Poets in the Park

Poets in the Park 2015

Saturday, 20 June 2015, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm — FREE!

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

Enjoy poetry readings, activities, and vendors at our Café and Picnic stages, and on the King County Metro Poetry Bus, plus our poetry book fair (coordinated by Parkplace Books, with no commission taken), workshops, and more—all FREE! Bring a potluck dish for a free poetry book, and enjoy your lunch on the lawn or in our café area. Poetry putt-putt (mini-golf), chalk poetry, hula hoops, Haiku on Sticks, make your own weathergrams, RASP poetry anthology poems on sticks, and more!

See the Facebook invite. Tweet to #poetsinthepark.

See below for the schedule, individual and group participants, book fair and potluck information, and more. If you have questions, please contact Michael Dylan Welch.       +

Sponsored by the Redmond Arts & Culture Commission and the Redmond Association of Spokenword, with support from 4Culture and Poets & Writers, Inc., directed by Michael Dylan Welch, Redmond poet laureate. Additional thanks to Parkplace Books, Redmond Kiwanis and Sammamish Kiwanis, and all our volunteers, especially stage managers Michael Heavener, Courtney Hudak, and Kara Simon.


Read about Poets in the Park 2014—photos, schedule, participants, and more.

Poets in the Park 2015 Photos

Saturday, 20 June 2015, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Also see this photo album on Picasa.


Anderson Park is located at 7802 168th Avenue NE in Redmond, Washington. You’ll find plenty of free street parking (come early to park closer to the event). Additional parking available at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, about two blocks away at 16600 NE 80th Street in Redmond.

Poetry Potluck

Bring a potluck dish to share with others! All participants receive a free poetry book. Please bring your hot or cold dish, snack, dessert, or drink by 11:30 am (preferred). We’ll supply all the plates, forks, and hungry poets, but please bring a serving utensil if needed (mark your utensils and dishes with your name). No food trucks will be at Poets in the Park this year, so bring your own lunch or a potluck dish to share.

Book Fair

Our gratitude to Rebecca Willow and Parkplace 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.

Poetry Bookswap

Bring a book, chapbook, or magazine of poetry and swap it for a new one. A great way to discover new poets! Coordinated by Faith Allington.

2015 Schedule

Don’t miss a moment of our many readings and performances at our Café and Picnic stages, the Fullard Cabin, and on the King Country Metro poetry bus. Come early to catch it all! Contribute a lunchtime potluck dish to receive a free poetry book. All sessions end five minutes before the next session. All events and activities are free.


Café Stage

Picnic Stage

Poetry Bus

Fullard Cabin

11:00 am

Open Mic Reading
(sign up at the front of the stage; names will be drawn at random)

Pongo Teen Writing: Maia Bachman, Angel Gardner, Eli Hastings, Gemlene Schaudies, Ashley Skartvedt, Ann Teplick, and Carol Thompson

Egress Studio Press: James Bertolino, Anita K. Boyle, Sibyl James, David Ossman, and Richard Widerkehr

Poetry Northwest: Matt Kelsey and Matt Muth, plus poems from past issues

11:50 am

Potluck Break (bring a dish for a free poetry book)

12:15 pm

Band of Poets: John Burgess, Jed Myers, Alina Rios, and David Thornbrugh

Cascadia Anthology: Lyn Coffin, Risa Denenberg, Jered Leising, Matt Muth, Michael Schein

Stealing Light: A Raven Chronicles Anthology: Phoebe Bosche, Larry Laurence, Arthur Tulee, and Carletta Carrington Wilson

Black Heron Press: Jerry Gold, Sibyl James, and Judith Roche

1:00 pm

Suitcases Revisited: Lela Besom, Sheri Brown, Christopher Jarmick, Joan Laage, David Thornbrugh, and Helen Thorsen, with music by Band of Poets

Potluck Break

Potluck Break

Potluck Break

1:30 pm

Karen Finneyfrock

2:00 pm

Cowboy Poets: Clark Crouch, Del Gustafson, Lynn Kopelke, and Michael Whitaker

Jack Straw Writers: Bill Carty, Jeannine Hall Gailey, Jourdan Keith, and Raul Sanchez

Rose Alley Press: Robinson Bolkum, David Horowitz, Christopher Jarmick, Kristen McHenry, and Amy Schrader

Michael Dylan Welch [writing workshop]: “Rengay Riot: Writing Collaborative Poetry”

3:00 pm

Raising Lily Ledbetter Anthology: Kathya Alexander, Lyn Coffin, Laura Da’, Kristen McHenry, Judith Roche, Martha Silano, Eugenia Toledo, Carolyne Wright, and Sarah Zale

Puget Sound Poetry Connection: Glenna Cook, Jo Forbes, Michael McGee, and Connie Walle

MoonPath Press: Marci Ameluxen, Jim Bertolino, Ronda Broatch, Joseph Green, Cindy Hutchings, Jill Johnson, Carol Levin, and Raul Sanchez

Elijah Mu’ied [writing workshop]:Soul Shop: Confessing Yourself in Poetry

3:30 pm

Cascadia College Poetry Students: Brandon Alexander, Becca Bramwell, Jacob Espy, and Lydia Teegan, with Jared Leising

4:00 pm

Poetic Sensory Walk in Urban Nature, led by Kim Dietz—meet at the “Aurora and Diane” statue just south of the bookstore cabin

4:00 pm

Two Sylvias Press: Kelli Russell Agodon, Natasha Kochicheril Moni, Michelle Peñaloza, and Martha Silano

Farmer Poets: Allen Braden, Carmen Germaine, and Paul Hunter

Seattle Poets Society: Paul Diamond Blow, Sir Mark Bruback, Asley DeFelice, Susan Hawke, Ghandi Jones, Purple Mark, and Sirens Ross

LiTFUSE: Irene Bloom, Catalina Cantu, Cate Gable, Mary Lynn Evans, Guy Holliday, Ann B. Hursey, Priscilla Long, Kathy Paul, Michael Schein, and Joannie Stangeland

5:00 pm

Crab Creek Review: Therese Clear, Jenifer Browne Lawrence, Michael Schmeltzer, and Ann Teplick

Classic Rhymed Poetry Recitations: Jake Esau, character actor, with dramatic recitations of “The Cremation of Sam McGee,” “The Highwayman,” “Casey at the Bat,” and “Gunga Din.”

Northwest Institute of Literary Arts Six-Pack of Poets (NILA/Whidbey MFA students): Kelly Davio, Leone Fogle, Mary Hake, Maria Hartung, Robert Hofmann, and Margo Lauritzen

Jim Bertolino [writing workshop]: “Writing Poems that Ascend”

5:30 pm

Lone Wolf Reading: Arlene Kim, Jared Leising, and Elijah Mu’ied

Striped Water Poets: Ann MacKenzie, Brendan McBreen, James Rodgers, and Jim Teeters

6:00 pm

Thank you for attending Poets in the Park!


Haiku on Sticks (view poems by Haiku Northwest members)
Poetry Putt-Putt (mini golf, sponsored by Kiwanis)
RASP on Sticks (view poems from the RASP poetry anthology, Here, There, and Everywhere)
Weathergrams (make poem strips to hang on trees and bushes, sponsored by Haiku Northwest)
Art Activities (sponsored by VALA Art Center)

Groups and Organizations

Band of Poets
Black Heron Press
Cascadia Anthology
Cascadia College Poetry Students
City of Redmond Arts and Culture Commission
Cowboy Poets
Crab Creek Review
Egress Studio Press
Farmer Poets
Haiku Northwest
Jack Straw Writers
King County Metro
MoonPath Press
Northwest Institute of Literary Arts
Parkplace Books
Poetry Northwest
Pongo Teen Writing
Puget Sound Poetry Connection
Raising Lily Ledbetter Anthology
Raven Chronicles
Redmond Association of Spokenword
Rose Alley Press
Seattle Poets Society
Striped Water Poets
Suitcases Revisited
Two Sylvias Press
VALA Art Center

Individuals (at least 110 scheduled performers)

Kelli Russell Agodon
Brandon Alexander
Kathya Alexander
Marci Ameluxen
Maia Bachman
James Bertolino
Lela Besom
Irene Bloom
Paul Diamond Blow
Robinson Bolkum
Phoebe Bosche
Anita K. Boyle
Allen Braden
Becca Bramwell
Ronda Broatch
Sheri Brown
Sir Mark Bruback
John Burgess
Jacqui Calladine
Catalina Cantu
Bill Carty
Therese Clear
Lyn Coffin
Glenna Cook
Clark Crouch
Laura Da’
Kelly Davio
Asley DeFelice
Risa Denenberg
Kim Dietz
Jake Esau
Jacob Espy
Mary Lynn Evans
Karen Finneyfrock
Leone Fogle
Jo Forbes
Cate Gable
Jeannine Hall Gailey
Angel Gardner
Carmen Germaine
Jerry Gold
Joseph Green
Del Gustafson
Mary Hake
Maria Hartung
Eli Hastings
Susan Hawke
Robert Hofmann
Guy Holliday
David Horowitz
Paul Hunter
Ann B. Hursey
Cindy Hutchings
Sibyl James
Christopher Jarmick
Jill Johnson
Ghandi Jones
Jourdan Keith
Matt Kelsey
Arlene Kim
Lynn Kopelke
Joan Laage
Larry Laurence
Margo Lauritzen
Jenifer Browne Lawrence
Jered Leising
Carol Levin
Priscilla Long
Ann MacKenzie
Anna Macrae
Purple Mark
Brendan McBreen
Michael McGee
Kristen McHenry
Natasha Kochicheril Moni
Elijah Mu’ied
Matt Muth
Jed Myers
David Ossman
Kathy Paul
Michelle Peñaloza
Alina Rios
Judith Roche
James Rodgers
Sirens Ross
Raul Sanchez
Gemlene Schaudies
Michael Schein
Michael Schmeltzer
Amy Schrader
Martha Silano
Ashley Skartvedt
Joannie Stangeland
Lydia Teegan
Jim Teeters
Ann Teplick
Carol Thompson
David Thornbrugh
Helen Thorsen
Eugenia Toledo
Arthur Tulee
Connie Walle
Michael Dylan Welch
Michael Whitaker
Richard Widerkehr
Carletta Carrington Wilson
Carolyne Wright
Sarah Zale
and more!