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


Rain City Slam is Seattle’s newest poetry slam!

Open Mic, Featured Poet and a Poetry Slam

Every Wednesday at 8pm (sharp), $3 admission (credit/debit cards accepted) and ALL AGES!


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.

Rain City Slam’s home is at Scratch Deli.

1718 12th Avenue, Seattle 98122 Capitol Hill