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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.



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!”

April 4, 2017

I Fell In Love with the Sun

by Jane Belinda   I fell in love with the sun in the Winter Time. Long distance just suits me better. She doesn’t call me or say my name and I like that she pretends she’s not seeing other weather patterns. It makes this storm between us feel more special.   Wow I am so … Continue reading “I Fell In Love with the Sun”

March 30, 2017

Villain: Elle

  It’s not a poem. It doesn’t even rhyme, those slutty syllables that rant and rave. You’ll answer for your literary crimes. You’ve got no meter, maid, you can’t keep time. You set the masters spinning in their graves. It’s not a poem (it doesn’t even rhyme); it’s page-splayed feelings. In your paradigm, why learn … Continue reading “Villain: Elle”

March 29, 2017

2017 Rain City Grand Slam (featuring Paul Tran)

On April 19th at Hale’s Palladium, nine of Seattle’s top poets will face off in Rain City’s annual Grand Slam Championship. This literary showdown will decide who represents Rain City Poetry Slam at the 2017 National Poetry Slam in Denver, CO. Poetic passion? Healing, humanity, and howling harangues? Daring declamations of derring-do? You’ll see all … Continue reading “2017 Rain City Grand Slam (featuring Paul Tran)”

March 26, 2017

Imani Sims Is Rain City’s Seattle University Teaching Fellow

The Rain City Poetry Slam community is pleased to announce the last of our 2016-2017 Rain City Teaching Fellowships, who will lead the Slam and Spoken Word Poetry Workshop for the students of the Seattle University.   Working in partnership with the campus Muslim Students Association, Survivor Support Network, United Filipino Club, and the Black Student Union, … Continue reading “Imani Sims Is Rain City’s Seattle University Teaching Fellow”



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