The Death Rattle was born out of a hunger for more opportunity. It was born out of a frustration with the lack of unaffiliated, independent outlets for up and coming writers to share with a live audience. We are pushing the festival into existence so that aspiring writers have a place alongside professionals to celebrate their literary endeavors, and so audiences have fresh and compelling ways to look at themselves and their world.
The 2016 Death Rattle Writers Festival has developed into a raucous four day celebration of the literary arts: poetry, flash fiction, one act plays, hip-hop, short fiction, true live stories and more. The festival rolls through a variety of venues in Nampa, Idaho on October 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th.
We believe that the Death Rattle Writers Festival represents a reverberation of raw speech and artistic opportunity in Idaho; lending voice to those in our community who are given little chance to speak. We want to make the invisible, visible. We want to make the impossible, possible. We want to make the unstimulated, stimulated.
Here is a look at Death Rattle 2016's featured poets, authors, and musical guests.
Quenton Baker is a poet and educator from Seattle. His current focus is the fact of blackness in American society. He is the author of the chapbook Diglossic in the Second America and his first full-length collection This Glittering Republic is forthcoming from Willow Books. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as Vinyl, Apogee, Poetry Northwest, The James Franco Review, and Cura and in the anthologies Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters and It Was Written: Poetry Inspired by Hip-Hop. He has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Southern Maine and was a 2014 Pushcart Prize nominee. He is a 2015-2016 Made at Hugo House fellow.
Nora Cooper is a 2015 semifinalist at the Collegiate Undergrad Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI), has been featured on Button Poetry, and reviewed by "The Verge". She has been nominated for the Peter Rotter Undergraduate Essay Prize, and shares the same name as a yellow lab. She is the host of "The Word", UCLA's open mic poetry series.
Jamondria Marnice Harris is a poet & artist living in Portland, Or. They use words, sounds, wires, instruments, textiles & what falls into their hands to engage with blackness, desire, decolonization, fairy tales, femme supremacy, & body horror. They are a VONA Workshop Fellow, among other things.
Olivia Olivia is a Salvadoran writer living in Portland, Oregon. She came to the United States as a child and has spent considerable amounts of times trying to be American and trying to Not Be American. Having spent several years in Berlin after having graduated with a degree in Creative Writing from Reed College in 2009, she specializes in writing about exile, immigration, and the afterlife.
Her writing can be found on Salon, the Portland Observer, Queen Mob’s Tea House, and The Rumpus, among other places. She is a Tin House Summer Writers Workshop 2008 scholarship recipient and a Voices of Our Nations 2012 graduate. She is founder and president of the Oregon Writers of Color, and volunteers as a Wordstock Literary Festival advisory council member for Literary Arts.
Mike Young is the author of two poetry collections: 2014’s Sprezzatura (Publishing Genius Press), and 2010’s We Are All Good If They Try Hard Enough (Publishing Genius Press), which was selected by readers of The Believer as one of the Top 20 Poetry Books of 2010.
He is also the author of the 2010 story collection Look! Look! Feathers (Word Riot Press), which Publishers Weekly called "relevant, wise, and immensely enjoyable.” In 2015, Black Cake Records released his first album Imagine a Fire You Can Wear as a Coat.
For 10 years, Young has published and designed the free online/print literary magazine NOÖ Journal, and for 7 years he's run a small press called Magic Helicopter Press. He’s been a guest reader at Brown, Cal Poly, Emory, the Center for Fiction in NYC, and elsewhere. He lives in Portland, OR.
Adam Rubinstein is a poet, photographer, editor, designer, birthfather, tinkerer, and composting enthusiast. He has published many chapbooks, and a few books. For much of the 2000s he wore every hat at Destructible Heart Press, a gourmet mostly-chapbook publisher with a yen for the surreal. In 2006 he began writing a novel in poems about the end of the world, which keeps happening in his hometown of Wellesley, MA. He's currently finishing a book of poems about power, sex, and depression called Couchfucker. He mostly travels by rail; loves making books, sorbet, and hummus; and finds a deep satisfaction in helping travelers regain their equilibrium. dredgecycle.com // stoppeddown.studio // gourmetbookdesign.com
I am Leafraker. I am called this because i ritualistically rake leaves. to me it is an arcane dance, ghastly abstract, a neurotic sacrament, the significance of which is my unspoken joy, desire, terror & misery. To date I have broken three rakes from perfervid, abnormal usage. LISTEN HERE