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RASP: Our Open Mic

Celebrating literary arts and poetry in Redmond for more than 25 years

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 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (Pacific time) for a featured presentation and an open-mic reading at the Mi Casa gallery of Centro Cultural Mexicano. RASP also holds a monthly writing critique group via Zoom on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30 PM to 8:45 PM (Pacific time). All events are open to the public and usually free. Please join us!

While literature is one of our best avenues for dealing with difficult subjects, remember that our meetings are open to a diverse audience, including young people. We ask that your reading does not attempt to normalize discrimination or mistreatment of others.

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What's an Open Mic?

It's your opportunity to share your work with a receptive audience.

Each month, we open up the podium to everyone to share 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 at each month's Reading Series. You do not need to register in advance—we want you just as you are.

What time do you meet?

The evening's program begins at 7:00 PM (Pacific Time).

Where do you meet?

Starting with the May 26 featured reading and open mic, RASP is moving to the Mi Casa gallery and meeting space, part of Centro Cultural Mexicano. The address is 7945 Gilman St. This is the same space we used to use, next to what was McDonald Books, now part of Mi Casa.

For more information about upcoming exhibits and Centro Cultural Mexicano, visit the gallery's website.

What else happens?

Several times each year, RASP schedules an Island Style Slam, in which short poems are created and then judged for originality. Peggy Barnett's award-winning poem The Longest Word, published in the RASP Poetry Anthology, was written at the 2009 holiday party Island Style Slam.

Sometimes featured artists choose to perform in others ways; examples include readers who were accompanied by harp, guitar, or drum, and readers who used presentations. RASP has also hosted spoken works with more than one person reading.

In addition, RASP authors have read from their work at other venues throughout the Eastside. RASP encourages our members to participate in as many open mics and events as possible.

Occasionally, RASP experiments with different types of open mics. An example was our Big Reading, where readers had up to 10 minutes to read extended versions of their work.

What else has been read at the RASP Open Mic?

Here are a few samples to entertain you:

What are the guidelines for the Open Mic?

Other nearby events and open mics

RASP members support a variety of other open mics in East King County. We encourage you to attend and participate. Here are a sampling: