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

  • Open-mic 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 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, and 4Culture, directed by Michael Dylan Welch. This event is supported in part by Poets & Writers. Additional thanks to all our volunteers.

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, and 2018 festivals.


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 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.

2019 Schedule

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


Haiku on Sticks (view poems by Haiku Northwest members)

Poetry on Sticks (view poems from the RASP poetry anthology, Here, There, and Everywhere)

Chalk Art (by Pamela Denchfield)

Handmade Art (craft activity sponsored by VALA Arts)

Art Installation (sponsored by Centro Cultural Mexicano and its Los Pajaros Gallery)

Art Installation (by Crystal Edwards, sponsored by VALA Arts)

Groups, Organizations, Vendors, and Sponsors

Band of Poets

Black Heron Press

Book Arts Editions (artist books by Marilyn Stablein)

Brick and Mortar Books (Nicole Craswell)

Centro Cultural Mexicano / Los Pajaros Gallery

Floating Bridge Press

For Love of Orcas (anthology)

Greenwood Poets

Haiku Northwest

Jack Straw Writers

Pleasure Boat Studio (Lauren Grosskopf)

Poets & Writers

Printed Matter Vancouver

Puget Sound Poetry Connection

Raven Chronicles

Redmond Arts & Culture Commission

Redmond Association of Spokenword

Redmond Historical Society

Rose Alley Press


Wandering Aengus Press

Individuals (67 scheduled performers)

Dianne Aprile

Anna Bálint

Christianne Balk

David Berger

Phoebe Bosché

Allen Braden

C. W. Buckley

Tiffany Burba

John Burgess

Terran Campbell

Lyn Coffin

Sharon Cumberland

Sarah DeWeerdt

Matthew Eiford-Schroeder

Roger Fernandes

Ida Freilinger

Dianne Garcia

Anis Gisele

Jerry Gold

Tara Hardy

Ed Harkness

David Horowitz

Ann Batchelor Hursey

Connie Hutchison

Sibyl James

Anna Jenkins

Jill McCabe Johnson

Roy Kindelberger

Jenne Knight

Claudia Castro Luna

Christopher Luna

Toni Lumbrazo Luna

Curtis Manley

Tanya McDonald

Anne McDuffie

Ted McMahon

Jory Mickelson

Natasha Moni

Jeanne Morel

Jeffrey Morgan

Jed Myers

Rosanne Olson

Ken Osborne

Carl Palmer

Jenney Pauer

Sylvia Byrne Pollack

Rena Priest

Rose Ramm

Michelle Schaefer

Michael Schmeltzer

Douglas Schuder

Tina Schumann

Martha Silano

Kara Simon

Marilyn Stablein

Kari Tai

Mary Ellen Talley

Ann Teplick

Angela Terry

Holly L. Thomas

Kathleen Tice

Richard Tice

Bob Toohey

Connie Walle

Michael Dylan Welch

Carolyne Wright

Sandra Yannone


Jon Albers

Laura Lee Bennett (volunteer coordinator)

Julie Brown

Nicole Craswell (Brick and Mortar Books)

Pamela Denchfield

Crystal Edwards

John Gustaveson

Elizabeth Hayden

Michael Heavener

Joan Pasch

Rose Ramm

Brooke Reedy

Susan Rich

Bruce Robertson

Vivienne Rutherford

Kara Simon

Michael Dylan Welch

and others!


Read about Poets in the Park 2014, Poets in the Park 2015, Poets in the Park 2016, Poets in the Park 2017, and Poets in the Park 2018—photos, schedule, 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.