Coming This Month
RASP's regular monthly events are free and do not require registration.

Friday, December 9, 2022—Holiday Party at Centro Cultural Mexicano
This event starts at 6:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Due to weather/road conditions and concerns for safety, we will NOT be meeting tonight. We are rescheduling the Holiday Party to Friday, Dec 9th, starting at 6:00 PM (Pacific). Thank you for your patience and understanding.We look forward to celebrating this wonderful season with you!

Join us for RASP's annual holiday party! Bring snacks to share (optional)—RASP will provide drinks, cups, paper plates, and plastic utensils. Wear a holiday hat or sweater, or come as you are. And bring poems to share in our open mic (holiday-themed for bonus points). We'll also have holiday decorations, socializing, poetry games, Robinson Bolkum as our featured entertainment, and maybe even a crackling fireplace! After the party, we can all go visit the Redmond Lights installations at nearby Downtown Park.

TBDRobinson Bolkum, composer of whimsical verse, is known—from the Birmingham suburbs to the foot of the mighty Himalayas—by few. His four-book series won a Caldecott Award (which he wrote out in crayon and gave to himself). The critics have called it a "no-I-haven't-heard-of-it" or "please-go-away-now-I'm-busy" extravaganza. Fans an' detractors alike enjoy a lot of other books by a lot of other authors. Bolkum himself enjoys reading his work, while he's waiting in line at the grocery store and you should get a copy, for this very purpose.

Friday, December 30, 2022—Scott Ferry (poet)
Reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM (Pacific Time) Scott Ferry (poet)

Scott Ferry helps veterans heal as a RN in the Seattle area. His latest book of poetry, The Long Blade of Days Ahead, is now available from Impspired Press. You can find more of his work at

MC—Michael Heavener

We've moved to Centro Cultural Mexicano

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, January 27, 2023—Hugo House Staff: Caitlin Andrews, Jasmine Plaskon, and Ankober Yewondwossen
Reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Hugo House is a nonprofit writing center in Seattle, Washington that helps writers realize their visions, and helps experienced writers become teachers. Tonight’s reading features three Hugo House staff members from the events and community support teams: Caitlin Andrews, Jasmine Plaskon, and Ankober Yewondwossen.

Caitlin Andrews
Caitlin Andrews is originally from the one-light town of Phoenix, Maryland, and holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Miami. Her thesis was a finalist for the Marianne Russo Award for a novel-in-progress, and she has been awarded scholarships and fellowships from GrubStreet and the Chesapeake Writers' Conference. She continues work on her first novel, a braided queer historical narrative set during the Irish War for Independence. Her website is

Jasmine Plaskon
Jasmine Plaskon is a Black educator, poet, performer, and events curator at Hugo House in Seattle, Washington. She received her MFA from Spalding University and you can read her work in Fourth River Review, The Sante Fe Literary Review, Peach Velvet Mag, Sundress Publications, and Winter Tangerine. Stay up to date with Jasmine's latest writing at, or on her Facebook/YT @jspiswriting.

Ankober Yewondwossen
Ankober Yewondwossen is an Ethiopian born and raised in Seattle who writes braided nonfiction essays and poetry and is interested in experimental genre-mixed confessional free-verse. Her work explores concepts founded in migration studies, womanism, healing (internal alchemy), and narrative medicine. Ankober is a "mule of the world" in recovery. You may ask her what she means when you see her. Find her poetry at and her nonfiction essays and think-pieces at

MC—Michael Dylan Welch

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

Dierdre Lockwood

Deirdre Lockwood is a poet and fiction writer based in Seattle. Her poems have appeared in The Threepenny Review, The Yale Review, Poetry Northwest, and elsewhere. She has an MFA in poetry from Boston University and a PhD in oceanography from the University of Washington. She has received support from the Fulbright program, Hugo House, the Elizabeth George Foundation, Artist Trust, Marble House Project, Willapa Bay AiR, and Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, and is working on a novel. Visit her at

MC—Michael Heavener

Friday, April 28, 2023—Janine Walker (poet)

Friday, May 26, 2023—Suma Subramaniam (children's literature, poetry)

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—Kendra Steel (poet)

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