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.

Shin Yu Pai at SoBazaar 2017Current Poet Laureate 
Shin Yu Pai

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)