Poet Laureate

Poets in the Park 2015 logo

Saturday, June 20, 2015, 11:00am - 6:00pm
Anderson Park
7802 168th Ave NE, Redmond 

Enjoy poetry readings, activities, and vendors at the Café and Picnic stages, and on the King County Metro Poetry Bus, plus the poetry book fair, workshops, and more—all FREE!

Bring a potluck dish for a free poetry book, and enjoy your lunch on the lawn or in our café area. Poetry putt-putt (mini-golf), chalk poetry, hula hoops, Haiku on Sticks, make your own weathergrams, RASP poetry anthology poems on sticks, and more!

See below for the schedule, individual and group participants, book fair and potluck information, and more.

Poetry readings, workshops and performances

Don’t miss a moment of our many readings and performances at our Café and Picnic stages, the Fullard Cabin, and on the King Country Metro poetry bus. Come early to catch it all! All sessions end five minutes before the next session. All events and activities are free.

For the full schedule of poetry readings and workshops, visit:

Potluck picnic

Bring a potluck dish to share with others! All participants receive a free poetry book. Please bring your hot or cold dish, snack, dessert, or drink by 11:30 am (preferred). We’ll supply all the plates, utensils, and hungry poets.

Book fair

Parkplace Books will facilitate a no-commission book fair. Just bring your poetry-related publications to sell at the book fair, fill out the book fair inventory form, and enjoy the festival! Check in at the end of the day to pick up unsold books.


Haiku on Sticks, view poems by Haiku Northwest members
Poetry Putt-Putt, mini golf, sponsored by Kiwanis
RASP on Sticks, view poems from the RASP poetry anthology, Here, There, and Everywhere
Weathergrams, make poem strips to hang on trees and bushes, sponsored by Haiku Northwest
Art Activities, sponsored by VALA Art Center

Poetry book swap

Bring a book, chapbook, or magazine of poetry and swap it for a new one. A great way to discover new poets! Coordinated by Faith Allington.

Produced by Redmond Poet Laureate Michael Dylan Welch and the
City of Redmond Arts Program

In partnership with Redmond Association of Spokenword

With support from Poets & Writers, Inc.

Current Poet Laureate:
Michael Dylan Welch

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.  


True Colour Logo

Michael Dylan Welch's book True Colour is now available – solo rengay poems written with different color themes. In this book, the poems become collaborations through the photographs and design artistry of Dan D. Shafer.

Pick up your copy today at City Hall, 4th Floor, Parks Administration. Books are $5 each, cash or check. Pledge to host a rengay poetry writing party with friends or family and receive your copy for free. Call 425-556-2367 or email jarubenacker@redmond.gov for more information.


Poets Wanted Dead or Alive logo

Wednesdays January 21 & 28, February 11, 18 & 25, 2015 6:30 - 8:30pm
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

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  
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