Poets in the Park Survey

Dear Poets in the Park attendee,

If you attended Poets in the Park on July 7, whether as a reader, attendee, or volunteer, RASP would be grateful if you could spend a few minutes taking the Poets in the Park 2018 Survey (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfd8uqfuUUOe6nRAkClrDN7XQE-_ynZfsD-Bxmz7DHepFBhdQ/viewform?c=0&w=1). Your feedback will help us improve the event. Please respond by August 5, 2018.

Thank you.

Coming This Month

Jack Straw Writers—July 27, 2018
Signup starts at 6:30 PM; reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM; Note location change to Brick And Mortar Books (see below)

Daemond Arrindell

Daemond Arrindell is a poet, playwright, performer, and teaching artist, and the 2018 program curator for Jack Straw Writers. He is a faculty member of Freehold Theatre and the Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab, adjunct faculty at Seattle University and Tacoma’s School of the Arts, and writer-in-residence through Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Writers in the Schools program and Skagit River Poetry Foundation. Daemond was a 2013 Jack Straw writer, a VONA Voices Writers’ Workshop fellow, and his work has been published by City Arts, Poetry Northwest, Specter, and Crosscut magazines.

Bryan Edenfield

Bryan Edenfield was born in Arizona but has lived in Seattle since 2007. As the founder and director of the literary arts organization Babel/Salvage, he hosted and curated the Glossophonic Showcase and the Ogopogo Performance Series. His work has been published in Construction Magazine, Meekling Review, Dryland, Plinth, and Vanilla Sex Magazine, among others. He has a degree in philosophy and history from a mediocre university, so don’t worry.

Natasha Kochicheril Moni

Natasha Kochicheril Moni, a first-generation American of Dutch and Indian heritage, is a licensed naturopathic doctor in Washington State. Her publication credits include sixty journals such as Magma, Entropy, and The Rumpus. She has one full-length poetry collection, The Cardiologist’s Daughter (Two Sylvias Press, 2014), and two poetry chapbooks, Lay Down Your Fleece (Shirt Pocket Press, 2017) and Nearly (Dancing Girl Press, 2018).

MC—Michael Dylan Welch

IMPORTANT: Note our change of address in JULY and AUGUST to Brick and Mortar Books in Redmond Town Center

Brick and Mortar Books

RASP is looking for a new permanent home. VALA is closing its current location at Redmond Town Center and no details are yet available on where the Art Gallery/Center will be relocated. Suggestions for a new location can be emailed to RASP at contact@raspread.com

In July and August, RASP events will be held at Brick and Mortar Books, at 7430 164th Ave NE Suite B105 (directions). That's on the west side of the north building (in peach on map), between Marriott Residence Inn and Gap Kids (downstairs from Guitar Center), across the street from Cow Chip Cookies and iPic Theaters; see RTC directory). RASP thanks Brick and Mortar owner Dan Ulum for generously allowing us to use his location temporarily.

Mark your calendars for these dates, too!

Featured readers for 2018

Renee Beauregard Lute

Renee Beauregard Lute (children's literature)—August 31, 2018
Signup starts at 6:30 PM; reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM; Note location change to Brick And Mortar Books (see above)

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.

MC—Kara Simon

Rose Ramm Gamble (poet)—September 28, 2018

Rose Ramm Gamble

Rose Ramm Gamble is a corn-fed Nebraska revolutionary. A veteran of the Midwest punk scene and wannabe mystic of Catholic heritage, her dogma descends mostly from Beatles lyrics. Curriculum vitae: taught English, leads a theater costume team, and once served Kenny Loggins a Shakespearian minstrel song and an ollalaberry muffin. When Rose stomps out her poetry, it's a shaman journey through social justice covens, parochial school studios, redneck trailer parks, therapy couches, mosh pits, Satsang meditations, and briars of shiny black berries, ripe for the picking.


Kevin J. O’Conner (poet)—October 26, 2018
Signup starts at 6:30 PM; reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM

Kevin J. O’Conner, according to his phone’s auto-complete function, "is a poet who is not sure what he does, but doesn’t have any other way to make sure he has a more appropriate experience with his own story." This is not far from the truth. What Kevin is sure of is that his latest poetry collection is The Lilac Years. You can also read his blog, "Ordinary Average Thoughts," at https://ordinaryaveragethoughts.com/. Kevin lives near Seattle with his cat, Trixie, who likes to sit on top of the refrigerator.


Kate Walton (storyteller)—November 30, 2018

Laura Lee Bennett (poetry and fiction)—December 28, 2018

Featured readers for 2019

Melanie Noel (Redmond poet laureate)—January 25, 2019

Gloria Burgess (new children’s book is Pass It On)—February 22, 2019

BookClub Seattle: Helen Harris, Doris Jean Hill, and Jackie Roberts—March 25, 2019

TBD—April 26, 2018

Joan D. Stamm (memoir)—May 31, 2018