Poet Laureate

2014 2015

Michael Dylan Welch is Redmond’s third poet laureate. This program offers everyone the opportunity to discover the joys of poetry in their own environment. Activities include quarterly readings, a poetry conference and book fair, and a new poetry collection, True Colour,  written by Welch.


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Redmond Lights Poetry Reading with
Poet Laureate Michael Dylan Welch

Saturday, December 6, 2014
4:00 – 5:00pm
Council Chambers, City Hall First Floor
15670 NE 85th Street, Redmond

Kick off your Redmond Lights experience with Redmond’s Poet Laureate. Learn more about the rengay poetry form and listen to readings from Michael Dylan Welch’s new book True Colour. Copies of the book will be available and light refreshments will be served. Event is free to the public.

Poetry Reading at Redmond Lights

Poets Wanted: Dead or Alive

Wednesdays January 21 & 28, February 11, 18 & 25, 2015
Redmond Regional Library
15990 Ne 85th St, Redmond

Celebrate five famous poets from diverse cultures and poetry traditions in a series of free presentations designed to educate and stimulate the public, including fans of poetry and those who are learning about the poet for the first time. Free to the public

Led by Redmond Poet Laureate Michael Dylan Welch.

1/21: Octavio Paz, Mexican poet
1/28: Robert Frost, American poet
2/11: Bashō, Japanese haiku poet
2/18: Rabindranath Tagore, Bengali poet
2/25: Theodore Roethke, Seattle poet

In partnership with the Redmond Regional Library

Poets in the Park

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Anderson Park
7802 168th Ave Ne, Redmond 

Day-long free festival and poetry picnic celebrating local and regional poets and poetry through readings, workshops, vendors, installations, picnic-related activities, and book fair

In partnership with Redmond Association of Spokenword

About Michael Dylan Welch

Michael Dylan Welch
Michael Dylan Welch is a passionate promoter and teacher of poetry, and widely published in a variety of forms by publishers including W. W. Norton, Tuttle, Writer’s Digest Books, Kodansha, McGraw-Hill, and others. Michael’s poetry is nationally recognized and he operates his own press, Press Here. Locally, Michael supports poetry in Redmond by curating the monthly SoulFood Poetry Night and Redmond Association of Spokenword (RASP) readings. Learn more about Michael on his website: http://www.graceguts.com

Selected Works

Selected Works

Here, There, and Everywhere: Redmond Association of Spokenword Poetry Anthology. (editor and contributor) Redmond, Washington: RASP, 2013.

Close to the Wind: 2013 Haiku North America Conference Anthology. (editor with William Hart) Sammamish, Washington: Press Here, 2013.

With Cherries on Top: 31 Flavors from NaHaiWriMo. (editor; photographer) Sammamish, Washington: Press Here, 2012.

Tidepools: Haiku On Gabriola. (editor and contributor) Gabriola, British Columbia: Pacific-Rim Publishers, 2011.

For a Moment. Pointe Claire, Quebec: King’s Road Press, 2009.

Gingerly. Napanee, Ontario: pawEpress (pawEprint #64), 2003.

The Haijin’s Tweed Coat. (second, expanded edition) Foster City: Press Here, 2000.

Footsteps in the Fog. (editor and contributor) Foster City, California: Press Here, 1994.

Thornewood Poems. Foster City, California: Press Here, 1994.

Fig Newtons: Senryu to Go. (editor and contributor) Foster City, California: Press Here, 1993.

A Vote for Alice. Foster City: Press Here, 1992.

The Haijin’s Tweed Coat. Foster City, California: Press Here, 1990.

Tremors. (earthquake haiku) Foster City, California: Press Here, 1990.

Selected Translations

Furoshiki. (cotranslation with Emiko Miyashita of poems and prose about elegant Japanese gift-wrapping clothes known as furoshiki) Tokyo: PIE Books, 2011.

Bonsai. (cotranslation with Emiko Miyashita of twelve Bashō poems that introduce each seasonal section of photographs) Tokyo: PIE Books, 2011.

Noh. (cotranslation with Emiko Miyashita and David Cobb of Noh play summaries and associated poems) Tokyo: PIE Books, 2010.

100 Poets: Passions of the Imperial Court. (cotranslation with Emiko Miyashita of the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu, as 12th century collection of tanka poems) Tokyo, Japan: PIE Books, 2008.

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