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Redmond Historical Society Saturday Speaker Series: City’s Poet Laureate Explores ‘History of Cascadia’

October 14, 2023 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

The Redmond Historical Society invites the community to an exciting conversation with Redmond Poet Laureate, Laura Da’, on the topic of “Currents of Time and Place: Poetry that Engages with History and Image in Cascadia.” Admission is free to RHS members, and a suggested donation of $5 for non-members. 

Engaging with Land and History

Laura Da’ will discuss the practice of writing about the place and history of the Cascadia bioregion. Da’ will read from her collections of poetry and provide context into her creative process of engaging with the land and history both as a writer and teacher. Additionally, Da’ will discuss her engagements with the waterways and lands of Redmond during her tenure as poet laureate, including her poetic maps of the Lake Sammamish and Sammamish River ecosystems.

About the Speaker 

A lifetime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Da’ studied creative writing at the University of Washington and The Institute of American Indian Arts. Being of Eastern Shawnee descent, Da’ is the recipient of the Native American Arts and Cultures Fellowship. She has also received an Artist Trust Fellowship, and fellowships from Hugo House and the Jack Straw Writers Program. Da’ is the current Poet Laureate of Redmond, Washington. Her first book, Tributaries, won the 2016 American Book Award. And her latest book, Instruments of the True Measure, won the Washington State Book Award. Recently, Da’ was one of 23 recipients nationwide to be awarded a fellowship from the Academy of American Poets Laureate.

About the Redmond Historical Society

The Redmond Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to serve the community through stewardship, collecting, preserving, and sharing Redmond’s unique heritage.

About the Saturday Speaker Series

The Saturday Speaker Series is presented by the Redmond Historical Society on the second Saturday of the month with three programs each in the fall and spring. Topics range from local and Washington state,history to Pacific Northwest regional interest. More info:


October 14, 2023
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Old Redmond Schoolhouse
16600 NE 80th St
Redmond, WA 98052 United States
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