Poet Laureate

Poetry in the Parks

Poetry in the Parks is the initiative of Michael Dylan Welch, Redmond’s third poet laureate. The program offers everyone the opportunity to discover the joys of poetry in their own environment. Activities include quarterly readings, a poetry conference and book fair, and writing sessions/walks.

Upcoming Events

summer poetry walk


Find poetic inspiration in natural and urban settings with walks and writing sessions in various Redmond city parks and trails. There will be optional time to share and discuss your own poetry from the walks.

6:30pm, Second Wednesdays May to August*

May 14: Farrel-McWhirter Farm Park
June 11: Redmond Central Connector, meet at the SIGNALS piece near the intersection of 161st Ave NE and Bear Creek Parkway
July 9: Redmond Watershed Preserve
August 13: Sammamish River Trail, meet at City Hall

*Look for the poetry tent!

Wanted Dead of Alive logo

WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE: Celebrating Famous Poets

Celebrate famous poets: E.E. Cummings, Rumi, Emily Dickinson, and Pablo Neruda. Bring your favorite poem by the featured poet to read and discuss.

15990 NE 85th St., Redmond, WA 98052

October 30, 2013: E. E. Cummings
January 29, 2014: Rumi
April 30, 2014: Emily Dickinson
July 30, 2014: Pablo Neruda

About Michael Dylan Welch

Michael Dylan Welch
Michael Dylan Welch is a passionate promoter and teacher of poetry, and widely published in a variety of forms by publishers including W. W. Norton, Tuttle, Writer’s Digest Books, Kodansha, McGraw-Hill, and others. Michael’s poetry is nationally recognized and he operates his own press, Press Here. Locally, Michael supports poetry in Redmond by curating the monthly SoulFood Poetry Night and Redmond Association of Spokenword (RASP) readings. Learn more about Michael on his website: http://www.graceguts.com

Selected Works

Selected Works

Here, There, and Everywhere: Redmond Association of Spokenword Poetry Anthology. (editor and contributor) Redmond, Washington: RASP, 2013.

Close to the Wind: 2013 Haiku North America Conference Anthology. (editor with William Hart) Sammamish, Washington: Press Here, 2013.

With Cherries on Top: 31 Flavors from NaHaiWriMo. (editor; photographer) Sammamish, Washington: Press Here, 2012.

Tidepools: Haiku On Gabriola. (editor and contributor) Gabriola, British Columbia: Pacific-Rim Publishers, 2011.

For a Moment. Pointe Claire, Quebec: King’s Road Press, 2009.

Gingerly. Napanee, Ontario: pawEpress (pawEprint #64), 2003.

The Haijin’s Tweed Coat. (second, expanded edition) Foster City: Press Here, 2000.

Footsteps in the Fog. (editor and contributor) Foster City, California: Press Here, 1994.

Thornewood Poems. Foster City, California: Press Here, 1994.

Fig Newtons: Senryu to Go. (editor and contributor) Foster City, California: Press Here, 1993.

A Vote for Alice. Foster City: Press Here, 1992.

The Haijin’s Tweed Coat. Foster City, California: Press Here, 1990.

Tremors. (earthquake haiku) Foster City, California: Press Here, 1990.

Selected Translations

Furoshiki. (cotranslation with Emiko Miyashita of poems and prose about elegant Japanese gift-wrapping clothes known as furoshiki) Tokyo: PIE Books, 2011.

Bonsai. (cotranslation with Emiko Miyashita of twelve Bashō poems that introduce each seasonal section of photographs) Tokyo: PIE Books, 2011.

Noh. (cotranslation with Emiko Miyashita and David Cobb of Noh play summaries and associated poems) Tokyo: PIE Books, 2010.

100 Poets: Passions of the Imperial Court. (cotranslation with Emiko Miyashita of the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu, as 12th century collection of tanka poems) Tokyo, Japan: PIE Books, 2008.

Poetry in the Parks is presented in partnership with: 


Follow us in Facebook Chirp! Sign Up eNews

Info: 425.556.2316

Discover more events at ExperienceRedmond.com