RASP was founded in 1997 to promote literary arts and activities in Redmond, Washington, and the surrounding area. We meet on the last Friday of each month at Centro Cultural Mexicano for a featured presentation and an open-mic reading, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (Pacific time). RASP also holds a monthly writing critique group via Zoom on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30 PM to 8:45 PM (Pacific time). All events are open to the public and usually free. Please join us!
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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. You do not need to register in advancewe want you just as you are.
The evening's program begins at 7:00 PM (Pacific Time).
Starting with the May 26 featured reading and open mic, RASP is moving to the Mi Casa gallery and meeting space, part of Centro Cultural Mexicano. The address is 7945 Gilman St. This is the same space we used to use, next to what was McDonald Books, now part of Mi Casa.
For more information about upcoming exhibits and Centro Cultural Mexicano, visit the gallery's website.
Several times each year, RASP schedules an Island Style Slam, in which short poems are created and then judged for originality. Peggy Barnett's award-winning 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 Big Reading, where readers had up to 10 minutes to read extended versions of their work.
Here are a few samples to entertain you:
RASP members support a variety of other open mics in East King County. We encourage you to attend and participate. Here are a sampling: