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 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at VALA Eastside in Redmond Town Center (7330 164th Ave NE, Redmond, WA 98052). Open mic signup begins at 6:30 PM. RASP also holds a monthly writing critique group at the Redmond Regional Library on the second Tuesday of each month. All events are free. Please join us!.
Martha Brockenbrough is the author of The Game of Love and Death, a finalist for the Kirkus Prize and one of Publishers Weekly's Top 10 Books for Teens in 2015. She is the founder of National Grammar Day and author of several other books for young readers and adults. Read more about Martha and her books at http://martha-brockenbrough.squarespace.com/.
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. 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."
Poets in the Park is back! Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 25, for another Poets in the Park poetry festival at Anderson Park in Redmond, WA. We have a bountiful day of events planned, with workshops, readings, performances, book fair, an open mic reading, and more. Bring a lunch and join us for this FREE event!
Got a reading or workshop you want to do? See the call for proposals at http://www.graceguts.com/poets-in-the-park/poets-in-the-park-2016-proposals.
See you on June 25!
MCMichael Dylan Welch
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.
Discuss and improve your poetry & prose! Bring your poem or story to our Poetry & Prose Circle. We'll gather to share our writing, then offer ideas for improvement. Take away a new perspective on your creative work.
Day: Second Tuesday of each month
Time: 6:30-8:45 PM
Admission: Free, no registration required
Place: Redmond Regional Library
Bring: Something written that you're willing to share and get feedback on.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Facilitator: Katherine Grace Bond
Katherine Grace Bond is the author of the YA books The Summer of No Regrets (Sourcebooks), and Luke's Journal, and of the children's book The Legend of The Valentine (Zondervan), a story of the Civil Rights Movement. Her poetry and fiction appear in scores of journals and anthologies, including Peculiar Pilgrims: Stories from Left Hand of God (Hourglass Books), Arabesques, Beyond Magazine, Margin: An Online Journal of Magical Realism, and Here, There, and Everywhere (Redmond Association of Spokenword). She is the creator of TEENWrite, encouraging teens to approach their writing as professionals, and of EpicWrite, a "live action writing" community where participants come as their characters. She teaches teens and adults at Bellevue College and North Seattle College.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Facilitator: Wren Wynn
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
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.