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Click here to check out the upcoming events at Rain City Poetry Slam!  We have an open mic and poetry every Wednesday at Jai Thai on Broadway at 8pm.



June 14, 2017

FIRST DATE

by Marshall Gillson   the taco spot was right near where i was working at the time so i got there on foot. leaned against the brick wall and fucked around on my phone while i waited. saw you coming down the block and recognized you from your pictures. it was the first time i … Continue reading “FIRST DATE”

June 6, 2017

Father’s Day

by Johnny Trinh   You say you are my father. Sometimes I don’t know what that means. It breaks your heart to hear these words– but absence too long leaves me more forgetful than fond.   Too many years trying fighting to distance myself from your face in the mirror.   All I’ve accomplished are … Continue reading “Father’s Day”

June 5, 2017

Writers & Poets of Washington State

Check out this amazing event next week from our sponsor partner Hugo House, featuring poets and writers from all over the state reading for a night that blends poetry with prose. Hear poetry from Gary Lilley of Port Orchard (author most recently of The Bushman’s Medicine Show) and Ann Tweedy of Lake Tapps (The Body’s … Continue reading “Writers & Poets of Washington State”

May 22, 2017

A One Page Letter of Hardship (in the style of a Series of Unfortunate Events)

By Roma Raye   If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other letter. In this letter, not only is there no happy ending, there is no happy beginning and very few happy things in the middle. This is because not very many happy things happened in … Continue reading “A One Page Letter of Hardship (in the style of a Series of Unfortunate Events)”

May 16, 2017

The Sad Girl

by Maya Hersh   The sad girl sits in her own mess, and reads nonsense. Outside, the sun shines and the birds chirp endlessly. She thinks about wings, and their increased potential for falling.   Inside, the air is still and full of other people’s noise. The bookcase is crooked, and read through too many … Continue reading “The Sad Girl”

May 9, 2017

Four Year Old Heart

by Greg Brisendine I was lost in a midnight ocean you asked if I was OK. I handed you the heart of a four-year-old   and a hammer.   The heart, abandoned early bricked away safely   had withered behind walls 40 years forgotten by a jailer too young to be building prisons.   Your … Continue reading “Four Year Old Heart”

April 25, 2017

The Machines Have Gathered An Army And As I Speak That Army Is Drawing Nearer To Our Home But I Am Unafraid Because I Remember That Which Matters Most: We Are Still Here

some of us.     Michael Alden is an educator, bloviator, and shambling hulk currently based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A former co-slammaster for Rain City, they also represented Rain City Slam at NPS and IWPS 2016, and the University of Washington at CUPSI 2014. Their work has previously appeared in Magma, Drunken Boat, and elsewhere.

April 18, 2017

Poem to Translate the Poems

(After Jeanann Verlee) by Honey Sanaa   a clean mirror is loving myself. the bed is sanctuary, temple. these hands are a reaching steeple, telling God how holy i have tried to be. the bombs are my bones clanging to be released back to the dust of this holy land. this pen is the armor, … Continue reading “Poem to Translate the Poems”

April 11, 2017

[He picked me up]

  He picked me up from school on Wednesdays. I ran like wild seriola into the waves. The car smelled like Heineken and unprotected sex. I wasn’t afraid. I plunged deeper and deeper into the water, my light-up sneakers exploding blue, then red, then white. We crossed El Cajon Boulevard and drove through the heart … Continue reading “[He picked me up]”

April 8, 2017

Paul Tran Wins Nuyo Grand Slam!

Rain City Grand Slam feature Paul Tran became the first Asian American in over two decades to hold the title of Grand Slam Champion at Nuyorican Poets Cafe, one of the country’s oldest and most venerable slam venues. And they’re coming to Seattle next. Remember to purchase your tickets in advance — they’re cheaper online … Continue reading “Paul Tran Wins Nuyo Grand Slam!”



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