Poets in the Park 2018

Saturday, 7 July 2018, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm — FREE!

Anderson Park | 7802 168th Ave NE | Redmond, Washington

Featuring Claudia Castro Luna (Washington State poet laureate) and Melanie Noel (Redmond poet laureate) plus many others!

Poets in the Park in 2018 will once again feature groups and organizations, with 25-minute reading slots. We also have 55-minute workshops, our book fair, vendors, open-mic readings, and more—and it’s all free! Scroll down to see the schedule. If you have questions, please contact Michael Dylan Welch.

Enjoy poetry readings and performances on our Café and Picnic Shelter stages, workshops in our workshop cabin, and activities, installations, and vendors throughout the park, plus our poetry book fair (coordinated by Brick and Mortar Books, with no commission taken)—all FREE! Bring your own lunch to enjoy on the lawn or in our café area. Chalk poetry, hula hoops, Haiku on Sticks, art/craft activities for kids and adults (sponsored by VALA Art Center and Jim Teeters), RASP poetry anthology poems on sticks, and more! And great summer weather too!

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Tweet about the event to #poetsinthepark. We'll be live-tweeting pictures and thoughts throught the day.

See below for the schedule, individual and group participants, book fair information, and more.

Sponsored by the Redmond Arts & Culture Commission, the Redmond Association of Spokenword, Humanities Washington, ArtsWA/Washington State Arts Commission, and Poets & Writers, directed by Michael Dylan Welch. Additional thanks to all our volunteers.



Read about Poets in the Park 2014, Poets in the Park 2015, Poets in the Park 2016, and Poets in the Park 2017—photos, schedule, participants, vendors, and more.


Anderson Park is located at 7802 168th Avenue NE in Redmond, Washington—see map. You’ll find plenty of free street parking (come early to park closer to the event). You can also park in the church parking lot immediately to the east of the park (yes, this is okay). Additional parking available at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, about two blocks away at 16600 NE 80th Street in Redmond.

Book Fair

Our gratitude to Dan Ullom of Redmond’s new Brick and Mortar Books for facilitating our no-commission book fair, in the Adair cabin. Just bring your poetry-related publications to sell at the book fair, fill out the book fair inventory form (view or download PDF file—please do this before Saturday if you can), and enjoy the festival! Put a price list next to your publications, or mark each one with a price. Check in at the end of the day to pick up unsold books. You can purchase publications with cash, check, or credit card.

2018 Schedule

Don’t miss a moment of our many readings and performances at our Café and Picnic stages, and the Fullard Cabin. Come early to catch it all! Bring your own lunch. All sessions end five minutes before the next session. All events and activities are free.

The following schedule is subject to change.


Main Stage

Picnic Shelter Stage

Fullard Workshop Cabin


Welcome: Michael Dylan Welch
Open Mic (sign up at the side of the stage)


Redmond Association of Spokenword Reading — Kara Simon, MC:
Julie Deutcher, Rose Gamble, Janka Hobbs, Kevin O’Connor, and Ken Osborne


Claudia Castro Luna — Washington State poet laureate


Melanie Noel — Redmond poet laureate


Yakima Coffeehouse Poets:
Dotty Armstrong, Linda Brown, Rod Nelson, LeAnne Ries, Ed Stover (MC), and Joanna Thomas

MoonPath Press:

Glenna Cook, Risa Denenberg, Lorraine Ferra, Paul Fisher, David Hecker, and Brendan McBreen (MC)

Jeannine Hall Gailey:

“PR for Poets: How to Get Your Poetry Read”


Ice Cream Anthology:
Patty Kinney, Mary Ellen Talley, Julene Tripp Weaver (MC), and Michael Dylan Welch


Holly Hughes: “Walking into Words: A Mindful Saunter to Open Your Senses” (sauntering workshop around Anderson Park) — meet at the “Aurora and Diane” statue just south of the bookstore cabin


Jack Straw MUSIC:
Kristin Chambers, Vince Martinez, and Aaron Starkey

Open Mic — Kara Simon, MC

Patrick Dixon:

“Writing from Experience”


Jack Straw POETS—Present:
Jalayna Carter, Bryan Edenfield, and Natasha Moni

Rena Priest:
“The Center of All Beauty: Exploring the Poet’s Love Affair with Words and the World”


Jack Straw POETS—Past
(on the theme of Resilience)
Jeannine Hall Gailey, Anne McDuffie, Ann Teplick, and Katharine Whitcomb

56 Days of August: Poetry Postcards (reading, presentation and workshop)

Paul E. Nelson (MC), Ina Roy-Faderman, Joanna Thomas, and Matt Trease


Fisher Poets:
Patrick Dixon (MC), Sierra Golden, Holly Hughes, Jeff Stonehill, Brad Warren

Claudia Castro Luna:

“Harnessing the Power of Order: The List Poem”


Kitchen Sessions:
Dee Dee Chapman (MC), Rena Priest, Elizabeth Vignali


African-American Writers’ Alliance:
Katelyn Durst, Georgia S. McDade (MC), and Jaye Ware


Closing Words: Michael Dylan Welch

Thank you for attending Poets in the Park!


Haiku on Sticks (view poems by Haiku Northwest members)
Poetry on Sticks (view poems from the RASP poetry anthology, Here, There, and Everywhere)
Haiku Wall (poets from around the world)
Chalk Art (by Pamela Denchfield)
Etegami Postcard Art (sponsored by VALA Art Center)
My Goldfish Stole the Moon: Poetry Fun (sponsored by Jim Teeters, with book-making craft activities for kids)

Groups, Organizations, Vendors, and Sponsors

African-American Writers’ Alliance
Black Heron Press
Brick and Mortar Books (Dan Ullom)
56 Days of August: Poetry Postcard Poets
Fisher Poets
Haiku Northwest
Ice Cream Anthology Poets
Jack Straw Musicians
Jack Straw Poets
Kitchen Sessions Poets
MoonPath Press
My Goldfish Stole the Moon: Poetry Fun (Jim Teeters)
Poets & Writers
Redmond Arts & Culture Commission
Redmond Association of Spokenword
Redmond Historical Society
Rose Alley Press
VALA Art Center
Yakima Coffeehouse Poets

Individuals (scheduled performers)

Dotty Armstrong
Linda Brown
Jalayna Carter
Kristin Chambers
Dee Dee Chapman
Glenna Cook
Risa Denenberg
Julie Deutcher
Patrick Dixon
Katelyn Durst
Bryan Edenfield
Lorraine Ferra
Paul Fisher
Jeannine Hall Gailey
Rose Gamble
Sierra Golden


David Hecker
Janka Hobbs
Holly Hughes
Patty Kinney
Claudia Castro Luna
Vince Martinez
Brendan McBreen
Georgia S. McDade
Anne McDuffie
Natasha Moni
Rod Nelson
Paul E. Nelson
Melanie Noel
Kevin O’Connor
Ken Osborne
Rena Priest


>LeAnne Ries
Ina Roy-Faderman
Kara Simon
Aaron Starkey
Jeff Stonehill
Ed Stover
Mary Ellen Talley
Ann Teplick
Joanna Thomas
Matt Trease
Elizabeth Vignali
Jaye Ware
Brad Warren
Julene Tripp Weaver
Michael Dylan Welch
Katharine Whitcomb


Laura Lee Bennett (volunteer coordinator)
Julie Brown
Pamela Denchfield
Julie Deutscher
Dianne Garcia
John Gustaveson
Michael Heavener
Janka Hobbs
Kavya Jade
Marko Coady
Curtis Manley
Hank Myers
Bette Osman
Bruce Robertson
Kara Simon
Dan Ullom
Michael Dylan Welch
and others!


Michael Dylan Welch started the Poets in the Park conference in 2004, and the first two conferences were held at Marymoor Park’s Clise Mansion in Redmond, Washington, sponsored by the Redmond Association of Spokenword. These well-attended events took place in April of 2004 and March of 2005. The 2014 revival of this event took place at Redmond’s Anderson Park, cosponsored by the City of Redmond and the Redmond Association of Spokenword, as more of a social and poetry reading/performance festival, with fewer workshops. Bring a blanket and picnic lunch to enjoy on the park lawns while listening to poetry at the next Poets in the Park!

See archived websites for the 2004 and 2005 Poets in the Park conferences. See Seattle Post-Intelligencer story about the 2004 conference.