Celebrating RASP's 20th Anniversary


Coming This Month

Mary Dispenza

Mary Dispenza—January 26, 2018
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Mary Dispenza is a former Catholic nun, educator and National Distinguished Principal. She is an activist for equal rights and for the protection of children, and the Northwest leader of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. Mary has been featured on KUOW, Public Radio, and KOMO and KING TV in Seattle. Mary’s articles and opinion pieces have appeared in CNN Opinion, The Seattle Times and The Los Angeles Times. Mary’s memoir, Split: A Child, A Priest, and the Catholic Church, was a two-time Kindle finalists. Mary lives with her spouse in Washington State.

MC—Emily Dietrich



Mark your calendars for these dates, too!

Featured readers for 2018

Rena Priest

Rena Priest—February 23, 2018
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Rena Priest is a writer and performer. She is a Lummi tribal member and holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. She is active in efforts to strengthen community through participation in local arts and culture, and has taught subjects in comparative cultural studies, the humanities, and Native-American studies at Northwest Indian College, Fairhaven College, and Western Washington University. Her first collection of poetry, Patriarchy Blues, was published by MoonPath Press in June of 2017.

MC—Kara Simon


Sue Swanson

Sue Swanson (historian)—March 30, 2018
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Sue Cochran Swanson is an educator and a writer who received her BA in history from Mt. Holyoke College. She taught secondary school social studies and served as the official historian of Westchester County, New York. Sue is the author of Between the Lines: Stories of Westchester County, N.Y. During the American Revolution; Westchester County, N.Y., A Pictorial History; Freedom of the Press: From Zenger to Rushdie; and a recently completed memoir, The Time of My Life.

MC—Michael Heavener


Laura Allen Laura Allen

Laura Allen (poet, book artist)—April 27, 2018
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Laura Allen (formerly Laura Walton) is a visual artist, writer, and instructor. Laura’s visual art has been exhibited in numerous regional and national exhibitions, and her poetry has been featured in many journals, including Glitterpony, S/tick, and Pontoon. She recently published a chapbook of poetry and art, The Quiet Year, through Two Ponies Press. She lives with her husband and other assorted mammals in West Seattle, Washington.

MC—Michael Dylan Welch


Jay Rubin (novelist, translator)—May 25, 2018

Shelly Mauck

Sheely Mauck (memoirist)—June 29, 2018
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Sheely Mauck was born in Bangalore, India and was adopted in 1986 by two loving parents. Sheely lives in Des Moines, Washington and works for a statewide nonprofit that supports youth programs across Washington. In her free time, Sheely enjoys swimming, spending time with family, and writing. She has begun writing her next book, which explores the intersections of race, ability, and gender through a collection of personal experiences, obstacles, and relationships. Her first book, Grabbing a Spoon, is available on Amazon.


Jack Straw Writers—July 27, 2018

Renee Beauregard Lute

Renee Beauregard Lute (children's literature)—August 31, 2018
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Renee Beauregard Lute is the author of the “Winicker Wallace” children’s chapter book series (Calico, 2017). She is a member of SCBWI, and a graduate of the MFA program at Hamline University. Renee lives in Renton, Washington with her husband, three young children, and two cats. For more about Renee or Winicker, visit www.reneebeauregardlute.com.

Rose Gamble (poet)—September 28, 2018

October 26, 2018

November 30, 2018

Holiday Party Celebration—December 7, 2018

December 28, 2018



How to find RASP and VALA in Redmond Town Center

VALA Eastside

RASP events are held at VALA Eastside at Redmond Town Center, at 7525 166th Ave NE, Suite D140 (directions). That's on the east side of the building across the street from Macy's (in the old Bergman Luggage location; see RTC directory) between T-Mobile and Subway. "The space has nice wood floors, restrooms, [and] running water," said Dawn Laurant, VALA's executive director.

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 RASP and VALA——"RASP to blend its written, spoken art with the visual arts."