Poets in the Park 2016

Poets in the Park 2016

Saturday, 25 June 2016, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm — FREE!

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

Join us for Poets in the Park! Readings this year again feature groups and organizations, but with readings shortened to 25-minute slots. We also have 55-minute workshops, our book fair, vendors open-mic readings, and more—and its all free! If you have questions, 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 Rebecca Willow, with no commission taken)—all FREE! Bring your own lunch to enjoy on the lawn or in our café area. Poetry putt-putt (mini-golf), chalk poetry, hula hoops, Haiku on Sticks, poetry walk, art/craft activities for kids and adults (sponsored by VALA Art Center and Jim Teeters), 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 information, and more.

Sponsored by the Redmond Arts & Culture Commission and the Redmond Association of Spokenword, directed by Michael Dylan Welch. Additional thanks to Rebecca Willow, Sammamish Kiwanis, Redmond Kiwanis, and all our volunteers.


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

Poets in the Park 2016 Photos

See what Poets in the Park was like! These photos, by Michael Dylan Welch, are from Saturday, 25 June 2016, 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). 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 Rebecca Willow 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.

2016 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.


Café Stage

Picnic Shelter Stage

Fullard Workshop Cabin


Welcome: Michael Dylan Welch

Redmond Association of Spokenword: Rebecca Meredith, MC, with Pamela Denchfield, Elizabeth Carroll Hayden, Jeannine Hall Gailey, and Ken Osborne

Vendors (all day)

Volunteer Check-in


Striped Water: Brendan McBreen, MC, with Robert Hassleblad, Cindy Hutchings, Ann MacKenzie, and Jim Teeters




Poetry Lunch—Rose Alley Press: David Horowitz, MC, with Victoria Ford and Joannie Stangeland




Redmond Poet Laureate: Shin Yu Pai


Band of Poets: John Burgess, Jed Myers, Jonas Myers, and Erin Slomski-Pritz


“I Am Not Cursed”—Persephone Retold: Performed by the Olympic Story Company: Laura Lee Bennett, Elizabeth Carroll Hayden, and Chi Chi Stewart


David Horowitz Workshop (2:00 pm): “Improve Your Rhyming, or How to Avoid the Moon/June, True/Blue Syndrome”


MoonPath Press: Christopher Jarmick, MC, with Joe Green, Laura LeHew, and Amy MacLennan



World Poetry: Raul Sanchez, MC, with Nora Giron-Dolce and Faiza Sultan


Mike Hickey Workshop: “The Red Roof: Exercises in Poetic Surrealism” (Q: How many surrealists does it take to screw in a light bulb? A: A fish.)


Poets Against Hate, presented by Raven Chronicles and It’s About Time Reading Series: Esther Helfgott, MC, with Larry Crist, Angelica Guillian, Mitra Lofi Shemirani, Jacqueline Ware, and two youth readers, Zalia Cook and Bridget Yule



Elegies: Remembering, Healing, Honoring: Priscilla Long, MC, with Bethany Reid and John Wright

Dead Poets Open-Mic Reading: Read a poem by a dead poet

Christopher Luna Workshop: “Truth and Beauty in the Everyday”


Noisy Water (Bellingham poetry anthology): Luther Allen, MC, with Paul Fisher, J.I. Kleinberg, Rena Priest, and Matthew Brouwer



StringTown: Polly Buckingham, MC, with Bethany Reid and Robert McNamara


Jeannine Hall Gailey Workshop: “When Poetry Is Not Memoir: Writing Persona Poetry” (Superhero? Evil queen? Dragon? Who are you?)


Jack Straw Writers: EJ Koh, Robert Lashley, and Alison Stagner



Closing Words: Michael Dylan Welch

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

Groups and Organizations

Band of Poets
Black Heron Press
City of Redmond
Haiku Northwest
Jack Straw Writers
MoonPath Press
PageBoy Magazine
Raven Chronicles
Redmond Association of Spokenword
Redmond Historical Society
Rose Alley Press
Striped Water Poets
VALA Art Center
and more!

Individuals (scheduled performers)

Luther Allen
Laura Lee Bennett
Matthew Brouwer
Polly Buckingham
John Burgess
Zalia Cook
Larry Crist
Pamela Denchfield
Paul Fisher
Victoria Ford
Jeannine Hall Gailey
Nora Giron-Dolce
Joe Green
Angelica Guillian
Robert Hassleblad
Elizabeth Carroll Hayden
Esther Helfgott

Mike Hickey
David Horowitz
Cindy Hutchings
Chris Jarmick
J. I. Kleinberg
EJ Koh
Robert Lashley
Laura LeHew
Priscilla Long
Christopher Luna
Ann MacKenzie
Amy MacLennan
Brendan McBreen
Robert McNamara
Rebecca Meredith
Jed Myers
Jonas Myers

Ken Osborne
Shin Yu Pai
Rena Priest
Bethany Reid
Raul Sanchez
Mitra Lofi Shemirani
Erin Slomski-Pritz
Alison Stagner
Joannie Stangeland
Chi Chi Stewart
Faiza Sultan
Jim Teeters
Jacqueline Ware
Michael Dylan Welch
John Wright
Bridget Yule