Celebrating RASP's 20th Anniversary

Coming This Month

Join us for a special series of poetry workshops facilitated by some well-known Northwest Poets.

You'll enjoy learning how to:

  • Release your inner creativity
  • Get into a rhyming mode
  • Follow through on submissions
  • Develop your spoken groove

Join us every Tuesday of October (10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24) at the Redmond Regional Library. We meet at 6:30 pm in Room 2.

For more details, glance at the right column of this page.

Matt Briggs

Matt Briggs, fiction—Friday, Oct 27, 2017
Signup starts at 6:30 PM; reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM

Matt Briggs is the author of eight works of fiction including >The Remains of River Names> and Virility Rituals of North American Teenage Boys. His first novel, Shoot the Buffalo, was a finalist for the 2006 Washington State Book Award and won the 2006 American Book Award. The Italian edition of The Remains of River Names was released last year by ad est dell’ equator (Napoli), and a new collection of prose is forthcoming from Dr. Cicero Books. His stories have appeared in The Chicago Review, Word Riot, Bull, Opium Magazine, Zyzyyva, and elsewhere. He’s online at http://www.suburgian.com.

MC—Pamela Denchfield

How to find RASP and VALA in Redmond Town Center

VALA Eastside

RASP events are held at VALA Eastside at Redmond Town Center, at 7525 166th Ave NE, Suite D140 (directions). That's on the east side of the building across the street from Macy's (in the old Bergman Luggage location; see RTC directory) between T-Mobile and Subway. "The space has nice wood floors, restrooms, [and] running water," said Dawn Laurant, VALA's executive director.

VALA stands for Venues for Artists in the Local Area. It is an artist-friendly place (and we all agree that poetry and writing are major arts) and offers more flexability that our previous location. VALA Eastside We thank the leaders, staff and volunteers at VALA for their generous support of RASP and for the use of their artist-centric location.

Be sure to read the article in the Redmond Reporter about RASP and VALA——"RASP to blend its written, spoken art with the visual arts."

Mark your calendars for these dates, Too!

Paul Barach, memoir, comedian—Friday, Nov. 17, 2017
Moved ahead one week due to Thanksgiving holiday
Signup starts at 6:30 PM; reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM

Paul Barach

Paul Barach, a writer, wanderer, and Seattle native, never learned to sit still. After graduating from Carleton College, he backpacked across Europe, taught English in South Korea, bicycled across the United States, walked the 750-mile Shikoku pilgrimage in Japan (and wrote Fighting Monks and Burning Mountains about it), and most recently completed hiking the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada. His two biggest accomplishments are earning his black belt in Kyokushin karate and falling into the La Brea tarpits only once.

MC—Michael Dylan Welch

Holiday Party Celebration—Friday, Dec. 8, 2017
Gathering starts at 6:30 PM; a special activity starts at 7:15 PM

If you don't have this on your calendar yet—now is the time to reserve the date. Don't book anything else. You'll have the best time as RASP starts your holiday season with joy and creativity.

Pamela Denchfield—Friday, Dec. 29, 2017
Signup starts at 6:30 PM; reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM

Pamela Denchfield

Pamela Denchfield came of age in a section-8 apartment on the banks of Cedar River. In this communal high-rise, she ate steamed rice and fish paste made by her adopted mom. Pamela now whips up vegan meals up the mountain from Snoqualmie River in Duvall, just east of Redmond. She serves on the board of RASP and does publicity for Duvall Poetry. The Cedar visits her often in her dreams. Her website is www.pameladenchfield.com.


Mary Dispenza—January 26, 2018
Signup starts at 6:30 PM; reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM

Rena Priest

Rena Priest—February 23, 2018
Signup starts at 6:30 PM; reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM

Rena Priest is a writer and performer. She is a Lummi tribal member and holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. She is active in efforts to strengthen community through participation in local arts and culture, and has taught subjects in comparative cultural studies, the humanities, and Native-American studies at Northwest Indian College, Fairhaven College, and Western Washington University. Her first collection of poetry, Patriarchy Blues, was published by MoonPath Press in June of 2017.

Sue Swanson—March 30, 2018

Laura Allen (poet, book artist)—April 27, 2018

May 25, 2018

Shelly Mauck (memoirist)—June 29, 2018

July 27, 2018

August 31, 2018

September 28, 2018

October 26, 2018

November 30, 2018

Holiday Party Celebration—December 7, 2018

December 28, 2018

Other events you will enjoy

SoulFood Poetry Night — Third Thursday of each month, 7:00 pm, SoulFood CoffeeHouse and Fair Trade Emporium, 15748 Redmond Way, Redmond, WA

Duvall Poetry — First Wednesday of each month, 7:00 pm, Duvall Library, 15508 Main St. NE, Duvall, WA

Poetry at the Rainbow Cafe — First Monday of each month, 7:00 pm, Rainbow Café, 112 E. Main St., Auburn, WA

Everett Poetry Nite — Every Thursday, 7:00 pm, Café Zippy, 2811 Wetmore Ave, Everett, WA