Who we are

The Redmond Association of Spokenword was founded in January 1997 to promote written and spoken arts—poetry, fiction, drama, and nonfiction—in East King County through inclusive performance events and educational programming.

The RASP Reading Series features a published writer from the diverse Pacific Northwet literary community performing original work. The admission-free series is in its 19th year.

The RASP Open Mic is also free. We welcome poets, writers, spoken word performers, and artists-at-large of all ages in an honest, supportive, and unrestricted environment. The Poetry & Prose Circle offers writers a safe and nonthreatening place to discuss and share creative work, then offer ideas for improvement.

On August 26, 2013, RASP released our Poetry Anthology, titled Here, There, and Everywhere. It features 120 poems by 70 poets and was edited by Reading Series curator Michael Dylan Welch.

RASP has produced the Poets in the Park conference, the Write Out Loud! literary arts festival, the Eastside Young Authors Contest, numerous teen and adult writing workshops (haiku, fiction, poetry, performance arts). RASP also participates in Redmond and East King County civic and arts events.

RASP is a 501(c)3 arts organization.

Board of Directors
(Term runs through)

Series Curator:

Michael Dylan Welch

Vice President:

Pamela Denchfield
Michael Heavener

Members at large:
Darren Nordlie
Janka Hobbs
Positions are available on the RASP board:
Talk to us at any RASP event or

RASP bylaws

Tools, forms and signs, including the MC checklist

Look for the tools, forms and signs we use for our monthly readings, Poetry and Prose circles, and other events. We've also included RASP business cards, a pahge opf mailing labels, and our letterhead.

The MC (emcee) checklist, includes a few "must-dos", some "nice to haves," plus a little tribal knowledge (school of hard knocks, y'know), and the evening's schedule.