Coming This Month
RASP events are free and do not require registration.

Friday, September 30, 2022—Vikram Madan Vikram Madan (poet and artist)

Vikram Madan writes humorous poetry for the young at heart. His collection A Hatful of Dragons appeared on six 2020 Best Book lists (including those of Kirkus Reviews and the New York Public Library). Two earlier collections, The Bubble Collector and Lord of the Bubbles, both won Moonbeam Book Awards for Children’s Poetry. Learn more at and follow him at @ArtByVikram.

MC—Michael Heavener

We've moved!

Centro Cultural Mexicano, and RASP meetings, moved around the corner

Important! Centro Cultural Mexicano has moved around the corner. That means RASP has a new home, too, and we think you'll enjoy meeting here. You will now find us on the first floor/street level at 16300 Redmond Way, the NE corner of the intersection between Redmond Way and NE Leary Way (in the store where the dress shop used to be). If you find yourself at the old gallery, just walk to Redmond Way and turn right. For more information about upcoming exhibits and Centro Cultural Mexicano, visit the gallery's website.

Upcoming Readings and Events

Friday, October 28, 2022—Poets Table group reading, featuring Nan Harty, Michael Magee, Darren Nordlie, Cathy Ross, Ken Schiovitz, and Sue Lovgren-Wade

Poets Table was formed after a University of Washington certificate of poetry class decided to continue meeting after their class was over. The group has been meeting monthly for more than twenty years to share and critique poetry.

Nan Harty Nan Harty is a community poet sharing her poems and listening to other poets in open mic venues throughout the Seattle area. She published The Telling of the Trees in 2021.

Michael Magee Michael Magee’s poems and plays have been produced and published in the United States, England, and Greece. His latest book is Terra Firma: Sacred Ground.

Darren L. Nordlie Darren L. Nordlie is the 2022 first place winner in Poetry for EPIC Group Writers and his work has appeared on the Washington state poet laureate website. He serves as vice president of the Redmond Association of Spokenword.

Cathy Ross Cathy Ross’s poems reflect a woman’s journey through the middle years and often reveal unexpected layers within an ordinary life. Her latest book is What the Tulips Said.

Ken Shiovitz Ken Shiovitz, former animal behaviorist, real estate broker, and poetry venue host, has published birdsong research, essays, and poetry. Books are Rules of the Universe and Illuminating the Void.

Sue Lovgren-Wade Sue Lovgren-Wade is a poet from Woodinville, Washington who writes what might best be described as miscellaneous poetry, ranging from centipedes to PTSD. Publishing seems to be a new adventure on the horizon.

MC—Rose Ramm

Friday, November 18, 2022—TBA
Moved ahead one week to avoid Thanksgiving holiday
Reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Friday, December 2, 2022—Holiday Party at Centro Cultural Mexicano
This event starts at 6:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Friday, December 30, 2022—Scott Ferry (poet)

Upcoming readings for 2023

Friday, January 27, 2023—TBA

Friday, February 24, 2023—Priscilla Long

Priscilla Long
Photo by Anne Herman

Priscilla Long is a Seattle-based writer of poetry, creative nonfiction, science, history, and fiction, and a long-time independent teacher of writing. Her seventh book is Dancing with the Muse in Old Age (Coffeetown, 2022). Her two poetry books are Holy Magic (MoonPath Press) and Crossing Over: Poems (University of New Mexico Press). Her how-to-write book is The Writer's Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writer's Life. She grew up on a dairy farm on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. For more info go to


Friday, March 31, 2023—Dierdre Lockwood

Friday, April 28, 2023—TBA

Friday, May 26, 2023—TBA

Friday, June 30, 2023—TBA

Friday, July 28, 2023—Mary Lou Sanelli (essayist, memoirist)

Friday, August 25, 2023—TBA

Friday, September 29, 2023—TBA

Friday, October 27, 2023—TBA

Friday, November 17, 2023—TBA
Moved ahead one week to avoid Thanksgiving holiday
Reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Friday, December 29, 2023—TBA