Martha Brockenbrough

Martha Brockenbrough—Friday, May 27, 2016
Signup starts at 6:30 PM; reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM

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/.

MC—Michael Heavener


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."



Mark Your Calendars for These, Too!

2016

TBD—Friday, June 24, 2016
Signup starts at 6:30 PM; reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM


Poets in the Park, Saturday, June 25, 2016
Saturday, June 25, 2016—11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
More details are at http://www.graceguts.com/poets-in-the-park.

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!


Dan Gemeinhart (young adult fiction)—Friday, July 29, 2016
Signup starts at 6:30 PM; reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM

MC—Michael Dylan Welch

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

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

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

Judith Skillman (poetry)—Friday, October 28, 2016
Signup starts at 6:30 PM; reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM

Tod Marshall (poetry; our new state poet laureate)—Friday, November 18, 2016
Signup starts at 6:30 PM; reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM

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

TBD—Friday, December 30, 2016
Signup starts at 6:30 PM; reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM


2017

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