Coming This Month

Rose Ramm Gamble (poet)—September 28, 2018
Signup starts at 6:30 PM; reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM

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.

MC—Michael Heavener

Special News:

New location starting in September 2018—
Redmond Heights Senior Living

Redmond Heights Senior Center

You may have seen our new location as you turn left from Redmond Way onto Willows Road. We're going to meet in the Atrium at the Redmond Heights Senior Living—no kidding—from now on. The staff is welcoming us with open arms and wants us to feel like it is our home. They see this as an opportunity to give back to the community, and make RASP's unique blend of literature, poetry, and participation available to their resident (including former featured readers Mary Whittington and Winnie Jaeger).

To get to our new location, there are two entrances. From doenntown Redmond, turn left from Redmond Way almost immediately after you cross the bridge over the slough and then drive north until you see the building with the large columns out front. Or from Kirkland, turn right onto Willows Road and go about a quarter mile. Then turn right into the driveway and head south to the columns. The google map is here, or look at the Redmond Height website.

Please welcome Julie Deutscher to the RASP board of directors

Mark your calendars for these dates, too!

Featured readers for 2018

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 Kevin lives near Seattle with his cat, Trixie, who likes to sit on top of the refrigerator.


Kate Walton (storyteller)—November 30, 2018

Kate Walton
Kate Walton is a writer, a Moth Grand Slam storyteller, and the CEO and owner of Steyer Content, a company that partners with enterprise clients to make meaningful connections between people and information. Kate has a BA in English from Harvard University and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Her hobbies include hiking and looking for her keys.

MC—Michael Dylan Welch

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

Featured readers for 2019

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

Melanie Noel is the author of The Monarchs (Stockport Flats, 2013) and The Ringing, a chapbook forthcoming from Goodmorning Menagerie. Her poems have also appeared in Thermos, Spiral Orb, Weekday, The Volta, and The Arcadia Project. She’s written poems for installations and as live scores for short films. She was a co-curator of the dance, music, and poetry series “Apostrophe,” and curated “Impala,” a reading series that took place in her grandmother’s car. She’s taught classes in parks, schools, hospitals, and community centers (, and enjoys doing creative engagement work with older adults who have memory loss ( She’s honored to serve as Redmond’s poet laureate for 2018–2020.

MC—Michael Dylan Welch

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