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.


Past Poet Laureates


Shin Yu Pai (2015-2017)

Michael Dylan Welch (2013-2014)

Jeannine Hall Gailey (2012-2013)