Poets in the Park 2021 on Zoom
Celebrating Travel

For various reasons, we need to POSTPONE Poets in the Park. Instead of happening on June 5 and 6, were looking at replacement Zoom dates in August 2021, and will update information here as soon as a new date is confirmed. Accordingly, please expect changes to the following list of readers and the schedule. Thank you for your patience.

Saturday, June 5, 2021 (readings and performances), 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
Sunday, June 6, 2021 (workshops), 9:00 am to 5:00 pm — all FREE!
Plus evening extras!

Our 2021 festival, with a theme of travel, will be via Zoom, with a full day of readings and performances on Saturday and workshops on Sunday, all free, but with registration required.

See below for the full schedule, individual and group participants, and more.
Here are our highlights:
  • Natalie Goldberg, Kelli Russell Agodon, Susan Alexander, Tiel Ansha Ansari, Chaun Ballard, Allen Braden, Terry Ann Carter, Don Colburn, Angela Decker, Elizabeth Jacobson, Amy Miller, Barbara Pelman, Raul Sanchez, Daniel Scott, Heidi Seaborn, Derek Sheffield, Linda K. Thompson, John Sibley Williams, Lucien Zell, and more
  • Poetry readings by Terrain magazine, Jack Straw Poets, Prague poets, Oregon poets, British Columbia poets, Washington state and Redmond poets laureate
  • New book showcase readings
  • Open-mic readings
  • Four 90-minute generative poetry writing workshops by Janée J. Baugher, Claudia Castro Luna, and more (all free)
After a pandemic haitus in 2020, Poets in the Park in 2021 will once again feature groups and organizations, mostly with 50-minute reading slots, this year often with a travel theme. On Sunday we will also have 90-minute workshops—all free! Scroll down to see the schedule. If you have questions, please contact Michael Dylan Welch.

Click here to register (so you can receive the Zoom links)

Sponsored by the Redmond Arts & Culture Commission and the Redmond Association of Spokenword, directed by Michael Dylan Welch. This event is supported in part by Poets & Writers. Additional thanks to all our volunteers.


2021 Schedule

All our events will be on Zoom this year, only one event at a time, so you won’t need to choose between various performance stages. Were also moving all the workshops to the Sunday. Most Saturday event are slated to end five or ten minutes before the next event, allowing breaks between nearly all events.

Saturday, June 5: Readings/Performances

9:00 Welcome by Michael Dylan Welch

9:05 Jack Straw Poets
Abi Pollokoff and Kristie Song

9:30 New Book Showcase
Kelli Russell Agodon: Dialogues with Rising Tides (Copper Canyon)
Heidi Seaborn: An Insomniac’s Slumber Party with Marilyn Monroe and Bite Marks
[to be announced]

10:00 Terrain Magazine
Derek Sheffield, Chaun Ballard, Allen Braden, and Elizabeth Jacobson

11:00 Prague Poets
Lucien Zell and others to be announced

12:00 Lunch Break (informal open-mic reading)

1:00 Natalie Goldberg — Three Simple Lines, a memoir about Japan and haiku poetry (by the author of Writing Down the Bones)

2:00 To be announced
[poets to be announced]

3:00 Oregon Poets
Tiel Ansha Ansari, Don Colburn, Angela Decker, Amy Miller, and John Sibley Williams

4:00 British Columbia Poets: The Island Five
Susan Alexander, Terry Ann Carter, Barbara Pelman, Daniel Scott, and Linda K. Thompson

5:00 Raul Sanchez (Redmond poet laureate)

5:30 Dinner Break

7:00 Open-mic Reading

Sunday, June 6: Poetry Workshops (all free)

Workshops by Janée J. Baugher, Claudia Castro Luna, and two more to be announced, to be assigned to the following times:

9:00 – 10:30
11:00 – 12:30
1:30 – 3:00
3:30 – 5:00

7:00                     Open-mic Reading

Groups, Organizations, and Sponsors

Centro Cultural Mexicano
City of Redmond
Jack Straw Poets
Poets & Writers
Redmond Arts & Culture Commission
Redmond Association of Spokenword
Terrain Magazine

Individual Poets

Kelli Russell Agodon
Susan Alexander
Tiel Ansha Ansari
Chaun Ballard
Allen Braden
Terry Ann Carter
Don Colburn
Angela Decker
Natalie Goldberg
Elizabeth Jacobson
Amy Miller
Barbara Pelman
Abi Pollokoff
Raul Sanchez
Daniel Scott
Heidi Seaborn
Derek Sheffield
Kristie Song
Linda K. Thompson
John Sibley Williams
Lucien Zell
and more