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Ian Martinez: Co-Slammaster, Board of Directors

Ian moved to Seattle in early 2013 and hitched his wagon to Rain City Poetry Slam about a year later, a decision he says profoundly changed his life and his relationship to the word, both written or spoken. A former organizer, speechwriter, and journalist, Ian previously served as Writing Center Fellow at Georgetown University, and has been a Rain City board member and its Finance Officer since 2015; he has been a member of the 2016 and 2017 Rain City National Poetry Slam teams, the 2016 Cascadia Regional Slam team, and was the 2016 Rain City Grand Slam Champion.
 

Maya Hersh: Co-Slammaster, Board of Directors
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Maya Hersh is a Rain City co-founder, a three-time member of the Seattle Poetry Slam national team, and has competed at national events like the Individual World Poetry Slam and Women of the World Poetry Slam more times than she can count. Maya has also coached the Seattle Poetry Slam and Rain City teams at the National Poetry Slam, and has been making chapbooks since she did it on her dad’s copier with glue and magazine cutouts. She has been published in Pangaia magazine, featured on CBS and NPR and once made the front page of her hometown newspaper, but not for poetry.

Katrina Santos: Volunteer Coordinator, Board of Directors

Katrina Santos is an arts educator, poet, independent filmmaker, and Pacific Northwest native. She derives her experience in running a show and community from her past life as a theatrical director and stage manager. In 2016, she competed for Rain City at Bumbershoot’s Battle of the Word. She has been the videographer for Rain City since fall of 2015 and joined the board in spring of 2016. She has an encyclopedic knowledge of the tv show Firefly and spends most of her time with two-year-olds.

Elisa Chavez, Board of Directors

Elisa Chavez is actually a velociraptor. In 2015, she was the Rain City representative at the Women of the World poetry slam; she has been a Rain City team member at the National Poetry Slam in 2014 and 2017; and was the Spring 2017 Seattle Town Hall Poet in Residence. She is skilled at opening doors and smelling out prey.