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Open Slam, with Shanna and Michael Alden!

August 14th, 2019 at 8:00pm
235 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102
Signups start at 7:00pm
$3 Entrance Fee

Come  and welcome back these poets back home! Helping form Rain City Shann and Michael are back with new words and things to share!

You do not want to lose out on seeing their talent, words, and heart.

Great community, great food, and hard-hitting words! Be there!


About Our Feature

About Michael Alden:

Michael Alden has spent the past three years teaching and writing in Pittsburgh, PA. While there, they were a member of the 2018 Steel City Slam team. While in Seattle before that, they were a member of the 2016 Rain City Slam team and served as Rain City’s 2016 IWPS representative. Their work has most recently appeared in the Santa Ana River Review and the Eunoia Review.

About Shanna Alden:

Shanna Alden is a poet, photographer, and barista who has spent the last three years opening and managing coffee houses in Pittsburgh, PA.  They were a member of the 2017 and 2018 Steel City Slam National Poetry Slam team.

They have also organized many individual slams and shows including serving as event coordinator and co-slammaster for Rain City Slam in Seattle, WA and Steel City Slam in Pittsburgh, PA.

Their work has been featured in “Not Your ______” an anti-street harassment project,  Tie My Tubes a radio documentary, and Voicemail Poems.


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.