Poets in the Park

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Redmond Association of Spokenword (RASP) this Saturday, July 15, 2017, as Anderson Park in Redmond, Washington, is filled with poetry at Poets in the Park.

There will be readings and performances on two stages, workshops in the workshop cabin, and activities, installations, and vendors throughout the park, plus a poetry book fair. The lineup includes Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall, Redmond Poet Laureate Shin Yu Pai, and an illustrious assortment of poetic voices from around the region.

See the complete schedule on the Poets in the Park page, courtesy of Michael Dylan Welch, who founded and coordinates the annual event.

A couple of items have been lingering in the haiku file, with thanks to Michael Dylan Welch, who keeps us in the loop.

The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District is a non-profit 501(c)(6) that works to enhance Washington, DC’s Central Business District from the White House to Dupont Circle and 16th Street NW to New Hampshire Avenue NW. Among their many initiatives is the now-annual spring-themed Golden Haiku Contest. In March 2017, more than a hundred haiku signs were installed in downtown Washington flower beds. You can see the words on the Golden Haiku Winners page.

In another bit of MDW-supplied haiku news, this one from Ottsville, Pennsylvania, Bill Waters hung two dozen of his small haiku signs (mobiles? mixed-media sculptures?) that he calls “Haiku in the Wild” as part of the Aurora Alpaca and Llama Farm annual Llamapaloosa. Photos here.

As long as we’re on the subject, you may want to note for your calendar that Haiku North America 2017 takes place in Santa Fe, New Mexico, September 13–17, 2017, and the tenth-anniversary Haiku Northwest Seabeck Haiku Getaway will be held October 26–29, 2017, at the Seabeck Conference Center (2017 isn’t posted yet, but here’s a link to the 2016 conference page). ‘Sense of taste’ is this year’s theme.

Poetry series

February 18, 2017

Poets Wanted: Dead or Alive

Join Michael Dylan Welch for another new series of FREE “Poets Wanted: Dead or Alive” presentations this year, starting soon at the Redmond Regional Library, 15990 NE 85th Street in Redmond, Washington. Here’s the line-up for 2017:

Tuesday, February 28, 6:30 pm
Issa: Japanese Haiku Poet

Tuesday, March 7, 6:30 pm
William Carlos Williams: American Poet

Tuesday, March 21, 6:30 pm
Denise Levertov: Seattle Poet

Tuesday, March 28, 6:30 pm
Dylan Thomas: British Poet

All presentations are free! Plus on March 1 (7:00 pm) Michael will be doing a Dr. Seuss presentation for children and families, also at the Redmond Library.

These presentations will feature biographical information, videos, poems, discussion, and more! You are also welcome to bring your own favorite poems by these authors to share, perform, and discuss.

going ekphrastic

October 10, 2016

workshops

As part of the continuing Ekphrastic Assimilations project, the Redmond Association of Spokenword (RASP) will present a free, one-evening, four-part Ekphrastic Poetry Writing Workshop, curated by Michael Dylan Welch, with presenting poets Duane Kirby Jensen, J.I. Kleinberg, Jared Leising and Joannie Stangeland. Each of the four poets will introduce one approach to writing poetry in response to artwork. The participants will then have time to view the exhibit and use one (or more) of the suggested techniques to write a poem (or poems) and share their writing (if desired).

The workshops will be held this Friday, October 14, 2016, 6:30-9:00pm, at VALA Eastside Art Center, 7325 166th AVE NE, Redmond, Washington. No advance reservations are required. Just show up with your paper and pen. Should be fun! Please join us.

We have it on good authority that “the exhibit itself is spectacular.” To preview the artworks, visit the Ekphrastic Assimilations website and click on the images.

haiku haiku

September 9, 2016

Haiku Northwest

If haiku is on your radar, here are two bits of information from Haiku Northwest (via Michael Dylan Welch) that might interest you:

  • The thirteenth annual Porad Haiku Award is accepting haiku submissions for just one more week. The deadline is Thursday, September 15, 2016. The 2016 judge is Charles Trumbull, former president of the Haiku Society of America and editor emeritus of Modern Haiku magazine.
  • The Seabeck Haiku Getaway 2016 doesn’t take place until October 27–30, but you can save money by registering now. Early registration ends on Friday, September 23.

Follow the links for additional details on each of these haiku opportunities.

Poets in the Park 2016

The annual Poets in the Park poetry festival, picnic and book fair is coming to Anderson Park in Redmond, Washington, on Saturday, June 25, 2016, and it promises to be an action-packed day.

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.

Admission is free, including 55-minute workshops by David Horowitz, Mike Hickey, Christopher Luna, and Jeannine Hall Gailey. There will be plenty of open-mic reading opportunities (one featuring poems by dead poets only); a 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”; mini-golf, chalk art, Haiku on Sticks; and family-friendly art and craft activities.

To see the complete schedule, go to Poets in the Park and scroll down. There’s more Poets in the Park on Facebook. Bring your lunch and come enjoy a day of Poetry in the Park!

Poets in the Park is sponsored by the Redmond Arts & Culture Commission and the Redmond Association of Spokenword, directed by Michael Dylan Welch, with additional thanks to Rebecca Willow, Sammamish Kiwanis, Redmond Kiwanis, and many volunteers.

working poets

April 21, 2016

poets at work

Get the dog and the cat and take a National Poetry Month break, courtesy of Michael Dylan Welch.

Recognizing the similarities between poets and pets, he has created a page of altered quotes, Let Sleeping Poets Lie, in which the words pet(s), dog(s) and cat(s), as well as puppies and kittens, are replaced with poet(s).

When you’re ready for more, visit Look What the Poet Dragged In, where he’s given similar treatment to idiomatic expressions.

Watch out, Michael Dylan Welch, the poetcatcher is after you.
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