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!.
Here's your opportunity to take as long as you want to read up to 10 minutes. Fiction writers, we're calling you. You need more time than our standard three minutes? This is for you.
And poets, want to explore your inner "T.S. Eliot?" Or, test drive that batch of serial poems you've dreamed of connecting? Want to be a "performance poet" for the evening? Want to gather several of you together and do "call and response." This is your chance to entertain us with your epic works. Ten full minutes eachWoo Hoo!
BTW, 10 minutes is about three and a half pages (see picture). Please practice a few times with a timer.
We've got a superb line-up of readers, performers, and vendors for Poets in the Park. We're again at Anderson Park, 7802 168th Ave NE, in Redmond, Washington, coming up on Saturday, June 25 (11:00 am to 6:00 pm). And it's all FREE.
For all the details, including the Poets in the Park schedule, please see http://www.graceguts.com/poets-in-the-park (scroll down for the schedule).
Good things to know:
Festival highlights include a RASP reading, a featured reading by Redmond poet laureate, Shin Yu Pai, Band of Poets (with music), a performance of the Persephone myth, bilingual readings, a "Poets Against Hate" performance, and readings from such groups as Maltby Women Poets, Rose Alley Press, MoonPath Press, StringTown, Jack Straw Writers, Striped Water, and Noisy Water anthology poets, among others. And YOU at the open-mic readings!
Poets in the Park is sponsored by the Redmond Association of Spokenword and the City of Redmond, directed by Michael Dylan Welch.Any questions? Please contact Michael Dylan Welch at WelchM@aol.com.
See you on June 25! Oh, and did we mention free ice cream?
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."
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, 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.