Poet Laureate Program

The Redmond Poet Laureate Program builds a more literate and understanding community through poetry and the literary arts by broadening the awareness of poetry and expressing the spirit of Redmond culture through poetry.

Established by Ordinance 2444, the Poet Laureate program produces a variety of programming and community engagement opportunities offered to Redmond residents and visitors. Their work can be seen in everything from poetry that appears in the rain, to the inscriptions in our master-plans and the presence of poetry put-put mini golf...not to mention commissioned poetry, poetry talks, readings, exhibits and workshops.

Melanie Noel Poets in the Park

CURRENT Poet Laureate
Melanie Noel

Redmond’s newest Poet Laureate Melanie Noel was appointed earlier this year and is excited to work with the Redmond community. Melanie is the author of The Monarchs (Stockport Flats, 2013) and The Ringing, a chapbook forthcoming from Goodmorning Menagerie. Her poems have also appeared in Thermos, Spiral Orb, Weekday, The Volta, and The Arcadia Project. She has written poems for installations and as live scores for short films. Melanie was a co-curator of the dance, music and poetry series APOSTROPHE, and curated Impala, a reading series that took place in her grandmother’s car. She has taught classes in parks, schools, hospitals, and community centers, and enjoys doing creative engagement work with older adults who have memory loss. 

Melanie was a featured speaker at the Poets in the Park poetry festival at Anderson Park in July and will also help lead a poetry interactive at So Bazaar in August. She has also been planning a translation poetry reading series and would love to connect with Redmond residents about this series. If you are a visual artist, poet, craftsperson or someone who works outdoors in a field like farming, landscaping or forest maintenance; you grew up speaking a language or languages other than English or if you were raised speaking more than one language including English; if you have a favorite poet or poem in your first language; and are a resident of Redmond or nearby, please email arts@redmond.gov.


2015 - 2017 Poet Laureate 
Shin Yu Pai

Shin Yu Pai at SoBazaar 2017

Our current Poet Laureate is Shin Yu Pai. She is 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.

Some projects that she had worked on in Redmond include "heyday," a large-scale projection during the Redmond Lights festival; "Animating Archives," a collaboration with artists Megan Bent on printing historic photos on leaves; and "Mixed Messages" a collaboration with artist collective Side Car to create messages that become visible when wet along the new Redmond Central Connector trail.

Learn more about Shin Yu on her website: http://shinyupai.com

Past Poet Laureates


Michael Dylan Welch (2013-2014)

Jeannine Hall Gailey (2012-2013)

Rebecca Meredith (2010-2012)