Join us for our 1st Preliminary Qualifier and a feature by Cynthia French!!!

Signups start at 7pm
Show at 8pm

All Ages!

It’s our first preliminary qualifier to get into our Grand Slam and have a shot at making the Rain City National Poetry Slam 2016 team!

Wait….didn’t NPS, like, JUST happen?!

Turns out NPS is a big frickin’ deal, and Rain City wants to take plenty of time, and have plenty of slams to showcase ALL of our community’s incredibly talented poets, and allow each of them to slam their hearts out to make the team, if they so choose.

So, it works like this: We’ll have a total of 9 preliminary qualifiers. After 3 preliminary qualifiers occur, we’ll have a Semifinal with poets who placed from the prelims. After 3 semifinals occur, we’ll have a Grand Slam between the poets who placed in the semis, and pick our 2016 team! It’s all happening so fast!

Fresh back from the National Poetry Slam in Oakland, where she represented Seattle Poetry Slam, Cynthia French is fitting in a few more appearances before packing up and heading to Bellingham. With over 20 national and international slams under her belt, she’s a seasoned performer whose poetry has been described as a wrecking ball or humor and heartbreak. She’ll have copies of her newest chapbook available, Rough Drafts and Rejects.

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.