What's an Open Mic?

It's your opportunity to share your work with a receptive audience.

Each month, we open up the podium to everyone to share 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 at each month's Reading Series.

What are the guidelines for the Open Mic?

Three minutes is approximately 1-1/3rd page

  • The Reading Series and Open Mic are open to all ages.
    • Bold work is encouraged but please respect public sensibilities—families with children will be present due to other activities and may peek in to see what RASP is.
  • Be open to new experiences.
  • Please limit your reading to about three (3) minutes. That's approximately 1-1/3rd pages single spaced (see sample at right). The MC may stop you if your piece is excessively long.
  • Please stay through the entire evening. Be supportive of and show respect for the other readers.

What time do you meet?

Sign-up begins at approximately 6:45 pm for the Open Mic and the evening's program begins at 7:00 pm.

When and where do you meet?

Bricks and Mortar Books

In July and August of 2018, RASP events will be held at Bricks and Mortar Books, at 7430 164th Ave NE Suite B105 (directions). That's on the west side of the north building (in peach on map), between Marriott Residence Inn and Gap Kids (downstairs from Guitar Center), across the street from Cow Chip Cookies and iPic Theaters; see RTC directory). RASP thanks Bricks and Mortar owner Dan Ulum for generously allowing us to use his location temporarily.

RASP is looking for a new permanent home. VALA is closing its current location at Redmond Town Center and no details are yet available on where the Art Gallery/Center will be relocated. Suggestions for a new location can be emailed to RASP at contact@raspread.com

What else happens?

Several times each year, RASP schedules an Island Style Slam, in which short poems are created and then judged for originality. Peggy Barnett's poem The Longest Word, published in the RASP Poetry Anthology, was written at the 2009 holiday party Island Style Slam.

Sometimes featured artists choose to perform in others ways; examples include readers who were accompanied by harp, guitar, or drum, and readers who used presentations. RASP has also hosted spoken works with more than one person reading.

In addition, RASP authors have read from their work at other venues throughout the Eastside. RASP encourages our members to participate in as many open mics and events as possible.

Occasionally, RASP experiments with different types of open mics. An example was our recent Big Reading, where readers had up to 10 minutes to read extended versions of their work.