Poet Laureate

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Poets in the Park 2015 logo

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

Free day-long festival and picnic celebrating local and regional poets and all types of poetry through readings, workshops, vendors, installations, picnic-related activities, and book fair, including:

•  Potluck picnic (bring a dish or snack to share, and get a free poetry book)
•  Karen Finneyfrock, headline poet
•  Group poetry readings by:
Black Heron Press, Cascade College Poetry Students, Cowboy Poets, Crab Creek Review, Egress Studio Press, Farmer Poets, Haiku Northwest, Jack Straw Writers, LitFUSE, MoonPath Press, Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, Poetry Northwest, Pongo Teen Writing, Puget Sound Poetry Connection, Raven Chronicles, Redmond Association of Spokenword, Rose Alley Press, Seattle Poets Society, Striped Water, Two Sylvias Press, and more!
•  Band of Poets musical performance
•  Free workshops by Jim Bertolino, Elijah Muied, and Michael Dylan Welch 
•  Open-mic readings 
•  Book fair, facilitated by ParkPlace Books (no commission) 
•  Poetry vendors (presses, journals, and more)
•  4Culture Poetry on Buses (including the poetry bus) 
•  Guided poetry walk 
•  Poetry on Sticks, chalk poetry, and other installations
•  Poetry book swap (bring a book, take a book)
•  Mini golf, hula hoops, craft activities
•  Surprises!

In partnership with Redmond Association of Spokenword

PAST EVENTS

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.

POETS WANTED include:
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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