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

Friday, July 29, 2022—Jack Straw Writers
Reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Jack Straw Writers

Jessica GigotPoet and farmer Jessica Gigot’s second book of poems, Feeding Hour, won a Nautilus Award and was a finalist for the 2021 Washington State Book Award. Her memoir, A Little Bit of Land, will be published in 2022.

Ruth SchemmelRuth Schemmel’s short fiction has appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, Fiction, and New Orleans Review, among other places. She teaches high school English-language learners in the greater Seattle area.

Ruth SchemmelDanielle Hayden’s work has appeared in Seattle magazine, The Dillydoun Review, The Cleveland Review of Books, and elsewhere. She is a polyglot, an amateur calligrapher, and creator of the website, which encourages people to send letters.

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

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

MC—Michael Dylan Welch

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—Poets Table group reading, featuring Nan Harty, Michael Magee, Darren Nordlie, Cathy Ross, and Ken Schivitoz

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

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, December 30, 2022—TBD