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?

We meet on the last Friday of each month at Redmond Heights Senior Living. The address Redmond Heights Senior Center is 7950 Willows Rd, Redmond, WA 98052, at the intersection of Redmond Way and Willows Road. From downtown Redmond—turn right from Redmond Way almost immediately after you cross the bridge over the slough and then drive until you see the building with the large columns in front. From Kirkland—turn left onto Willows Road and go about a quarter mile. Then turn right into the driveway and head to the columns. Plenty of free parking. For directions and Google map, click here, or look at the Redmond Heights website.

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.