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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.

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”

March 21, 2017

Keep up

by Ida Kemper   Or how my perspective of growing up younger than a brother With a single Jewish mother in The 80’s shaped my gender-based personal expectations About myself, life, the universe and the unending feeling I am doing everything wrong. Or Childhood lessons from Growing up in an alternative family How to be … Continue reading “Keep up”

March 16, 2017


by Shanna Alden What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow? Like, the kind that hangs from mud-daubed nests off lakeside cliffs If I knew I might be able to estimate how long It would take one to fly 1200 miles to me With a beakful of honeysuckle Or mesquite and mistletoe Could one … Continue reading “Untitled”

March 6, 2017

“Did you know that when I eat broccoli I’m eating the sun?”

by Huimin Wan   When the sun submerges itself in spinning And the other room inhabitants close their eyes, The sun eats a sliver of me.   My focus is but a shooting star— Glaring and fleeting. My cape is still not for flying, Only for huddling with each mouthful Of myself, Chunks too big … Continue reading ““Did you know that when I eat broccoli I’m eating the sun?””

March 2, 2017

Apply for Rain City’s FINAL 2017 Teaching Fellowship

  Continuing Rain City’s long-term goal to focus on education and community engagement, and following our Teaching Fellowships at Renton Academy and Cornish College, we are very excited to announce the final Rain City Teaching Fellowship for 2017 in partnership with the student groups of Seattle University. The latest fellowship emerges from a partnership with Seattle U. … Continue reading “Apply for Rain City’s FINAL 2017 Teaching Fellowship”

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