OMG, our semifinal was so amazing! Thank you so much to all of our open mic folk, our people who slammed, our feature – Erin Schick, who absolutely rocked Jai Thai – and all of our audience members, who filled Jai Thai with love and noise!!! Coming up next: our Light Rail slam, on Christmas night! OMG. We’re meeting up at 7PM at Westlake, and doing poems on the train! Come join us! It’s free, and awesome, and a chance to take your poetry into a new space!!

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Rain City Slam is Seattle’s ALL AGES Poetry Slam!

Every WEDNESDAY night, we present an open mic, a poetry slam and a featured poet!

$3 on Slam nights, $5 on Liner Notes showcase nights

Sign ups 7pm, show at 8pm

Jai Thai, 235 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102

Rain City Slam’s 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam representative is Maya Hersh!


Send Maya some love as she represents Rain City at IWPS in Phoenix, Arizona October 8-11, 2014


Rain City Slam Mission

The mission of Rain City Slam is provide a headquarters for Seattle Spoken Word Poets of all ages to create, learn, teach and find a poetry community. Our vision is to establish a safe space where poetry can be discovered, inspired, learned and showcased without boundaries. We provide an open mic that allows any voice to be heard; community showcases that promote new work; writing circles to ensure time, space and support for writing; featured poets to inspire our community as well provide a place for reading and engaging the Seattle community, and a slam competition to assist in artistic growth, build confidence and challenge poets to think about the translation of their work to the rest of the world.


What is a poetry slam?

The poetry slam is a competition invented in the 1980s by a Chicago construction worker named Marc Smith [“So what!”] in which performed poetry is judged by five members of the audience. Poets have three minutes to present their original work. The judges will then score the piece anywhere from 0 to 10, evaluating such qualities as performance, content, and originality. The high and low scores of each performance are tossed, and the middle three are added giving the performer their score. Points are deducted for violating the three-minute time limit.