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Rain City Slam Grand Slam Championships

  • Hale's Ales Palladium 4301 Leary Way Northwest Seattle, WA, 98107 United States (map)

On April 19th at Hales 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 Boulder, CO. Poetic passion? Healing, humanity, and howling harangues? Daring declamations of derring-do? You'll see all that and more!

The 2017 Grand Slam is headlined by Paul Tran, a Pushcart Prize-nominated Vietnamese American poet. Tran's breathtaking work explores themes that include identity, intergenerational trauma, and sexual violence.

Meet us at Hale's for a night of amazing energy, community, and--of course--poetry. Rain City Grand Slam is presented in partnership with City Arts.

Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for under 21/student. Tickets will be available at the door for $15 general admission, $7 for under 21/student.

*No one turned away for inability to pay.*

Rain City Slam is provide a headquarters for Seattle Spoken Word Poets of all ages to create, learn, teach and find a poetry community. Our vision is to establish a safe space where poetry can be discovered, inspired, learned and showcased without boundaries. Rain City Poetry Slam is a fiscally sponsored project of CascadiaNow!

Rain City Poetry 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 will ban any person or persons involved in those acts. Guests will seek and respect the bodily and creative autonomy of other community members; this includes but isn't limited to unauthorized touching or affection, or unauthorized reproduction or communication of onstage work. Any person whose safety has been threatened in any way should report the occurrence to a member of the Rain City Poetry Slam board. The board will keep information confidential and anonymous and provide any support requested. Absolutely NO ONE is above the rules expressed here, and inappropriate, dangerous, hateful or violent behavior is unacceptable for the entire community.