Poets in the Park 2014

Poets in the Park 2014

Saturday, 19 July 2014, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

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

Enjoy poetry readings, activities, and vendors at our Café and Picnic stages, poetry book fair (coordinated by Parkplace Books), workshops, and more—all FREE! Enjoy your picnic lunch on the lawn or in our café area or picnic shelter. Espresso and pastry sales provided by Motofish Coffee (free coffee if you write them a haiku they can publish). Ice cream sales provided by Chillz. Poetry labyrinth, Haiku on Sticks, Haiku Kite installation, make your own weathergrams, RASP poetry anthology poems on sticks, and more!

Sponsored by the Redmond Arts & Culture Commission and the Redmond Association of Spokenword,
directed by Michael Dylan Welch, Redmond poet laureate.


Poets in the Park 2014 Photos

Saturday, 19 July 2014, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm


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.

2014 Schedule

Don’t miss a moment of our many readings and performances. Come early to catch it all! Bring your picnic lunch to enjoy on the lawn or at our Café or Picnic stages.


Café Stage

Picnic Stage

Fullard Cabin (workshops)

11:00 am

Redmond Association of Spokenword: Peggy Barnett, Katherine Grace Bond, Dennis Caswell, Pamela Denchfield, Dawn-Marie Oliver, Ken Osborne, Michael Schein, Adora Svitak; Laura Lee Bennett, coordinator, reading from Here, There, and Everywhere anthology



11:30 am

12:00 noon

Redmond Poets Laureate: Rebecca Meredith, Jeannine Hall Gailey, Michael Dylan Welch



12:30 pm

Elizabeth Austen (Washington State Poet Laureate)



1:00 pm

Northwest Institute of Literary Arts: Mary Hake, Jackie Haskins, Leonie Mikele, Samantha Updegrave; Carolyne Wright, coordinator

Kelli Russell Agodon

Jared Leising: “Finding Your Path to Poetry” (found poetry)

1:20 pm

Haiku Northwest: Roy Kindelberger, Tanya McDonald, Michelle Schaefer, Judt Shrode, Carmen Sterba, Angela Terry, Richard Tice, and Michael Dylan Welch, reading from No Longer Strangers: Haiku Northwest 25th Anniversary Anthology

2:00 pm

Teen Open-Mic: Adora Svitak, MC (sign up at the RASP tent; names will be drawn randomly)

Greenwood Poets: Carolyne Wright, Lyn Coffin, Mary Baylor

Michael Dylan Welch: “Haiku Targets”

2:30 pm

3:00 pm

Cowboy Poets: Clark Crouch, Del Gustafson, Lynn Kopelke

Black Heron Press: Jerome Gold, Judith Roche

Kelli Russell Agodon: “Being a Daily Poet”

3:40 pm

Jared Leising

4:00 pm

Rose Alley Press: Victoria Ford, Donald Kentop, Douglas Schuder, Michael Spence, Joannie Stangeland; David Horowitz, coordinator

MoonPath Press: Jennifer Bullis, Raul Sanchez, Tim Sherry

Michael Schein: “Letting Your Muse Find You”

4:30 pm

5:00 pm

Closing Poem




Haiku Kite (add a haiku to the kite's tail)
Haiku on Sticks (view poems by Haiku Northwest members)
Poetry Labyrinth (walk the labyrinth and decorate it with lines of your poetry)
RASP on Sticks (view poems from the RASP poetry anthology, Here, There, and Everywhere)
Weathergrams (make poem strips to hang on trees and bushes)

Groups and Organizations:

Black Heron Press
Cowboy Poets
Greenwood Poets
Haiku Northwest
MoonPath Press
Northwest Institute of Literary Arts MFA Program
Parkplace Books (book fair coordinators)
Redmond Arts & Culture Commission
Redmond Association of Spokenword
Rose Alley Press
Two Sylvias Press


Elizabeth Austen (Washington State Poet Laureate)
Kelli Russell Agodon
Peggy Barnett
Mary Baylor
Laura Lee Bennett
Katherine Grace Bond
Jennifer Bullis
Dennis Caswell
Lyn Coffin
Clark Crouch
Gaul Culley
Pamela Denchfield
Victoria Ford
Jeannine Hall Gailey
Jerome Gold
Del Gustafson
Mary Hake
Jackie Haskins
David Horowitz
Donald Kentop
Roy Kindelberger
Lynn Kopelke
Jared Leising
Tanya McDonald
Rebecca Meredith
Leonie Mikele
Dawn-Marie Oliver
Ken Osborne
Judith Roche
Raul Sanchez
Michelle Schaefer
Michael Schein
Douglas Schuder
Tim Sherry
Judt Shrode
Michael Spence
Joannie Stangeland
Carmen Sterba
Adora Svitak
Megan Tanner
Angela Terry
Richard Tice
Samantha Updegrave
Michael Dylan Welch
Carolyne Wright
and more! 


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. These well-attended events took place in April of 2004 and March of 2005. The 2014 revival of this event took place at Redmonds Anderson Park, cosponsored by the City of Redmond and the Redmond Association of Spokenword, as more of a social and poetry reading/performance event, 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!

Poets in the Park is one of Michaels proposed duties as the 2013–2014  and 2014–2015 poet laureate of the city of Redmond.

See archived websites for the 2004 and 2005 Poets in the Park conferences.