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:

Positions are available:
Talk to us at any RASP event or

President:
Kara Simon
2017

Secretary:
Pamela Denchfield
2017

Treasurer:
Mike Meredith
2018


Vice President/Reading
Series Curator:

Michael Dylan Welch
2017

Members at large:
Emily Dietrich
2018
Michael Heavener
2018




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.