We're resuming our Zoom sessions for the monthly reading series

Due to concern about the safety of events, Centro Cultural Mexicano has stopped hosting in-person meetings, including RASP's month-end featured readings. For this reason, RASP is resuming using Zoom to meet and protect ourselves. Our open mic will continue online.

RASP events are free and do not require registration.

Join the monthly RASP Featured Reader and Open Mic Zoom meeting

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Joanna Thomas

Friday, January 28, 2022—Joanna Thomas (poet and visual artist)
Reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM (Pacific Time)
This will be a virtual gathering using ZOOM (see link and details above).

Joanna Thomas is both poet and visual artist, residing in the small university town of Ellensburg, Washington. Her poems have appeared in the journals Found Poetry Review, Petrichor, Otoliths, and Picture/Sentence, as well as several anthologies, including WA129: Poets of Washington. Her erasures, collages, and one-of-a-kind artist books have been exhibited in galleries across the nation. She likes to read her first drafts aloud to the dog, and when the dog says "no, no, no, you gotta sigh like a goose, honk like a duck, quack like a bunny," she revises.


Upcoming Readings and Events

Michael Quin Heavener

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

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,” the RASP anthology, Here, There, and Everywhere, and his poems were display as framed art at the VALA exhibit We Are Here. 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—TBD

Charlie Heinemann

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

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 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_m1SFd5yl8bDSh12TmZdl_dLX4JMGFbvK8.

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

Vikram Madan (poet and artist)

Friday, June 24, 2022—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 VikramMadan.com and follow him at @ArtByVikram.

MC—Michael Heavener

Friday, July 29, 2022—TBD

David Lasky

Friday, August 26, 2022—David Lasky (graphic novelist)

Currently, Seattle artist David Lasky is scheduled to read at our January session. David 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. David's website is www.laskycomics.com


Mary Lou Sanelli

Friday, September 30, 2022—Mary Lou Sanelli (essayist, memoirist)

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 www.marylousanelli.com.


Friday, October 28, 2022—TBD

Friday, November 18, 2022—TBD
Moved ahead one week to avoid Thanksgiving holiday

Friday, December 30, 2022—TBD