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The Dead Poet’s Slam, with Optimus Rhyme!

October 31st, 2018 at 8:00pm
235 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102
Signups start at 7:00pm
$3 Entrance Fee

Spend your halloween with the Rain City Poetry Slam!  Tonight is a rare event – instead of your own poems, you’ll be asked to recite poems of your choice from dead poets.  Spooooooky!  Bonus points for dressing up *as* your favorite poet!


About Our Feature

Hitting every microphone in the country doing stand-up (and four CDs in the vault), acting with Jessica Alba and regularly seen on the hit TV series “Supernatural” Richard Lett is in his third decade as a headline stand-up comedian , working with such luminaries as Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Robin Williams, Tommy Chong, Janeane Garofalo and Zach Galifianakis. Offstage he is known for his writing, directing and producing almost thirty of his own plays, being a single dad, battling cancer, alcoholism and drug addiction. He toured nationally his hit solo show “Sober But Never Clean” performing it sixty times in comedy clubs, theatre festivals, treatment centers and recovery conventions to rave reviews and standing ovations. His Ontario Arts Council finance CD of the same name is a popular item on SoundCloud. His new solo show about his journey with testicular cancer, entitled “One Nut Only” premieres in Vancouver May 3, 2018. The accompanying CD (also funded by the Ontario Arts Council) will be launched then. His latest stand-up CD “Living Clean and Talking Dirty” is available online (Profits going to “Spring Clean” – a camp for addicts in recovery.)

Richard Lett also felt the need to write and perform slam poetry on his way to the Vancouver Poetry Slam finals in 2008, and on to being Toronto’s 2013 Grand Slam Poet Champ and captain of the 2013 Toronto Poetry Slam Team as his alter-ego Optimus Rhyme. He knocked ‘em out in Boston at the National Poetry Slam in August that year and won the Toronto’s 2013 Word On The Street Slam. In November he and his TPS teammates won the 2013 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word National Championship. His comedy can regularly be heard on Sirius XM radio, and while living in Toronto he was the sidekick and co-host of Canadian tv and film icon Frank D’Angelo for four seasons.

Richard now lives in Vancouver where he is regularly seen on local stages doing stand-up or performing at poetry slams or singing and playing original songs on the piano. His portrait photography is also popular and can be seen on Instagram @richardlettphoto.


Writing Circle at 6pm!

Before the slam, come to the writing circle – we’ll be at Jai Thai from 6pm-7pm, giving writing prompts and sharing our work in an attempt to help each other improve and get creative input! Drop in anytime before 7pm and join us!

**How to Sign up!**
Go to the stage, there will be slips of paper and a pen! Put your name in the tambourine to join the slam, and in the metal bucket to join the open mic!

**About the Open Mic**
You can do poetry, songs, even comedy: but we ask that you stick to no more than one poem/song, as well as keeping it at or under 3 minutes!

**If you are Slamming**
If you sign up for the slam, remember that you MUST be in attendance for the draw at 8pm! If you miss the draw, you will be given the first position automatically. If you miss that, you will be disqualified!

Safety Statement

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.