Poets in the Park 2019
Celebrating the Land
Saturday, 20 July 2019, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm — FREE!
Anderson Park | 7802 168th Ave NE | Redmond, Washington
Environmental theme this year—see schedule below
Teachings of the First People: Native American Story and Myth with Roger Fernandes, Lower Elwah S’Klallam Tribal Storyteller
Music by Band of Poets
Environment-themed poetry workshops by Christianne Balk, Tara Hardy, Jeffrey Morgan, and Carolyne Wright
Washington Poetic Routes reading, coordinated by Claudia Castro Luna, Washington state poet laureate
Poetry readings by more than a dozen organizations
At least 68 featured poets
New book showcase readings
Art installations by Centro Cultural Mexicano / Los Pajaros Gallery and Crystal Edwards / VALA Arts, plus craft activities
Chalk art, poetry on sticks, and other surprises, plus free ice cream!
Poets in the Park in 2019 will once again feature groups and organizations, with 25-minute reading slots, this year mostly with an environmental theme. We also have 55-minute workshops, our book fair, vendors, open-mic readings, installations, ice cream, and more—and it’s 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 stages, workshops 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 Arts), RASP poetry anthology poems on sticks, and more! And great summer weather too!
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, and 4Culture, directed by Michael Dylan Welch. This event is supported in part by Poets & Writers. Additional thanks to all our volunteers.
Our gratitude to Dan Ullom and Nicole Craswell of Redmond’s 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.
Don’t miss a moment of our many readings and performances at our Café and Picnic stages, and workshops in 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. To support poets reading at all times of the day, please commit to attending for the entire day if you can. Thank you.
Saturday, 20 July 2019, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Groups, Organizations, Vendors, and Sponsors
Individuals (67 scheduled performers)
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!