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!.
Peter Ludwin has received a literary fellowship from Artist Trust. His new book is Gone to Gold Mountain, from MoonPath Press. In 2016, he was also a poetry finalist for the Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards, the second place winner of the Kay Snow Writing Awards sponsored by Willamette Writers, and his poem Wolf Concerto won The Comstock Review’s Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial Award, judged by Marge Piercy.
Beginning in September 2016, RASP will meet in the new home of VALA Eastside at Redmond Town Center, at 7325 166th Ave NE Suite F (directions). That's on the southeast side of the center circle; (in the old Ann Taylor location between Lucy Activewear and Claire's on the old Borders side). (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."
Visit Michael Dylan Welch's Gallery on Picasa
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, October 11, 2016
NOTE: Session will be held at VALA
Tuesday, November 8, 2016-
Facilitator: Wren Wynn-Thompson
Returns to Redmond Public Library
Wren Anderson is a poet, essayist, and educator. She earned her MFA from the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program at Pine Manor College. She has been published in several anthologies. She also wrote and illustrated Chrysalis, a poetry chapbook. She is also a visual artist whose work is in several private collections and can be seen October through December of this year at Woodinville Unitarian Universalist church in Woodinville, Washington. She and her wife live in Monroe and have five kids and one spoiled cat.
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.