Coming This Month

Poets in the Park 2019
Celebrating the Land

Saturday, 20 July 2019, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm — FREE!
Anderson Park | 7802 168th Ave NE | Redmond, Washington
Environmental theme this year—see schedule on the Poets in the Park 2019 page


Joan Pasch

Friday, July 26, 2019—Joan Pasch

Joan Pasch began writing poetry at a summer poetry class taught with great enthusiasm by New York poet Bill Zavatsky. Later she joined a poetry class at the local senior center (although only 40), and she has written poetry off and on ever since, often on serious subjects. In the last six years she has self-published one book of poetry, The Abundance of Simplicity (2013), and three books of fiction.

MC—Laura Lee Bennett

Personal Story Writing for Fun, Family, Platform, or Profit

Poetry & Prose Circle, Redmond Library, July 9, 2019

Guest Facilitator: Katherine Kirkpatrick

Do you have a story you want to tell? Discovering who you are through writing is healing, liberating, and empowering. In this workshop you’ll be assigned short, simple exercises to spark your creativity, find your truth, and help shape your life experience into story. Time will be devoted to sharing of the participants’ work.

Come find your unique writer’s voice. No previous writing experience is necessary.

Katherine Kirkpatrick is a columnist at under the pen name Katrin Grace. She is also the author of eight books for older children and young adults, both fiction and nonfiction. Katherine lives in Seattle with her husband and their eighteen-year-old twins.

Download the Handout (July 9 Poetry & Prose.pdf)

Welcome Julie Brown to the RASP board of directors

Julie Brown is a longtime friend of RASP and a frequent reader at our monthly Open Mics. It's our pleasure to welcome Julie to our board, just in time to help us plan for Poets in the Park 2019. When you see Julie at our next reading, give her a handshake and big greeting.

RASP meets monthly at Los Pajaros Studio Gallery

    Los Pajaros Studio Gallery

Join us at Los Pajaros Studio Gallery 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. Los Pajaros Studio Gallery is operated by Centro Cultural Mexicano. Read more in the Redmond Reporter. For more information about upcoming exhibits, visit the gallery's website.

Upcoming Readings and Events

Friday, August 30, 2019—Jack Straw Writers, Dianne Aprile, Josh Axelrad, and Michael Schmeltzer

Dianne Aprile

Dianne Aprile has authored and edited nonfiction books, including collaborations with visual artists and galleries. She teaches creative nonfiction on the MFA faculty at Spalding University’s School of Creative and Professional Writing. She can be heard reading her essay “Silence” at NPR’s "'This I Believe" website, her poetry has appeared most recently in Raven Chronicles, and she’s a Hedgebrook alumna. Aprile was also part of a team at the Louisville Courier Journal that won a staff Pulitzer Prize.

Josh Axelrad

Josh Axelrad is a writer and performer from Seattle via New York via L.A. via Hays, Kansas. His memoir, Repeat Until Rich, was published by Penguin Press. A regular at The Moth, he’s hosted StorySlams, appeared on stage nationwide, and been featured on The Moth Radio Hour. Josh’s website is

Michael Schmeltzer

Michael Schmeltzer was born and raised in Japan. He coauthored the nonfiction book A Single Throat Opens, a lyric exploration of addiction and family. His debut book, Blood Song, was a Washington State Book Award finalist for poetry. He is a member of Seattle7Writers and currently serves as the president of Floating Bridge Press. Visit him at

MC—Michael Dylan Welch

Friday, September 27, 2019—Suzanne Warren (short stories)

Suzanne Warren
Photo Credit:
Melanie Masson

Suzanne Warren is a fiction writer and essayist whose work appears or is forthcoming in Narrative, Gulf Coast, The Cincinnati Review, Memorious, The Louisville Review, and Post Road, which selected her story "The Raspberry King" to appear in its Guest Folio. Her story "The Country of Husbands" won an Editor's Reprint Award from Sequestrum. Other writing awards include fellowships at the Jack Straw Cultural Center in Seattle, the Mineral School, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Warren lives in Seattle and is currently at work on her first book, a collection of short stories entitled The Country of Husbands.

MC—Michael Heavener

B. B. Ullman

Friday, October 25, 2019—B. B. Ullman (young adult fiction)

Born in Seattle, B. B. Ullman now resides in Duvall. She wrote The Fairies of Nutfolk Wood (nominated to four state awards for children’s literature) and Whistle Bright Magic (sequel to Nutfolk). Now it’s Bad Order, a middle-grade sci-fi story of four working-class kids, three holograph aliens, and two men in black. When negative thoughts threaten humanity, the biggest guns and smartest computers are useless. Here, hope lies in the strength of love. Visit Barb’s website at

MC—Pamela Denchfield

Friday, November 22, 2019—David Patneaude (young adult fiction)
Moved ahead to avoid Thanksgiving holiday weekend

MC—Michael Dylan Welch

Friday, December 6, 2019—Holiday Party

Friday, December 27, 2019—TBA


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