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.


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.

Be a Park poet

March 24, 2016

Poets in the Park

The date has been set for Poets in the Park — Redmond’s annual poetry fest. On Saturday, June 25, 2016, Anderson Park will be filled with readings, performances, open mic, hands-on poetry workshops, music, books…and maybe even YOUR new poetry activity!

Poets in the Park is looking for proposals for readings (25-minute slots) and workshops (55-minute slots). Send proposals as soon as possible to Michael Dylan Welch at WelchM@aol.com. He has provided the following details.

Reading Proposals
As with our previous festivals, we’re looking for readings by groups or organizations (if in doubt about what qualifies, just ask — a theme might work). Include this info:

  1. Title of reading, group, or organization.
  2. Organizer’s name (who should also be willing to MC their reading segment, or let us know who will MC).
  3. Names of possible readers (at least three).
  4. Any audio-visual or other stage needs.

Workshop Proposals
Workshops should focus on the craft of poetry and include generative and sharing/discussion activities. With your proposal, include a catchy title, the workshop facilitator’s name(s), and a sentence or two describing what participants can expect to learn from the workshop.

Please send your proposals as soon as possible, along with any creative or wacky ideas, and any questions. And watch for Poets in the Park news.

Poets in the Park

June 6, 2015

Poets in the Park

Poets in the Park

Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 20, 2015, and spend the day celebrating poetry at Anderson Park in Redmond. The FREE day-long Poets in the Park will include readings, workshops, vendors, installations, picnic-related activities, and a book fair. Along with headline poet Karen Finneyfrock, there will be group poetry readings by about 100 poets from Black Heron Press, Cascade College Poetry Students, Cowboy Poets, Crab Creek Review, Egress Studio Press, Farmer Poets, Haiku Northwest, Jack Straw Writers, LitFUSE, MoonPath Press, Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, Poetry Northwest, Pongo Teen Writing, Puget Sound Poetry Connection, Raven Chronicles, Redmond Association of Spokenword, Rose Alley Press, Seattle Poets Society, Striped Water, Two Sylvias Press, and more!

Poets in the Park is produced by Redmond Poet Laureate Michael Dylan Welch and the City of Redmond Arts Program, in partnership with Redmond Association of Spokenword (RASP), with support from 4Culture and Poets & Writers, Inc.

Enjoy the very long day before the solstice with a celebration of words.

Poets in the Park

You’re invited to join a dazzling lineup of poets for
Poets in the Park
Saturday, July 19, 2014, from 11am to 5pm

Anderson Park, 7802 168th Avenue NE, Redmond, Washington

Poets in the Park is a free poetry picnic, festival and bookfair, open to the public (families welcome).
Poetry readings on three stages / drop-in workshops
open-mic readings / poetry labyrinth / art installations.

Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the outdoor café (coffee, pastries and ice cream).

Bring your poetry books to sell at the bookfair,
with sales facilitated by Parkplace Books.
Sponsored by the Redmond Arts & Culture Commission and the Redmond Association of Spokenword,
directed by Michael Dylan Welch, Redmond poet laureate.

Readers include:
Elizabeth Austen (Washington State Poet Laureate)
Kelli Russell Agodon
Peggy Barnett
Mary Baylor
Laura Lee Bennett
Katherine Grace Bond
Jennifer Bullis
Dennis Caswell
Lyn Coffin
Clark Crouch
Gaul Culley
Victoria Ford
Jeannine Hall Gailey
Jerome Gold
Joseph Green
Del Gustafson
Mary Hake
Jackie Haskins
David Horowitz
Donald Kentop
Lynn Kopelke
Jared Leising
Tanya McDonald
Rebecca Meredith
Leonie Mikele
Dawn-Marie Oliver
Ken Osborne
Michelle Penaloza
Judith Roche
Stephen Roxborough
Raul Sanchez
Michelle Schaefer
Michael Schein
Douglas Schuder
Tim Sherry
Judt Shrode
Michael Spence
Joannie Stangeland
Carmen Sterba
Adora Svitak
Megan Tanner
Angela Terry
Richard Tice
Samantha Updegrave
Michael Dylan Welch
Carolyne Wright
and more!

Groups and organizations include:
Black Heron Press
Cowboy Poets
Greenwood Poets
Haiku Northwest
MoonPath Press
NeoPoeisis Press
Northwest Institute of Literary Arts MFA Program
Parkplace Books
Redmond Arts & Culture Commission
Redmond Association of Spokenword
Rose Alley Press
Two Sylvias Press

Haiku Kite (add a haiku to the kite’s tail)
Haiku on Sticks (view poems by Haiku Northwest members)
Poetry Labyrinth (walk the labyrinth and decorate it with lines of your poetry)
RASP on Sticks (view poems from the RASP anthology)
Weathergrams (make poem strips to hang on trees and bushes)

For more information, visit the Redmond Poet Laureate page or see Poets in the Park on Facebook.

See you at Poets in the Park!

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