participate by relaxing and listening to the words of others.

If you have written something you would like to read, show up early and sign up for a time slot. Time slots are scheduled before and after the featured reader. Details and guidelines are at our Open Mic page.


Other places for poetry and art

VALA (Venue for Artists in the Local Area) https://www.valaeastside.org/

SoulFood Poetry Night https://sites.google.com/site/soulfoodpoetrynight

APex - Artists Personal exchange https://www.facebook.com/groups/357724264707997/

Duvall Poetry https://duvallpoetry.weebly.com/

Everett Poetry Nite https://duanekirbyjensen.wixsite.com/everett-poetry-night

Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park https://www.thirdplacebooks.com/event/local-author-open-mic

WUUC Poetry Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/wuucpoetry

The Poetry Department (blog) https://thepoetrydepartment.wordpress.com/nw-lit-events/

Redmond Poet Laureate https://www.redmond.gov/185/Arts-Culture

Redmond Arts & Culture Commission https://www.redmond.gov/489/Redmond-Arts-Culture-Commission-RACC