Join us for featured poet Michael Alden and an amazing Liner Notes showcase!

Signups start at 7pm
Show at 8pm

All Ages!

Hey! It’s the last Wednesday of the month! You know what that means? It’s not a slam, IT’S LINER NOTES!

Every last Wednesday of the month, we take a break from competing with each other and working on competitive performance to sit back, appreciate some music, and write some new shit. We pick an album, poets sign up to be randomly assigned a song from that album, and they then compose a new piece inspired by that song, and read it in our Liner Notes showcase!

This month’s album is:
Kendrick Lamar: To Pimp a Butterfly

Michael Alden (formerly Michael Hodges) is a co-slammaster of Rain City Slam, and was that organization’s inaugural Hoodie Champion.

He lives in Seattle, Washington, with his spouse, two friends, and a very insistent cat.

To Pimp a Butterfly is the third album by Kendrick Lamar. Released in March 2015, it was immediately met with near-universal critical and popular acclaim.

Rain City Slam is committed to safety in our community for all of our members. We ask that anyone entering our community in any capacity treat the audience, poets, venue staff, Rain City community members and featuring artists as equals. We refuse to permit any act of hate, violence or bigotry on or off our stage and microphone and will ban any person or persons involved in those acts. Any person whose safety has been threatened in any way should report the occurrence to a member of the Rain City Slam board. We will keep information confidential and anonymous and provide any support needed. Absolutely NO ONE is above this rule and inappropriate, dangerous, hateful or violent behavior is unacceptable for everyone.

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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!


Sign ups 7pm, show at 8pm

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.