Poets in the Park 2020

Saturday, July 25, 2020 (readings and performances), 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
and Sunday, July 26, 2020 (workshops), 11:00 am to 5:00 pm — all FREE!

Our 2020 festival, with a theme of travel, scheduled for July 25 and July 26, is unfortunately CANCELLED for 2020 because of the coronavirus situation. Please see the City of Redmond press release for more information about the cancellation of all of its summer events.

Sponsored by the Redmond Association of Spokenword (RASP)
with support from the City of Redmond

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

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 2014, Poets in the Park 2015, Poets in the Park 2016, Poets in the Park 2017, Poets in the Park 2018, and Poets in the Park 2019—including 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.