Celebrating RASP's 20th Anniversary

Coming This Month

Laurel Leigh, poet (from Bellingham)—Friday, January 27, 2017
Signup starts at 6:30 PM; reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM

Laurel Leigh

Laurel Leigh is currently squatting in Washington’s Whatcom County with a dog who eats a lot. To afford all the dog food, she hires out to edit projects for individuals and publishers, including Chronicle Books, BenBella Books, and Connected Dots Media. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Sun, Bloomsbury Review, and Borderlands. Several of her stories and essays have been published in Bellingham’s Clover, A Literary Rag, and her recent essay Nursey has received a Pushcart nomination. In 2013, she received a Mayor’s Award for the Arts. She cofounded the San Francisco-based Dogpatch Writers Collective and writes the Dear Writers blog at dearwriters.com/. More at www.LaurelLeighWriter.com.

MC—Michael Heavener

IMPORTANT: RASP and VALA are moving to new home in Redmond Town Center starting with our January 27, 2017 reading

VALA Eastside

RASP events are held at VALA Eastside at Redmond Town Center, at 7525 166th Ave NE, Suite D220 (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!


Danielle K. L. Gregoire, storyteller—Friday, February 24, 2017
Signup starts at 6:30 PM; reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM

Danielle K. L. Gregoire

Danielle K. L. Gregoire is the producer of the Seattle Moth storySLAM, the founder of the Comedy Womb, and started a storytelling show called “A Necessary Sadness” to help comedians deal with sorrow. She is a storyteller, comedian, and a spoken-word poet and has taught hundreds of workshops on finding your voice for children through the elderly. She has a special interest in stories of the struggles and joys of mental health and queerness, and spends her days parenting two precocious youngsters.


Von Thompson-Wynn and Wren Thompson-Wynn, poets—Friday, March 31, 2017
Signup starts at 6:30 PM; reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM

Von Thompson-Wynn and Wren Thompson-Wynn

Wren Anderson and Von Thompson live the poetic life in the beautiful Sky Valley. They have five children, who keep them exploring and examining the world in unique ways, and live with the Tribulation of Tabbies, their feline muses. Wren is an elementary school teacher and visual artist whose work can be found in private collections and galleries around Texas. Von works in corporate training. They also teach poetry both privately and through public classes and curate the monthly Duvall Poetry reading. They are both graduates of the Solstice MFA at Pine Manor College. You can find their work in three Solstice anthologies: Cantilever, Unmasking, and Calling Back the Sun. Von has also been featured in Uncommon Ground journal and on the Good Men Project.


TBA—Friday, April 28, 2017

Curtis Manley, childrens' books—Friday, May 26, 2017
Signup starts at 6:30 PM; reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM

Janet Wong, poet—Friday, June 30, 2017

Poets in the Park—Saturday, July 15, 2017
Join us for this awesome event at Redmond's Anderson Park

David Jacobson, children’s books, translation, and Dan D. Shafer, book design—Friday, July 28, 2017

TBA—Friday, Aug 25, 2017

Paul Barach, memoir, comedian—Friday, Sept 29, 2017
Signup starts at 6:30 PM; reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM

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

TBA—Friday, Nov. 17, 2017
Moved ahead one week due to Thanksgiving holiday

Holiday Party Celebration—Friday, Dec. 8, 2017

TBA—Friday, Dec. 29, 2017