The Redmond Poet Laureate Program builds a more literate and understanding community through poetry and the literary arts.
The Poet Laureate does this by broadening the awareness of poetry and expressing the spirit of Redmond culture through poetry. A variety of programming and engagement from commissioned poetry and poetry talks to readings and workshops are offered to Redmond residents and visitors.
Shin Yu Pai, 2015-2017
Shin Yu Paiis the author of several books including AUX ARCS (La Alameda, 2013), Adamantine (White Pine, 2010), Sightings (1913 Press, 2008), and Equivalence (La Alameda, 2003). Her work has been awarded grants from 4Culture, Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture, and The Awesome Foundation. She is former writer-in-residence for the Seattle Art Museum and has presented poetry to the Redmond community at events for the SoulFood poetry series.
Learn more about Shin Yu, including her most recent project "Heirloom", on her website: http://shinyupai.com
Michael Dylan Welch, 2013-2015
Michael Dylan Welch brought poets to public places. He organized Poets in the Park at Anderson Park, a poetry festival that featured over 100 local poets, and Poets Wanted, a series of events at the Redmond Library focusing on famous poets from around the world. He also published the book, True Colour, a collection of rengay poems.
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.
Jeannine Hall Gailey, 2012-2013
Jeannine Hall Gailey led an initiative called Poetry for Geeks, Geeks for Poetry that explored the connections between the worlds of poetry and technology through geek talks and workshops. She also led a Redmond Reads Poetry project with the Redmond Library that included topics such such as astrophysics, engineering, and anime.
Jeannine is a poet, editorial consultant, writes book reviews, and teaches at National University's MFA Program. She is the author of two books of poetry, She Returns to the Floating World, and Becoming the Villainess. Her poems have been featured on NPR's The Writer's Almanac and on Verse Daily; two were included in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror.
Rebecca Meredith, 2010-2012
Rebecca Meredith was the first Redmond Poet Laureate. She wrote original poetry inspired by Redmond, organized a Found Poetry Contest through the Redmond Reporter and hosted a group of Redmond poets to create 10x10, a poetry anthology inspired by historic images of Redmond for the City's Centennial Celebrations in 2012.
Rebecca is a poet, writer, and psychotherapist, as well as a Redmond Association Spokenword (RASP) cofounder. She has performed at the Burning Word Poetry Festival, the Seattle Moon Viewing Festival, and on KUOW's The Beat. Her chapbook Intergenerational Delta Blues was published by Pudding House Press. She was a fellow of the Jack Straw Writers' Program and an alumna of Hedgebrook Women Writers' Colony.