Poets in the Park 2018

Saturday, 7 July 2018, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm — FREE!

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

Featuring Claudia Castro Luna (Washington State poet laureate)
and Melanie Noel (Redmond poet laureate) plus many others!

Poets in the Park in 2018 will once again feature groups and organizations, with 25-minute reading slots. We also have 55-minute workshops, our book fair, vendors, open-mic readings, and more—and its all free! Scroll down to see the schedule. 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 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 Art Center and Jim Teeters), RASP poetry anthology poems on sticks, and more! And great summer weather too!

See the Facebook event. 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, Humanities Washington, ArtsWA/Washington State Arts Commission, and Poets & Writersdirected 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, and Poets in the Park 2017—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 new 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.

2018 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 Main Stage

Picnic Shelter Stage

Fullard Workshop Cabin


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


Redmond Association of Spokenword Reading — Kara Simon, MC:
Julie Deutscher, Rose Gamble, Janka Hobbs, Kevin O’Connor, and Ken Osborne


Claudia Castro Luna — Washington State poet laureate


Melanie Noel — Redmond poet laureate


Yakima Coffeehouse Poets:
Dotty Armstrong, Linda Brown, Rod Nelson, LeAnne Ries, Ed Stover (MC), and Joanna Thomas

MoonPath Press:

Risa Denenberg, Lorraine Ferra, Brendan McBreen (MC), and James Rodgers

Jeannine Hall Gailey:

“PR for Poets: How to Get Your Poetry Read”


Ice Cream Anthology:
Patty Kinney, Mary Ellen Talley, Julene Tripp Weaver (MC), and Michael Dylan Welch


Holly Hughes: “Walking into Words: A Mindful Saunter to Open Your Senses” (sauntering workshop around Anderson Park) — meet at the “Aurora and Diane” statue just south of the bookstore cabin


Jack Straw MUSIC:
Kristin Chambers, Vince Martinez, and Aaron Starkey

Open Mic — Kara Simon, MC

Patrick Dixon:

“Writing from Experience”


Jack Straw POETS—Present:
Jalayna Carter, Bryan Edenfield, and Natasha Moni

Rena Priest:
“The Center of All Beauty: Exploring the Poet’s Love Affair with Words and the World”


Jack Straw POETS—Past
(on the theme of Resilience)
Jeannine Hall Gailey, Anne McDuffie, Ann Teplick, and Katharine Whitcomb

56 Days of August: Poetry Postcards (reading, presentation and workshop)

Paul E. Nelson (MC), Ina Roy-Faderman, Joanna Thomas, and Matt Trease


Fisher Poets:
Patrick Dixon (MC), Sierra Golden, Holly Hughes, Jeff Stonehill, Brad Warren

Claudia Castro Luna:

“Harnessing the Power of Order: The List Poem”


Kitchen Sessions:
Dee Dee Chapman (MC), Dayna Paterson, and Rena Priest


African-American Writers’ Alliance:
Kamari Bright, Georgia S. McDade (MC), and Jaye Ware


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)
Haiku Wall (poets from around the world)
Chalk Art (by Pamela Denchfield)
Etegami Postcard Art (sponsored by VALA Art Center)
My Goldfish Stole the Moon: Poetry Fun (sponsored by Jim Teeters, with book-making craft activities for kids)

Groups, Organizations, Vendors, and Sponsors

African-American Writers’ Alliance
Black Heron Press
Brick and Mortar Books (Dan Ullom)
56 Days of August: Poetry Postcard Poets
Fisher Poets
Haiku Northwest
Ice Cream Anthology Poets
Jack Straw Musicians
Jack Straw Poets
Kitchen Sessions Poets
MoonPath Press
My Goldfish Stole the Moon: Poetry Fun (Jim Teeters)
Poets & Writers
Redmond Arts & Culture Commission
Redmond Association of Spokenword
Redmond Historical Society
Rose Alley Press
VALA Art Center
Yakima Coffeehouse Poets

Individuals (scheduled performers)

Dotty Armstrong
Kamari Bright
Linda Brown

Jalayna Carter
Kristin Chambers
Dee Dee Chapman
Risa Denenberg
Julie Deutscher
Patrick Dixon
Bryan Edenfield
Lorraine Ferra
Jeannine Hall Gailey
Rose Gamble
Sierra Golden
Janka Hobbs

Holly Hughes
Patty Kinney
Claudia Castro Luna
Vince Martinez
Brendan McBreen
Georgia S. McDade
Anne McDuffie
Natasha Moni
Rod Nelson
Paul E. Nelson
Melanie Noel
Kevin O’Connor
Ken Osborne
Dayna Paterson
Rena Priest

LeAnne Ries
James Rodgers
Ina Roy-Faderman
Kara Simon
Aaron Starkey
Jeff Stonehill
Ed Stover
Mary Ellen Talley
Ann Teplick
Joanna Thomas
Matt Trease
Jaye Ware
Brad Warren
Julene Tripp Weaver
Michael Dylan Welch
Katharine Whitcomb