Poets in the Park
Poets in the Park 2021 on Zoom
For various reasons, we need to CANCEL Poets in the Park for 2021. Instead of happening on June 5 and 6, we’re looking at replacement Zoom dates perhaps in 2022, and will update information here as soon as a new date is confirmed. Accordingly, please expect changes to the following list of readers and the schedule. Thank you for your patience.
Saturday, June 5, 2021 (readings and performances), 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
Sunday, June 6, 2021 (workshops), 9:00 am to 5:00 pm — all FREE!
Plus evening extras!
Our 2021 festival, with a theme of travel, will be via Zoom, with a full day of readings and performances on Saturday and workshops on Sunday, all free, but with registration required.
See below for the full schedule, individual and group participants, and more.
Natalie Goldberg, Kelli Russell Agodon, Susan Alexander, Tiel Ansha Ansari, Chaun Ballard, Allen Braden, Terry Ann Carter, Don Colburn, Angela Decker, Elizabeth Jacobson, Amy Miller, Barbara Pelman, Raul Sanchez, Daniel Scott, Heidi Seaborn, Derek Sheffield, Linda K. Thompson, John Sibley Williams, Lucien Zell, and more
Poetry readings by Terrain magazine, Jack Straw Poets, Prague poets, Oregon poets, British Columbia poets, Washington state and Redmond poets laureate
New book showcase readings
Four 90-minute generative poetry writing workshops by Janée J. Baugher, Claudia Castro Luna, and more (all free)
After a pandemic hiatus in 2020, Poets in the Park in 2021 will once again feature groups and organizations, mostly with 50-minute reading slots, this year often with a travel theme. On Sunday we will also have 90-minute workshops—all free! Scroll down to see the schedule. If you have questions, please contact Michael Dylan Welch.
Click here to register (so you can receive the Zoom links)
See Facebook event. Tweet to #poetsinthepark.
Sponsored by the Redmond Arts & Culture Commission and the Redmond Association of Spokenword, directed by Michael Dylan Welch. This event is supported in part by Poets & Writers. Additional thanks to all our volunteers.
All our events will be on Zoom this year, only one event at a time, so you won’t need to choose between various performance stages. We’re also moving all the workshops to the Sunday. Most Saturday event are slated to end five or ten minutes before the next event, allowing breaks between nearly all events.
Saturday, June 5: Readings/Performances
9:00 Welcome by Michael Dylan Welch
9:05 Jack Straw Poets
Abi Pollokoff and Kristie Song
9:30 New Book Showcase
Kelli Russell Agodon: Dialogues with Rising Tides (Copper Canyon)
Heidi Seaborn: An Insomniac’s Slumber Party with Marilyn Monroe and Bite Marks
[more to be announced]
10:00 Terrain Magazine
Derek Sheffield, Chaun Ballard, Allen Braden, and Elizabeth Jacobson
11:00 Prague Poets
Lucien Zell and others to be announced
12:00 Lunch Break (informal open-mic reading)
1:00 Natalie Goldberg — Three Simple Lines, a memoir about Japan and haiku poetry (by the author of Writing Down the Bones)
2:00 To be announced
[poets to be announced]
3:00 Oregon Poets
Tiel Ansha Ansari, Don Colburn, Angela Decker, Amy Miller, and John Sibley Williams
4:00 British Columbia Poets: The Island Five
Susan Alexander, Terry Ann Carter, Barbara Pelman, Daniel Scott, and Linda K. Thompson
5:00 Raul Sanchez (Redmond poet laureate)
5:30 Dinner Break
7:00 Open-mic Reading
Sunday, June 6: Poetry Workshops (all free)
Workshops by Janée J. Baugher, Claudia Castro Luna, and two more to be announced, to be assigned to the following times:
9:00 – 10:30
11:00 – 12:30
1:30 – 3:00
3:30 – 5:00
7:00 Open-mic Reading
Groups, Organizations, and Sponsors
Centro Cultural Mexicano
City of Redmond
Jack Straw Poets
Poets & Writers
Redmond Arts & Culture Commission
Redmond Association of Spokenword
Kelli Russell Agodon
Tiel Ansha Ansari
Terry Ann Carter
Linda K. Thompson
John Sibley Williams
Michael Dylan Welch
Poets in the Park Photos
See what Poets in the Park is like! Check out photos, by Michael Dylan Welch, from our 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 (coming soon) festivals.
Read about Poets in the Park for 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 (albeit cancelled in 2020)—including photos, schedules, participants, vendors, 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, sponsored by the Redmond Association of Spokenword. These well-attended two-day events took place in April of 2004 and March of 2005. The 2014 revival of this event took place at Redmond’s Anderson Park, cosponsored by the City of Redmond and the Redmond Association of Spokenword, as more of a social and poetry reading/performance festival, 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 was one of Michael’s proposed duties as the 2013–2014 and 2014–2015 poet laureate of the city of Redmond. See also the 2014 Redmond Summer Poetry Walks.
See archived websites for the 2004 and 2005 Poets in the Park conferences. See Seattle Post-Intelligencer story about the 2004 conference.