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

RASP has returned to in-person gatherings at Centro Cultural Mexicano.

Masks will be required except when you are reading in the open mic portion of the program and we appreciate your willingness to be safe with us.

As of October 25, King County mandates proof of vaccination for entertainment locations and public spaces, We will ask to see your vaccination card or a photo of it, or proof of a COVID test within the past 72 hours. We apologize for this inconvenience and thank you for your compliance.

Friday, December 10, 2021—
Holiday Paaaaaarty!
Join us at 7:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Ugly sweater and santa hat

Wear your Santa hats and ugly sweaters.

Bring your creative spirit, and be prepared to win the Island Style Slam!

Other details will be coming.

Centro Cultural Mexicano

Centro Cultural Mexicano

Join us at Centro Cultural Mexicano at 7945 Gilman St. in Redmond, between McDonalds Books and Redmond Vacuum, two doors down from Victor's Coffee. Click here for the map and directions. For more information about upcoming exhibits, visit the gallery's website.

Upcoming Readings and Events

Reading Series for 2022

Friday, January 28, 2022—David Lasky (graphic novelist)
David Lasky

Seattle artist 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.


Friday, February 25, 2022—Michael Heavener (poet, storyteller)

Michael Quin Heavener

Michael Heavener writes anecdotal and humorous poetry and stories as a way to keep himself grounded to his roots in Washington, love of history, trains, and adventures. Michael is RASP’s treasurer and webmaster. He’s been published in Raven Chronicles’ “Humor, Humor, Humor,” Crosswalk’s “Praise Reports,” and the RASP anthology, Here, There, and Everywhere. When he retires, Michael is planning a chapbook of “it might have been” poems about Biblical people who were mentioned once or twice in scriptures as minor supportive roles.

MC—Janka Hobbs

Friday, March 25, 2022—Mary Lou Sanelli (essayist, memoirist)

Mary Lou Sanelli

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, April 22, 2022—Charlie Heinemann (songwriter, poet)
Moved ahead one week to avoid remodeling at Centro Cultural Mexicano

Charlie Heinemann
Charlie Heinemann is a long-time songwriter and performer around the Seattle area. He has performed with his own band and as a member of the Ugly Cousin Brothers and MFC. His song, “LA is Totally Awesome,” won the inaugural Songwriters of Seattle song contest, and he has produced numerous EPs of original material. He also writes poetry, for which he won an award while a graduate student at Baylor University. When not songwriting, Charlie is a software product manager and cofounder of multiple startups. See a YouTube playlist at

In his presentation, “Bringing Poetry to Pop,” Charlie will discuss the process of writing lyrics for the pop-song format, outlining considerations and methods when pairing lyrics with chord structures and melodies, and using his own work and the works of others as examples.


Friday, May 27, 2022—TBD

Friday, June 24, 2022—Vikram Madan (poet and artist)

Vikram Madan (poet and artist)

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