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

See event photos.


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.

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


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 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 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 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.