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.


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


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.

inspired by art

August 8, 2016

Ekphrastic Assimilations

Here’s an ambitious international/regional, art/poetry project that invites your participation. Ekphrastic Assimilations is “a months-long project culminating in an exhibition of painting, photography and mixed-media visual art by six Chinese and six Washington State artists…as well as poets from both locations.”

The artwork is posted on the Ekphrastic Assimilations website. You can click to see the images larger and you can click on a link to see the ekphrastic response. For example, here is a painting by LV De’an – 吕德安 with a response poem by Rick Barot.

In addition, you are invited to respond to the artwork and contribute poems (in the comments field). All images and poems will be exhibited at the VALA art center in Redmond, Washington, September 15 – October 30, 2016. There will be a number of related events, including opening and closing receptions, two Poetry Write-In Workshops, a Calligraphy Workshop, a Spoken Word Poetry Workshop, a Wordimage symposium, and the Ekphrastic Assimilations Conference and Reading. Events details (somewhat limited) here.

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.


April 15, 2016


Herewith, a random selection of things that have flashed across the screen:

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.

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