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

Laura Da’

Friday, May 27, 2022—Laura Da’ (poet)
Reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Laura Da’ is a poet and teacher who studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is the author of Tributaries, American Book Award winner, and Instruments of the True Measure, Washington State Book Award winner. Da’ is Eastern Shawnee. She is the 2022–2024 Redmond poet laureate. Da’ lives near Renton, Washington with her family. Visit Laura at

MC—Michael Dylan Welch

RASP meetings are held at Centro Cultural Mexicano

Join us at Centro Cultural Mexicano at 7945 Gilman St. in Redmond, between McDonalds Books and Redmond Vacuum, two doors down from Victor's Coffee. For more information about upcoming exhibits, visit the gallery's website.

Centro Cultural Mexicano
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Upcoming Readings and Events

Vikram Madan (poet and artist)

Friday, June 24, 2022—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

Friday, July 29, 2022—Jack Straw Writers

David Lasky

Friday, August 26, 2022—David Lasky (graphic novelist)

David Lasky coauthored the graphic novel Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song, which won comics’ Eisner Award in 2013. He has been writing poetry in his spare time for more than 20 years, and often combines art forms to make “poetry comics.” David has been a graphic novel instructor for 15 years, teaching to all age and skill levels, and is currently teaching Haiku Comics online. David's website is


Mary Lou Sanelli

Friday, September 30, 2022—Mary Lou Sanelli (essayist, memoirist)

Mary Lou Sanelli, author, speaker, and master dance teacher, has published five collections of poetry and four works of nonfiction. Her latest collection of essays, Every Little Thing, has been nominated for a Pacific Northwest Book Award, a Pushcart Prize, and a Washington State Book Award. Her first novel, The Star Struck Dance Studio of Yucca Springs, was released in 2020 and her first children's book, Bella Likes to Try, will be published in the spring of 2022. For more information about her and her work, visit


Friday, October 28, 2022—TBD

Friday, November 18, 2022—TBD
Moved ahead one week to avoid Thanksgiving holiday

Friday, December 30, 2022—TBD