Poets in the Park 2019

Saturday, 20 July 2019, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm — FREE!

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

Environmental theme this year! The following performers are already confirmed (more to be announced):
  • Band of Poets — John Burgess, Anna Jenkins, Ted McMahon, Jed Myers, and Rosanne Olson
  • Fire and Water: Black Heron Press — Jerry Gold (MC), Sibyl James, Judith Roche, and Marilyn Stablein
  • Floating Bridge Press 25th Anniversary Reading — Jory Mickelson, Natasha Moni, Rena Priest, and Michael Schmeltzer (MC)
  • Footbridge Above the Falls: New Rose Alley Press anthology of Northwest poets — David Horowitz (MC), Ken Osborne, Douglas Schuder, and Kara Simon
  • For Love of Orcas anthology poets (a whale of a reading, Jill McCabe Johnson coordinating)
  • Garden of Poems by the late Madeline DeFrees (read by a group of readers, Anne McDuffie coordinating)
  • Greenwood Poets — Lyn Coffin, Sharon Cumberland, Mary Ellen Talley, and Carolyne Wright
  • Group reading to be announced (Tara Hardy coordinating)
  • Jack Straw Writers — Samar Abulhassan, Christianne Balk, and Sylvia Byrne Pollack
  • New Book Showcase — Christopher Luna, Jeffrey Morgan, Jed Myers, Tina Schumann, Holly L. Thomas, and other readers to be announced
  • Open-mic readings
  • Printed Matter Vancouver Poets — Tiffany Burba, Matthew Eiford-Schroeder, Toni Lumbrazo Luna, Christopher Luna (MC), and Jenney Pauer
  • Puget Sound Poetry Connection (Connie Walle and Carl Palmer coordinating)
  • Raven Chronicles poets — Phoebe Bosché (MC), Anna Bálint, Ann Batchelor Hursey, and Jeanne Morel
  • Washington Poetic Routes reading (coordinated by Claudia Castro Luna, Washington state poet laureate)
  • Art installations by Los Pajaros Gallery and VALA Arts (plus craft activities)
  • Environment-themed poetry workshops by Christianne Balk, Tara Hardy, Jeffrey Morgan, and Carolyne Wright
Poets in the Park in 2019 will once again feature groups and organizations, with 25-minute reading slots, this year mostly with an environmental theme. We also have 55-minute workshops, our book fair, vendors, open-mic readings, installations, ice cream, and more—and its all free! Scroll down to see the schedule. If you have questions, or have a group reading, workshop, or other activity to propose, please contact Michael Dylan Welch.

Enjoy poetry readings and performances on our Café and Picnic Shelter stagesworkshops 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 Arts), RASP poetry anthology poems on sticks, and more! And great summer weather too!

See the Facebook event [coming soon]. Tweet to #poetsinthepark.

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, 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, Poets in the Park 2017and Poets in the Park 2018—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 Redmonds 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.

2019 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.

Our schedule will be announced later.


Café Main Stage

Picnic Shelter Stage

Fullard Workshop Cabin


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


















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)
Chalk Art (by Pamela Denchfield)
Handmade Art (sponsored by VALA Arts)

Groups, Organizations, Vendors, and Sponsors

Brick and Mortar Books (Dan Ullom)
Haiku Northwest
Redmond Arts & Culture Commission
Redmond Association of Spokenword
Redmond Historical Society
Rose Alley Press
plus many more to be announced

Individuals (scheduled performers)

To be announced