Celebrating RASP's 20th Anniversary

Coming This Month

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. 15, 2017
Note: Date changed (was Dec. 8, opening night for the VALA Impact show)
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.

Mark your calendars for these dates, too!

Pamela Denchfield

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

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

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

Mary Dispenza is a former Catholic nun, educator and National Distinguished Principal. She is an activist for equal rights and for the protection of children, and the Northwest leader of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. Mary has been featured on KUOW, Public Radio, and KOMO and KING TV in Seattle. Mary’s articles and opinion pieces have appeared in CNN Opinion, The Seattle Times and The Los Angeles Times. Mary’s memoir, Split: A Child, A Priest, and the Catholic Church, was a two-time Kindle finalists. Mary lives with her spouse in Washington State.

Rena Priest—February 23, 2018
Rena Priest 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

Sheely 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

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."