RASP was founded in 1997 to promote literary arts and activities in Redmond, Washington, and the surrounding area. We meet on the last Friday of each month, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at VALA Eastside in Redmond Town Center7525 166th Ave NE, Suite D140 (directions). Open mic signup begins at 6:30 PM. RASP also holds a monthly writing critique group at the Redmond Regional Library on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30 PM to 8:45 PM. All events are free. Please join us!.
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.
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. 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."
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.
Allen Braden is the author of A Wreath of Down and Drops of Blood and Elegy in the Passive Voice. He has received fellowships from the NEA and Artist Trust. His poems recently appeared in The World Is Charged: Poetic Engagements with Gerard Manley Hopkins. A native of White Swan, Washington, he is the assistant poetry editor of Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments.
Curtis Manley is the author of the children's picture books The Crane Girl (an adaptation, with haiku, of a Japanese folktale; 2017), Shawn Loves Sharks (2017) and The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read (2016). He has been a geologist, a software performance engineer, and a technical writer. His poetry, flash fiction, nonfiction, and haiku have been published in local and national journals. Curtis grew up in Pennsylvania, moved across the country several times, and now lives on the Eastside with his wife, daughter, and a cat with no interest in learning to read. His website is www.curtismanley.com.
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Discuss and improve your poetry & prose! Bring 10 to 15 copies of your poem or story to our Poetry & Prose Circle. We'll gather to share our writing, then offer ideas for improvement. Take away a new perspective on your creative work.
Day: Second Tuesday of each month
Time: 6:30-8:45 PM
Admission: Free, no registration required
Place: Redmond Regional Library
Bring: Something written that you're willing to share and get feedback on. Bring paper copies for others to provide comments back to you.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
April Facilitator: Joannie Stangeland
Joannie Stangeland is the author of In Both Hands and Into the Rumored Spring from Ravenna Press, plus three chapbooks. Joannie has been a Jack Straw Writer, and her poems have also appeared or are forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Cimarron Review, The Southern Review, and other journals.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
RASP's Open Mic gives you the opportunity to share your work with a receptive audience.
Each month, we open up the microphone to everyone to share their poetry and prose with a receptive audience. You can also participate by relaxing and listening to the words of others.
If you have written something you would like to read, show up early and sign up for a time slot. Time slots are scheduled before and after the featured reader. Details and guidelines are at our Open Mic page.