Celebrating RASP's 20th Anniversary

Coming This Month


Holiday Party Celebration—Friday, Dec. 15, 2017
Fill the VALA Gallery with laughter and cheer!
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.

Let us know you're coming by clicking here—

We have artist games (and games poets play) ready to enjoy. Bring your favorite snack or simple entree. We'll provide light beverages, unless you want to share your favorite spirit (we love to learn).

Bring your spouse, your significant other, your friends, your writing group members, and fill the place up. Wear something seasonal. The important thing is to Have A Good Time!

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.

MC—Laura Lee Bennett

Mark your calendars for these dates, too!

Featured readers for 2018

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
Signup starts at 6:30 PM; reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM

Sue Swanson

Sue Cochran Swanson is an educator and a writer who received her BA in history from Mt. Holyoke College. She taught secondary school social studies and served as the official historian of Westchester County, New York. Sue is the author of Between the Lines: Stories of Westchester County, N.Y. During the American Revolution; Westchester County, N.Y., A Pictorial History; Freedom of the Press: From Zenger to Rushdie; and a recently completed memoir, The Time of My Life.

Laura Allen Laura Allen

Laura Allen (poet, book artist)—April 27, 2018
Signup starts at 6:30 PM; reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM>

Laura Allen (formerly Laura Walton) is a visual artist, writer, and instructor. Laura’s visual art has been exhibited in numerous regional and national exhibitions, and her poetry has been featured in many journals, including Glitterpony, S/tick, and Pontoon. She recently published a chapbook of poetry and art, The Quiet Year, through Two Ponies Press. She lives with her husband and other assorted mammals in West Seattle, Washington.

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."