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Redmond Poetry Planting Seeds and Inviting Possibilties

Redmond Poetry: Planting Seeds and Inviting Possibilities with Laura Da'

In honor of National Poetry Month, the City of Redmond’s 2022 Poet Laureate Laura Da’ has created an interactive poetry (side)walk called Planting Seeds and Inviting Possibilities that debuted on April 24th at Farrel-McWhirter Park.  

Participants can engage with this unique, free, and family-friendly creative writing experience in any of the ways described below and then share their writing with us on social media by posting a photo and tagging us with #RedmondParks and #RedmondPoetry

Ways to participate in Planting Seeds and Inviting Possibilities:

  1. Show up to Farrel-McWhirter Park any time between now and September 2 and find the trail from the parking lot to the flag pole. Follow the prompts provided by Da’ in the park to guide your own creative writing inspired by the nature that surrounds you.
  2. Find your own spot in nature to write about - your backyard or one of Redmond's parks or trails. Respond to the prompts written here.

No matter how you choose to participate, we would love to see what you create! Share all or some of your writing with us on Facebook and tag us @RedmondParks #RedmondPoetry

  1. About Laura Da'
  2. Bird's Eye View by Laura Da'

Laura Da HeadshotLaura Da’ is a poet and teacher. A lifetime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Da’ studied creative writing at the University of Washington and the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is Eastern Shawnee. Her first book, Tributaries, was published by the University of Arizona Press and won a 2016 American Book Award. Da’ has held residencies at the Richard Hugo House, Tin House, and Jack Straw. Her newest book, Instruments of the True Measure, is the winner of the Washington State Book Award. Da’ lives near Seattle with her husband and son. Learn more: