Join us for an open mic, a feature by the 2015 Rain City Slam NPS Team, and an open slam!
Signups start at 7pm
Show at 8pm
ABOUT THE SLAM
This is the last slam before the Rain City staff and team leave for the National Poetry Slam in Oakland. So, let’s kick back, relax, and have fun with an open slam that qualifies poets for absolutely nothing!
ABOUT THE FEATURED POET
The 2015 Rain City National Poetry Slam Team is made up of 4 members
Sara Brickman is an author, performer, and activist from Ann Arbor, MI. Named the 2014 Ken Warfel Fellow by the Whatcom Poetry Association, Sara is the winner of the Split This Rock Abortion Rights poetry contest, the recipient of a grant from 4Culture, and has attended the Breadloaf Writers Conference and TILL Writers Convergence. An Artist Trust EDGE fellow, her work has been published or is forthcoming in Bestiary, Hoarse, The New, Alight, Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls, and more. A teacher with Writers in the Schools and the 2013 Rain City Women of the World Slam Champion, Sara has performed her work at venues across North America. In 2010 she founded a multimedia reading series in her living room called The Hootenanny, to showcase groundbreaking writers and performers. She lives and writes in Seattle, WA.
Shelby Handler is a queer Jewess cultural worker and teaching artist. Rooted in a tradition of diasporic tongues and loud mouths, she has been writing and performing poetry since the age of fifteen. Based in Seattle, Shelby is honored to coordinate Youth Speaks Seattle as well as organize with the Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites and serve on the Jewish Voice for Peace Artists and Cultural Workers Council. Her poems have been featured in books, public buses, literary journals and stages across the country.
Rebecca Shay is a dragon who frequently masquerades as a poet, a girl, or an adult. Sometimes she masquerades as all three at once! Her favorite phrase when she was sixteen was “Adulthood is a myth; grownups are obsolete.” At 26, she doesn’t really know what this means, and she is unsure whether her younger self would be proud of her or not. Her favorite food is burritos. She thinks she is pretty good at writing poems, but bios still baffle her.
Troy Osaki is a spoken word poet and teaching artist from Seattle, WA. Inspired by creative storytelling, his heritage, and movements for equality Troy approaches his art in hopes of supporting and building his community. He commits to cultivating safe space for honesty and understanding, liberation of self, and having as much fun as possible while writing and sharing poems.
This Wednesday they will be giving us a sneak preview of the material they’ll be performing on the national stage! Expect group pieces, duets, and solo pieces. Come see how we’re going to MAKE IT RAIN!
Jai Thai, 235 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102
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.
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