Bring something "grande" to read
All Open Mic—Friday, June 24, 2016
Signup starts at 6:30 PM; open mic starts at 7:00 PM

tthree and a half pages is approximately 10 minutes

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 each—Woo Hoo!

BTW, 10 minutes is about three and a half pages (see picture). Please practice a few times with a timer.

MC—Michael Heavener

Poets in the Park Schedule for June 25, 2016

Poets in the Park, Saturday, June 25, 2016
Saturday, June 25, 2016—11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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 (scroll down for the schedule).

Good things to know:

  • Free admission, including workshops by David Horowitz, Mike Hickey, Christopher Luna, and Jeannine Hall Gailey.
  • If you have books to sell in our free book fair (sales handled for you, with no commission taken), please bring books to the book fair cabin (before 11:00 preferred, or whenever you arrive).
  • Please bring your own lunch.
  • Free street parking (and in the church parking lot next to the park). See directions on the website link above.
  • Plenty of open-mic reading opportunities this year, including a reading in which we invite you to read poems by dead poets only.
  • Poetic Sensory Walk in Urban Nature led by Kim Dietz.
  • Numerous vendors, including Black Heron Press, Rose Alley Press, Redmond Historical Society, LiTFUSE, VALA Art Center, Jim Teeters and "My Goldfish Stole the Moon: Poetry Fun," and more.
  • Mini golf returns! Plus chalk art, Haiku on Sticks, and more!
  • Art and craft activities available, so bring the whole family.
  • Tell us you're coming at the Facebook invite page at (please share the invite).
  • Spread the word! Bring friends!

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

See you on June 25! Oh, and did we mention free ice cream?

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!


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.

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


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