Michael Dylan Welch named new Redmond poet laureate
Posted on 2013/10/01
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October 1, 2013 Scott Braswell
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Redmond, WA – Michael Dylan Welch was recently named Redmond’s third poet laureate and will begin a new poetry program this fall called Poetry in the Parks. The public can hear Welch read selections of his own poetry during an event at the VALA Art Center at Redmond Town Center beginning at 6 pm on Wednesday, October 2.

Poetry in the Parks, an official program of the City of Redmond, will bring poetry to where people least expect it: outdoors. The program offers everyone the opportunity to discover the joys of poetry in their own environment. “Poetry is a means of personal expression available to everyone,” says Welch. “My goal as Redmond poet laureate is to inspire all age groups to experience levels to write or enjoy poetry.”

Welch has a long history of inspiring local poets. He curates the SoulFood Poetry Night and the Redmond Association of Spokenword (RASP) readings. Both are staple monthly events, and he recently edited Here, There, and Everywhere, a RASP poetry anthology. He plans to enhance Redmond’s rich literary community by offering the following events over the next year:

• Poetry Reading at Happy Birthday: VALA – Hear Welch read selections of his poetry at the VALA Art Center at 6 pm on October 2.

• Reception and Meet and Greet – Meet Welch and learn more about the Poets in the Park program at the Redmond Library on October 30, beginning at 5:30 pm.

• Wanted: Dead or Alive: Celebrating Famous Poets – Quarterly readings at the Redmond Library that begin at 6:30 pm on October 30, starting with E. E. Cummings.

• Poets in the Park – A poetry conference and book fair, with readings and workshops at the Redmond Senior Center, April 26 and 27, 2014.

• Summer Poetry Walks: Monthly evening walks and directed writing sessions at various parks and trails in Redmond, from May to August 2014.

The public is invited to meet Welch and learn more about the Poets in the Park program at a reception at the Redmond Library on October 30, beginning at 5:30 pm. Wanted: Dead or Alive, a celebration of the poet E. E Cummings, directly follows at 6:30 pm. The public is invited to bring favorite E. E. Cummings poems to read and discuss. The evening will conclude with an “open mike” session.

Please check the website for more information: www.redmond.gov/poetlaureate