Death Rattle Writers Fest Day - 4
Oct
8
to Oct 9

Death Rattle Writers Fest Day - 4

Welcome to the final night of the Fourth Annual Death Rattle Writers Festival! 

We start the final events at Lloyd Square with One-Act Plays from local playwrights and authors, Dakotah Brown and Dig Reeder. They will be directing, writing, and producing two one-act plays that will make you sad, not sad, happy, and feel like the plays are actually giving you hugs, all while celebrating the poetic nature of drama.

Following a one-hour intermission we commence our LGBTQIA readers showcase, spotlighting poet Jayy Dodd!, as well as many more regional/local readers.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST we invite you to join us for LITAF!! This event will take place once again at the "Cave," a prohibition-era speakeasy in the back of Pete's Tavern, the oldest bar in Historic Downtown Nampa. We’ll be ending the festival in salacious style with explicit short story and poetry readings from the finest, filthiest 21+ writers in Idaho & beyond!

Schedule Oct. 8th:

5:30pm – 7:00pm: One-Act Plays: Featuring the work of local playwrights! All ages!
at Lloyd Square, Nampa, ID

8:00pm – 9:30pm: LGBTQIA Poetry Reading!
Featuring Jayy Dodd and local honeys
at Lloyd Square, Nampa, ID

10:00pm – 12:00pm: LIT AF!!: Explicit Poetry and Short Stories! 21+!
at the "Cave" in Pete's Tavern – cash only bar!

CLICK HERE TO RSVP ON FACEBOOK

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Motherland: A Story Collage of Refugee Experiences
Oct
7
5:30pm 5:30pm

Motherland: A Story Collage of Refugee Experiences

For nearly four decades the Treasure Valley has been welcoming refugees. Although the current administration has put a hault to these vital programs, the Refugee community continues to grow and thrive, the Death Rattle Writers Festival and Idaho Office for Refugees bring you these unique and powerful stories, told live at Motherland: A Story Collage of Refugee Experiences.

Our friends and neighbors will share their experiences on the themes of culture, family and community. Stay tuned for our Storytellers' bios!


Please consider donating to this campaign ~ all funds raised go directly to the Storytellers at this event for their time and travel. Thank you for supporting this community and for helping leverage resources to hear the stories that are often unheard. 💕 CLICK HERE TO DONATE.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP on facebook and receive updates.

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Mike Young: You Can Pick a Whole Way Yr Body Scoops the Poem Out
Oct
7
2:00pm 2:00pm

Mike Young: You Can Pick a Whole Way Yr Body Scoops the Poem Out

YOU CAN PICK A WHOLE WAY YOUR BODY SCOOPS THE POEM OUT
A WORKSHOP ABOUT HOW TO PERFORM POETRY, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE A LITTLE SHY

It’s just a little something coming out your body. It was there to begin with, don’t be afraid of it now. You can let the weight of whatever piece of the poem is the most weighty—the subject, the words, the sounds, all of it—tilt your shoulders. You can stomp the poem down into the ground once you’ve scooped it out, so you don’t start a brush fire. You can allow the poem to make you as weird in public as you were when you wrote the poem.

You can allow the poem to make you as weird in public as you were when you wrote the poem.

In this workshop, we will explore what it means to “read” a poem out loud. Read is probably a terrible world. A better word might be perform, or intone, or summon, or summoning, or reckon, or slam, or huff, or hopefully you will find your own word. We will try to get better at whatever it is to bring a poem out loud.

We might already know about poetry’s birth in the oral tradition as an act of collective memorization. We might already know about the desire of a song, a lifted voice, to imitate grief, to conjure the moan so the feeling doesn’t go lost.

In this workshop, we will explore how to memorize our poems somewhere in our body. We will practice a little. We might do a theatre game that isn’t dumb. We will watch a few videos of people who are good at bringing their poetry into the room, and we will talk about how they are good. We will talk about urgency and shyness. Activism and audience. Faking it to get your secrets true. We will talk about basements and microphones.

If we really get on a roll, we might go beyond workshopping how to perform poetry and start workshopping how to be a good poetry audience member, how to make a good poetry series—it’s all in the same room.

We love you, and we’re not here to "listen." We’re here to be with you and yes and. We’re in the poem now. This will be a workshop for scooping the poem into the room.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP ON FACEBOOK

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). In 2015, Black Cake Records released his first album Imagine a Fire You Can Wear as a Coat.

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Death Rattle Writers Festival Day - 3
Oct
7
12:00pm12:00pm

Death Rattle Writers Festival Day - 3

Welcome to the third day of the Fourth Annual Death Rattle Writers Festival! 

The day will start with DEATH RATTLE BOOK FAIR at the Wall-Street Alley & PreFunk Beer Bar Nampa! This is where all the wonderful poets and authors who have participated in this year's festival will have a space to sell their BOOKS and talk to each and every one of you. Local and regional writers will partake along with local book stores in the Treasure Valley. Oh snap and we also have regional and local CHAPBOOKS and anthologies to view or purchase along with ZINES and COMICS oooh my gawd! [All ages; 21+ get a $1 Mimosa w/ purchase of a book or zine!] Click HERE to RSVP and receive updates! 

Up next, poet and author Mike Young will be teaching a free workshop at the Nampa Public Library! Mike says, "In this workshop, we will explore what it means to “read” a poem out loud. In this workshop, we will explore how to memorize our poems somewhere in our body. We will practice a little. We will talk about urgency and shyness. Activism and audience. Faking it to get your secrets true. We will talk about basements and microphones." Click HERE to RSVP to Mike's workshop! 

After a late-afternoon break, we'll head to Flying M Coffeegarage to hear first-hand stories from members of the Treasure Valley's growing refugee community, as they expound on the themes of culture, family and community in "Motherland: A Story Collage of Refugee Experiences." With Idaho Office for Refugees, coordinated by Amanda Ranth.

Click HERE to RSVP and receive updates.

Next, join us at Lloyd Square for a reading by our keynote poet, the incredible Serena Chopra. Featured writer Robert Lashley will also read his work, along with many other amazing local and regional poets in this major showcase.

AT NIGHT, AT LONG LAST, we celebrate the art and medium of HIP-HOP with two incredible Eastcoast artists: Donte Player [stage name Cauzndefx.], a native DMV artist with an eclectic taste for visual art, music and the occasional poetry; and FreshProduce., a Cleveland-based collective comprised of DJ Red-I (production) and Playne Jayne (vox).                             Hosted at Lloyd Square. CLICK HERE TO RSVP to the show!

Schedule Oct 7th: 

12:00am – 2:30pm - DEATH RATTLE BOOK FAIR: Books/Zines/Comics from local & regional writers & booksellers! All ages; 21+ get a $1 mimosa w/ book/zine purchase!
at Wall-Street Alley & PreFunk Beer Bar Nampa

2:00pm – 3:30pm: Free Workshop: Mike Young - YOU CAN PICK A WHOLE WAY YOUR BODY SCOOPS THE POEM OUT: A Workshop about how to perform poetry, especially if you are a little shy. Will be held at the Nampa Public Library

5:30pm – 7:00pm: Motherland: A Story Collage of Refugee Experiences,                     with Idaho Office for Refugees, & coordinated by Amanda Ranth
at Flying M Coffeegarage

8:00pm – 9:30pm: Keynote & Main Poetry Showcase
Featuring keynote Serena Chopra, spotlight Robert Lashley and many more!
at Lloyd Square, Nampa, ID

9:45 pm – 11:30pm: Hip-Hop Night! All ages!
Featuring FreshProduce. & Cauzndefx.
at Lloyd Square, Nampa, ID

FreshProduce.
https://soundcloud.com/freshproduce-4/sets/4080a

Cauzndefx.:
http://cauzndefx.bandcamp.com/album/blkbmbr-baby-thats-no-hero
http://cauzndefx.bandcamp.com/album/xiv-vol-4-ft-cauzndefx

CLICK HERE TO RSVP ON FACEBOOK

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DRWF Presents G ! R L C R 3 W, BRAT // TAIL & DJ DumpstaFRE$H
Oct
6
9:30pm 9:30pm

DRWF Presents G ! R L C R 3 W, BRAT // TAIL & DJ DumpstaFRE$H

Next time on Death Rattle Writers Festival...

G1RL CR3W's muscles erupt with their newly unbridled power!

And Lloyd Square sends their teen titans to test Gay Sports's strength all at once!

Destination112 reveals they too know Death Rattle's special moves, but it's too little too late... and DJ DUMPSTAFRE$H is prepared to destroy!

... on the next episode of DEATH RATTLE WRITERS FESTIVAL !!

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G1RL CR3W is an all-staR&B/hip-hop dream team of women & femmes ~169% dedicated to $hakin that a$$~

Gay Sports is a chaotic queerful electro-hellzone generator with four heads & ~69,000 tone bank presets~

DJ DUMPSTAFRE$H is the new kid in town w/ the stellar sound, the ~69th President of Gettin Down~

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9:30pm – 11:00pm: OPENING RECEPTION PARTY!!
Featuring G1RL CR3W & Gay Sports
at Lloyd Square // 3.OO dollar donation at the door

10:00pm – 1:00am: OPENING RECEPTION AFTER-PARTY!!
Featuring DJ DUMPSTAFRE$H
at Destination 112 // 21+

CLICK HERE TO RSVP ON FACEBOOK

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Death Rattle Writers Fest Day - 2
Oct
6
to Oct 7

Death Rattle Writers Fest Day - 2

Welcome to the second day of the Fourth Annual Death Rattle Writers Festival! 

The day will begin at the Nampa Public Library with some amazing readers in both Fiction and Poetry, with featured poet Rachael Jensen and Indrani Sengupta, and local and regional writers.

Following a one hour intermission we will reconvene at the Wall-Street Alley & PreFunk Beer Bar Nampa for Haiku Night! Drinkers and writers alike are encouraged to come out for a night of improv haiku. Prizes and sake involved! Click here to RSVP to Haiku Night! 

THEN celebrate the ruckus with our OPENING RECEPTION PARTY showcasing local musicans! Featuring performances from G1RL CR3W, Gay Sports, and DJ DUMPSTAFRE$H!    My god... Fem/Queer Chaos af ♥ !!
Did we mention it's at Lloyd Square?? And you can RSVP to this show HERE?!? 

And you say this is only day two of the festival?!?

Schedule Oct 6th: 

5:00pm – 6:30pm: All-Ages Poetry and Fiction!
Featuring Rachel Jensen, including local and regional poets
at Nampa Public Library

7:30pm – 9:00pm: Haiku Night! All ages!
at Wall-Street Alley and PreFunk Beer Bar Nampa

9:30pm – 11:00pm: OPENING RECEPTION PARTY!!
Featuring G1RL CR3W & Gay Sports 
at Lloyd Square // ALL AGES // 3.OO donation at door

 CLICK HERE TO RSVP to the show and after-party!

10:00pm – 1:00am: OPENING RECEPTION AFTER-PARTY!!
Featuring DJ DUMPSTAFRE$H
at Destination 112 // 21+

 

CLICK HERE TO RSVP TO DAY TWO ON FACEBOOK

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The Spill: OMEN
Oct
5
5:02pm 5:02pm

The Spill: OMEN

You saw this coming, and now it's here...

The Spill: Omen. 
Event One of Death Rattle – Day 1

Death Rattle Writers Festival presents: The Spill                                                                  Come listen to true stories told by real people. 

Attendees are invited to come and listen to a wide array of true stories on the theme Omen. They can also tell a five-minute true story live that relates literally or figuratively to the poem of the night: "1066, or" by Alexander Yann who will be at the event to read their poem LIVE. Hear poetry from Breana Bouyear as well after the break! 

♥ Tell us your stories involving omens. Like in Alex's poem, we are always reading the signs to try and predict what will happen. 💀  Tell us about the times predicting the future has worked, tell us of the times it has failed atrociously. Bring your stories.

What to Expect from the Night: Hear a poem, hear true stories, have a laugh, have a cry, learn about others. Then, stick around the flying for the a collection of poetry, featuring ♥♥Quenton Baker from Seattle and others at 8. Then, it's off to Prefunk for Flash Fiction.

We anticipate that some of you will be needing a delicious adult beverage, so we had the foresight to invite PreFunk Beer Bar Nampa to serve refreshing bevarages in the Flying M! 

Excerpt from "1066, or" by Aleksandr Yannikov

Today a dog with a handsome jawline crossed my path,
cradling in its maw a doll resembling yours truly. 

Now, my grandmother tells me this could mean one of two things,
one — that a major tectonic event will reshape the geopolitical landscape of the world as we know it leading to the collapse of modern civilization and the rise of the Soviet States of Papua New Guinea. 

The other is that my girlfriend Stacy will leave me for my sister Guinevere. 

Come along, invite your friends, like The Spill on facebook and its sponsors. Also check out our friends Flying M Coffeegarage. Admission is $3.00 at the door 

CLICK HERE TO RSVP ON FACEBOOK

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Death Rattle Writers Festival Day - 1
Oct
5
5:00pm 5:00pm

Death Rattle Writers Festival Day - 1

Welcome to the opening night of the Fourth Annual Death Rattle Writers Festival! 

We will be kicking off the festivities at Flying M Coffeegarage with The Spill: Fear Edition: an open-mic live storytelling event! Come share your real spooky stories based on this year's theme, "Omen." Click here to RSVP to The Spill! 


After a one-hour intermission we’ll be starting back up at the Flying M with rootin tootin baby bootin POETRY - Featuring Death Rattle's 2016 keynote Quenton Baker, along with local and regional poets. 

We will end the night at PreFunk Beer Bar Nampa by experiencing some Flash Fiction, 500-word-or-less stories on our theme, "Noir."

Death Rattle Writers Festival is dedicated to bringing together writers of all disciplines to celebrate the art of the word in Idaho, and we are pleased to commence the weekend with a rambunctious night that's a tad spooky... Truly a night of literary art that you won’t want to miss!

Schedule Oct 5th: 

5:30pm – 7:00pm: The Spill: Fear Edition! Theme – "Omen"
at Flying M Coffeegarage

8:00pm – 9:30pm: All-Ages Poetry Reading!
Featuring Quenton Baker, including local and regional poets
at Flying M Coffeegarage

10:00pm – 11:30pm: Flash Fiction
Original stories in 500 words or less! Theme – "Noir"
at PreFunk Beer Bar Nampa 

CLICK HERE TO RSVP ON FACEBOOK

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The Spill: Games We Play
Sep
1
8:00pm 8:00pm

The Spill: Games We Play

ON YOUR MARKS, GET SET...Death Rattle Writers Festival presents: The Spill. Come listen to true stories told by real people. 

RULES OF PLAY: Attendees are invited to come and listen to a wide array of true stories on the theme The Games We Play. They can also tell a five-minute true story live that relates literally or figuratively to the poem of the night: Fetch by Jonathan Schoenfelder who will be at the event to read their poem LIVE. ♥ Tell us your stories of games you play. Tell of your wins, your loses, your draws. Whether it is childhood games, board games, video games, real people sports, or relationship games. Bring your stories.

THE OBJECT OF THE GAME: Hear a poem, hear true stories, have a laugh, have a cry, learn about others. 

BONUS LEVEL UP: We have two awesome sidekicks on this quest! PreFunk Beer Bar Nampa will be serving cool drinks in the Flying M, and Spoonthumb Ice Cream will be serving cool scoops! 

FETCH By Jonathan Shoenfelder        

 
I'm hot, miserable, and sweating
she's hot, but she's not sweating
because she's a dog and dogs don't sweat

she brings me rocks and I throw them
those are the rules of this game:
throw a thing, and then fetch a thing
crusted slobbermud dries on my fingers
the rock goes and Juniper's mouth returns

this game has innumerable rules
their enumeration held in our objects
that the rock is not a dove
that my arm does not explode
that time and space and gravity go on

it's in the game that we're transformed
two incomprehensible species and a rock
into a single organic pulse
communicating instantly in this system
throw a thing, and then fetch a thing

we're inside and it's cooler here
Juniper panting laying on the floor
before she stretches, curls, and falls asleep
happily exhausted in her doggie dream
simple and, for now, incomprehensible


Come along, invite your friends, like The Spill's page and its sponsors: Death Rattle Writers Festival. Also check out our friends Flying M Coffeegarage. Admission is $3.00 at the door.

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Workshop: Playing with Plot in Live Storytelling
Aug
26
1:30pm 1:30pm

Workshop: Playing with Plot in Live Storytelling

Welcome to our FREE writing workshops that Death Rattle Writers Festival host annually.

Workshop Description: 
Playing with Plot in Live Storytelling

We tell stories in casual conversation, but there are times where it is higher stakes: a bigger audience, a bigger story, a significant audience or a significant story. In this work shop we are going to take one of the tools of literature and apply it to live storytelling. Often we tell live stories straight through, in a linear sequence. Beginning to end, plain and simple. Effective, but we want to elevate your storytelling skills. In this workshop we will look at ways to best take advantage of opportunities to maximize tension and anticipation by manipulating plot. We will practice switching sequence up, choosing intentionally what your audience knows and when they know it.

Nicholas Darlinton is a writer, educator and member of the Death Rattle Writers Festival. Recently, his work has been published in The Cabin's Writers in the Attic series. He directs the Idaho Scholastic Writing Awards for 7th-12th graders. He is also completing a Masters in Teaching English from BSU.

Materials Needed:
Notebook, utencils,laptop and yourself!

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Freak Prom: Under the Sea
Aug
17
to Aug 18

Freak Prom: Under the Sea

Party at Bikini Bottom!! Dress up in your favourite pool water blue
swimmings and snorkel on the elegant sea floor with your fish friends

Freak Prom is a LGBTQ, queer positive, trans positive party. Bigots will NOT be tolerated. Allies welcome.

All forms of gender expression strongly encouraged, respectfulness mandatory, freakiness imminent. And all for a good cause - proceeds directly support the Death Rattle Writers Festival*

Freak Prom Under the Sea is proud to present these aquatic musical acts for your prom dancing swim swims

Ruby Fray
Thick Business
DJ DON V A P O R

With friends like these, who needs anemones!?!

The Olympic Venue on Friday, August 19th at 8:00pm 21+
*$10 (all proceeds benefit Death Rattle Writers Festival 2017)

CLICK HERE TO RSVP ON FACEBOOK 

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Workshop: Noir - Hard Boiled Despair
Aug
12
7:00pm 7:00pm

Workshop: Noir - Hard Boiled Despair

Welcome to our FREE writing workshops that Death Rattle Writers Festival host annually. In addition to a thrilling workshop, we will be focusing on the FLASH FICTION theme for intended readings on October 5th on day four of the festival.

Death Rattle Workshop Series: Noir: Hard Boiled Despair
For beginning to intermediate writers, this workshop draws on the
diverse styles of Noir fiction and film such as hardboiled, existential, neo, and today’s contemporary variations on these rooted fiction styles. We will also be focusing on intersectionality in a genre that has been predominantly cis-male based. We will also explore the elements of noir classically attributed to the genre as they apply to others forms ofliterature and media.

Diana Forgione is the co-founder, host, and organizer of the Death Rattle Writers Festival, a Christopher Walken lookalike, a freelance writer and poet, and a judge and workshop instructor for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Their current interests are hard boiling eggs and deconstructing the psychosphere. They have an MFA in creative writing, are a member of the Writers Guild of America and perform their poetry at literary events across the PNW, including readings at Treefort Music Festival, Ghost and Projectors, The Cabin literary center and many others. They are currently refining an anthology of poetry for publication.

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Workshop: Super-Sleuthing Procedural Poetics
Jul
29
10:00am10:00am

Workshop: Super-Sleuthing Procedural Poetics

Welcome to our FREE writing workshops that Death Rattle Writers Festival host annually.

Death Rattle Workshop Series
Workshop Description: Poetry lurks everywhere, and our literary genius can often lead us astray or hold us back from discovering these precious secrets. At times like these it takes a detective, not a poet, to find the clues and put them together. In this workshop, participants will learn techniques from procedural poetics to create new works or revise older ones from an unexpected perspective. Unhampered by authorial control, we will use these techniques to find literary mcguffins in unexpected and startling places, often our own pieces of writing. Our emphasis will be on experimentation and discovery. Writers of all genres are welcome. Participants should bring their preferred word processors (pen and paper or otherwise). Randomizing elements like decks of cards or dice are optional.

Jonathan Schoenfelder is a poet, singer, and animal cremator living in Nampa, Idaho. He received a Bachelors in English from Boise State University and a Master of Fine Arts from Temple University. His work has appeared in Industrial Lunch and The Ill-Tempered Rubyist. He lives with his fiance, two dogs, cat, and several dozen birds.

Materials Needed:
Notebook, writing utensils, and or laptop

CLICK HERE TO RSVP ON FACEBOOK

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Read Ur Poems; Become a Bird with Hair ~ Feat. Grease Gun!
Jul
22
7:30pm 7:30pm

Read Ur Poems; Become a Bird with Hair ~ Feat. Grease Gun!

  • 519 South Orchard Street Boise, ID, 83705 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Death Rattle, prestigious purveyors of boisterous badinage & imprudent imparlance, invites you to take advantage of a special limited-time offer...

READ UR POEMS; BECOME A BIRD W/ HAIR !!
featuring the good guitar music of GREASE GUN !!

We found an old Withe of Winged Whimsy in the attic & it has exactly eight (8) charges left! If you come over & read some of your poems for us, then we will transform you into a bird! But that's not all! Your current human hairstyle at the time of bewitchery will transfer to your new bird-bod! This will grant you a +2 bonus to your charisma stat & automatically catalogue you in the Esteemed List of fictional birds, while dramatically increasing the likelihood of your being cast in a DreamWorks Animation movie for children & adult-presenting-persons-who-are-actually-children-like-Robin-Williams-in-Jack-or-Jennifer-Garner-in-13-Going-on-30-for-example!

PLEASE REMEMBER: This is a safe space event- no hate speech, phobic language, or slurs, respect and love your fellow community members and the house.

READING LIST SO FAR: We have 8 spots available in total!
1. Ameerah Bader
2. Jaclyn Rose Perez
3. Fatima Tall
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Suggested donation: $5, ALL PROCEEDS GO TOWARDS DEATH RATTLE WRITER'S FESTIVAL 2017

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The Spill: Stories of Great Expectations
Jul
6
8:00pm 8:00pm

The Spill: Stories of Great Expectations

Death Rattle Writers Festival presents: The Spill. Come listen to true stories told by real people. 

Attendees are invited to tell a five-minute true story live that relates literally or figuratively to the poem of the night: Pocket Knife by Brandon Fergusonwho will be at the event to read their poem LIVE. ♥ Tell us your stories of great expectations, of high hopes, of best-case-scenarios. Whether they are expectations of you or your expectations of others, come tell a true live story of or listen to others!

POEM: 
His sheath is too big for his blades and he knows
he may as well drive a giant lifted truck down
the highway, windshield flanked by towering silver
exhaust pipes special made to turn air black.
Smoke should pour from him.

Instead he disappoints young men. Tries
to tell them two blades are better
than one, size doesn’t matter.

They pull him open. He only resists
a little and soon they carve crisscrossed
stars and initialed hearts into
fake wood tables. It snows sawdust so
maybe they’re god; a small one that controls
local weather patterns.

He tries to stay sharp so he can cut off frog legs
or peel carrots. He whispers promises
into the whetstone: to kill, cleave, or wait

at the bottom of a purse by the foundation,
the powder kind. Some shook and settled in
his creases and now his joints tweak
when rainstorms near.



Come along, invite your friends, like The Spill's page and its sponsors:Death Rattle Writers Festival. Also check out our friends Flying M Coffeegarage. Admission is $3.00 at the door.
Community

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Death Rattle Hum: Quenton Baker + Touring poets.
Jun
29
6:00pm 6:00pm

Death Rattle Hum: Quenton Baker + Touring poets.

LOCATION & TIME: Thursday, June 29th, 6-8pm
Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar 

FEATURED POETS: 
Alex Yann
Griffin Rae Birdsong
Dig Reeder
Ricky Ramirez
Diana Forgione
and local Quenton Baker

Death Rattle Writers Festival is an Idaho based non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the Pacific Northwest together in a joyous celebration of the literary arts. Our goal is to not only cultivate opportunities for aspiring writers, but to create a chance to be inspired by the experience of others. The DRWF celebrates the written and spoken word in their many forms and gives equal opportunity to all members of our society. 

Death Rattle Hum is a migratory reading series designed to engage and involve the literary communities in Idaho’s neighboring states; spreading the word about Death Rattle Writers Festival, and featuring dynamic poetry from both emerging and established artists. This is Death Rattle’s debut Seattle showcase featuring touring poets Alex Yann, Griffin Rae Birdsong, Dig Reeder, Ricky Ramirez, Diana Forgione, and local Seattleite Quenton Baker.

Death Rattle is currently accepting submissions for poetry, fiction, flash fiction, and non-fiction annually. Submissions for Death Rattle 2017 will be accepted from May 1st to September 1st. Please Note: This submission is for the intent of live readings at the 2017 Death Rattle Writers Festival held on October 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th in Downtown Nampa, ID. The writer must be available for those dates to be considered. Unpublished and published works are both accepted for this event. 

Be on the look out for bios in the coming weeks!

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Death Rattle Hum:
Jun
28
6:00pm 6:00pm

Death Rattle Hum:

Broken Mic is a FREE, ALL AGES, weekly cult classic poetry extravaganza / open mic, Wednesdays at Neato Burrito in Spokane, WA. Sign up with the host at 6:00 for your three minutes at the microphone, the reading starts at 6:30. Join us this week for a special guest appearance by Death Rattle Hum: A Poetry Reading Series featuring the incredible delectable Death Rattle Writers Festival Troubadours (not troubadours).  

FEATURED POETS: 
Alex Yann
Griffin Rae Birdsong
Dig Reeder
Ricky Ramirez
Diana Forgione

Death Rattle Writers Festival is an Idaho based non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the Pacific Northwest together in a joyous celebration of the literary arts. Our goal is to not only cultivate opportunities for aspiring writers, but to create a chance to be inspired by the experience of others. The DRWF celebrates the written and spoken word in their many forms and gives equal opportunity to all members of our society. 

Death Rattle Hum is a migratory reading series designed to engage and involve the literary communities in Idaho’s neighboring states; spreading the word about Death Rattle Writers Festival, and featuring dynamic poetry from both emerging and established artists. This is Death Rattle’s second Broken Mic showcase; featuring touring poets Alex Yann, Griffin Rae Birdsong, Dig Reeder, Ricky Ramirez, and Diana Forgione.

Death Rattle is currently accepting submissions for poetry, fiction, flash fiction, and non-fiction annually. Submissions for Death Rattle 2017 will be accepted from May 1st to September 1st. Please Note: This submission is for the intent of live readings at the 2017 Death Rattle Writers Festival held on October 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th in Downtown Nampa, ID. The writer must be available for those dates to be considered. Unpublished and published works are both accepted for this event. 

Broken Mic does not censor for content, participant discretion is advised.

SPECIALS
1$ Grilled Cheese
1$ PBR
1$ Olympia
1$ Soda

 

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Poetry IN A HOUSE OR YARD ~ a Death Rattle House or Yard Show
Jun
10
7:30pm 7:30pm

Poetry IN A HOUSE OR YARD ~ a Death Rattle House or Yard Show

Death Rattle continues to promote the wanton reading of poems & ribald displays of speechcraft! You are hereby invited to witness...

POETRY IN A HOUSE OR YARD !!

Have you ever wanted to tell poems to a group of people? Then you are in luck! In this event, the poetry will be provided by you & your best friends, and you will read it in a house or possibly in the back yard of a house. You may be thinking, "These are non-traditional venues for the exhibition of poems!" but you may rest assured that Death Rattle is prepared to deliver the goods in any space: traditional, non-traditional, goofy, switch, non-Euclidean, etc. We have thought of everything!

Spots are NOW OPEN - in order to sign up, please: 
-Like the Death Rattle Writer's Festival Page on Facebook
-Send us a sample of your work by messaging the page directly!

PLEASE REMEMBER: This is a safe space event- no hate speech, phobic language, or slurs, respect and love your fellow community members and the house.

READING LIST SO FAR: We have 8 spots available in total!
1. Frankie Gee
2. Lydia Havens
3. Doug Kopec
4. Michael McKee Green
5. Dig Reeder
6. Patty Bowen
7. TBA
8. TBA

Suggested donation: $5, ALL PROCEEDS GO TOWARDS DEATH RATTLE WRITER'S FESTIVAL 2017

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Haiku Night - A Death Rattle Fundraiser!
Jun
2
7:30pm 7:30pm

Haiku Night - A Death Rattle Fundraiser!

The Death Rattle Writers Festival and PreFunk Beer Bar Nampa
Present: Haiku Night June 2nd, at 7:30pm. Drinkers and Writers a like are encouraged to come out to a night of improv Haiku's. The more you drink the more we raise for the Death Rattle Writer's Festival happening in October!

WHAT IS A HAIKU? 

The Haiku is an ancient japanese form of poetry, the english version of which has a certain number of syllables in each of three lines. like this:

Five syllables here
Seven more syllables here
Five more at the end. 

The poems traditionally are centered around idea's of time, place and nature, the americanized versions can be about anything at all. 

HOW HAIKU NIGHT WORKS: 

The event will be round based in which patrons will have 3 minutes to come up with there own on-the-fly Haikus and then read them.
Each round will have a theme to incorporate into your haiku, and at the end of the round we share our haiku's and the audience will decide on a favorite. After all the rounds are done, all of the favorite haiku writers will face off in a Death Haiku round for a Local store/restaurant Gift Certificate/Prize.

Prefunk will also have drink Special of Japanese Lager and for the night. 

Come for Haikus
stay for the Japanese booze
blah blah blah get drunk.

*Will take place in the alley of Prefunk, areas outside the gated drinking area will be All Ages.*

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BLAST OFF! Death Rattle House Show/This Saxophone Kills Fascists
Apr
28
7:30pm 7:30pm

BLAST OFF! Death Rattle House Show/This Saxophone Kills Fascists

It's the first house show of the Death Rattle season! Where first time readers and old ass/dryspell/newfoundglories/retiring/rebelbuckets/ (we're looking for new meat) poets blast off into a black hole and become a horse. 
Meanwhile whos emerging from the dank abyss? ARRINGTON DE DIONYSO with his experimental project THIS SAXOPHONE KILLS FASCISTS!

Spots are NOW OPEN - in order to sign up, please: 
-Like the Death Rattle Writer's Festival Page on Facebook
-Send us a sample of your work by messaging the page directly!

PLEASE REMEMBER: This is a safe space event- no hate speech, phobic language, or slurs, respect and love your fellow community members and house.


READING LIST SO FAR: We have 8 spots available in total!
1. Huma Aatifi
2. Emerson Curtright
3. Marshall Harris
4. Alfie Hernández
5.Griffin Rae Birdsong
6. Alex Fox
7.Rickey Ramirez
8.Jonathan Schoenfelder

MUSIC: This Saxophone Kills Fascists (Olympia) https://thissaxophonekillsfascists.bandcamp.com/


Suggested donation: $5 ALL PROCEEDS GO TORWARDS DEATHRATTLEWRITERSFESTIVAL 2017 BB >:3

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Storyfort: This is Hip-hop/Spoken word/R&B
Mar
25
12:00pm12:00pm

Storyfort: This is Hip-hop/Spoken word/R&B

This hip-hop Q&A is a collaboration between Storyfort, Death Rattle Writers Festival and Treefort Music Fest. We’ll be providing artists performing at the fest a platform to explore the nuances and creativity of their work. The complexity of hip-hop and R&B as a genre is vast and varied, and this Q&A will provide an opportunity for panelists to answer questions about what influences their process and how their art informs audiences both new and old. The goal is to emphasize the common bonds of hip-hop/spoken word/R&B with the literary world, and how these artists utilize language to describe everything from cultural hardship to the mundane and droll.

Moderators: Diana Forgione & Alex Yann

Panelists:
Leafraker
Zee Will
Lalin St. Juste (singer/lyricist from The Seshen)
G Yamazawa

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Storyfort: Death in the Afternoon
Mar
21
12:00am12:00am

Storyfort: Death in the Afternoon

All Ages
as part of Treefort Music Fest, Storyfort and Death Rattle Writers Festival present:

Poets on stage listening to poets? Sounds right up Storyfort's weird alley! Storyfort and Death Rattle invite you to experience this unconventional examination of the creative process. During an introspective performance of art and poetry Mike Young, Griffin Birdsong, and Ameerah Bader will listen to their own poetry along with the audience, in the style of Samuel Beckett's famous play "Krapp's Last Tape." Recordings feature original musical compositions by Brett Hawkins. 

At the Owhyhee Treefort Gallery

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Death Rattle Writers Fest. Day 4
Oct
9
12:00pm12:00pm

Death Rattle Writers Fest. Day 4

Welcome to the final night of the Death Rattle Writers Festival! Start off the final day of the festival at Café Fuego: a ‘pop up’ house café for breakfast and lunch (all donations go to Death Rattle) before heading to the final day of the fest.Plates will run anywhere from $4.00 - $10.00.

After your done filling your tum tums on some yum yums head over with your bum bums to the first annual DEATH RATTLE BOOK FAIR! Where all the wonderful poets and authors who have participated in this festival will have a space to sell their BOOKS and talk to each and every one of you. Locals and regional writers will partake along local book stores in the treasure valley. Oh snap and we also have regional and local CHAPBOOKSanthologies to view or purchase along with ZINES oooh my gawd. 

We start the readings with our main Fiction/Non-Fiction segments featuring Portland's Olivia Olivia and additional regional/local authors TBA.

Then in HomeGrown Theatre and Death Rattle Present: NIGHT MOVES: One act plays featuring local playrights and local authors, with a script in hand performance. If you went to the Blip series and saw these plays in their adolecent form just wait until tonight! These writers have been developing these plays further over the last 3 months for a wonderful and full performance.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST we have Explicit Night: Featuring poet+ author Adam Rubinstein. This event will take place once again at the ‘Cave,’ a prohibition era speakeasy in the back of Pete’s Tavern, the oldest bar in Historic Downtown Nampa. We’ll be ending the festival in style with explicit short story and poetry readings from Idaho’s finest 21+ writers. 

Schedule Oct. 10:
12:00pm-4:00pm - Pop up Cafe
1:00pm - 4:00pm: Book Fair

5:30pm – 7:00pm: All Ages, Fiction/Non Fiction- Featuring Olivia Olivia and local/Northwest authors.

8:00pm - 9:00pm: All Ages, Homegrown Theater One Act Plays; dramatic readings featuring the work of local playwrights.

10:00pm – 12:00pm: 21+, Pete’s Tavern the ‘Cave’, Explicit Poetry and Short Stories.

Locations: TBA {4_4}

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Death Rattle Writers Fest. Day 3
Oct
8
2:00pm 2:00pm

Death Rattle Writers Fest. Day 3

It's the 3rd day of The Third Annual Death Rattle Writers Festival! The day will start out with some beers, pens and panels with the ♥ COMIX & ILLUSTRATION ♥ group, where graphic novels and good attitude are the main focus! There will be books to view and writers and illustrators at the event to talk to.

Later in the afternoon, Big Tree Arts Inc presents: A poetry slam that could literally break open the San Andreas Fault with the sheer dankness in content. We have four amazing regional teams,(Boise,Spokane, and two teams from Salt Lake City) will partake in a "Win and You're In" the 'in' being that you're accepted into the National Poetry Slam. 

THEN our main featured key note poet Quenton Baker will read his work with many other amazing local and regional poets in this major slot.

Last but not least, we celebrate the art and medium of Hip-hop, with two incredible artists; former Idaho Falls now proud Nampian Leafraker and Donte Player (stage name Cauzndefx.) a native DMV artist with an eclectic taste for visual art, music and the occasional poetry. We have reason to believe he has also literally set a mic on fire, once.

Schedule Oct 9th: 

2:30pm- 5:00pm: Comix Club- Local group of graphic novel appreciators, illustrators, and writers. We just hang.

5:30pm - 7:00pm: All ages, Regional Poetry Slam - Featuring teams from (Salt Lake City, Spokane, and Boise)

8:00pm - 9:30pm: All ages, Keynote & main poetry showcase featuringQuenton Baker and many more! 

10:00pm -11:30pm: All ages, Hip-Hop Night - Featuring performers: Cauzndefx + Leafraker

Leafraker: 
https://soundcloud.com/leafraker

Cauzndefx:
http://cauzndefx.bandcamp.com/album/blkbmbr-baby-thats-no-hero
http://cauzndefx.bandcamp.com/album/xiv-vol-4-ft-cauzndefx

Locations: TBA >:@

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Death Rattle Writers Fest. Day 2
Oct
7
5:30pm 5:30pm

Death Rattle Writers Fest. Day 2

Welcome to the second day of The Third Annual Death Rattle Writers Festival! The day will start out with some amazing young adults reading their work in a safe and fruitful enviroment to only futher the creative inspiration. So support some cuties.

Following a one hour intermission we commence with our LGBTQ showcase of readers spotlighting Portland's Sara June Woods! and many more local readers.

THEN celebrate the rukus with our OPENING RECEPTION PARTY w/ Duck Club showcasing local and regional musicans. Performers TBA. My god...and you say this is only day two of the festival?

Schedule Oct 7th: 

5:30pm – 6:30pm: All ages, Poetry and fiction readings from our Young Adult section. 

8:00pm – 9:30pm: LGBTQ Poetry reading featuring Sara June Woods and local honeys.

10:00pm - 11:30pm: Duck Club Presents: Opening Reception - Local and regional musicans TBA.

Locations: TBA :$

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Death Rattle Writers Fest. Day 1
Oct
6
5:30pm 5:30pm

Death Rattle Writers Fest. Day 1

Welcome to the opening night of the Third Annual Death Rattle Writers Festival! We will be kicking off the festivities with readings from headlining poets, amazing and supportive local poets, and all ages readers. 

After a one hour intermission we’ll be searching and sharing our true and dark stories with The Spill: Don’t Cry Over Spilt Stories, Fear Edition: an open-mic live story telling event! The theme being "The Truth is out there"

We will end the night at PreFunk Beer Bar Nampa experiencing some scifi/horror Flash Fiction, 500 word or less stories on the theme "Enter The Psychosphere" Featuring Mike Young as our spotlight/reader.

Truly a night of literary art that you won’t want to miss, The Death Rattle Writers Festival is pleased to commence the weekend with a rambunctious and a tad spooky night, dedicated to bringing together writers of all disciplines to celebrate the art of the word in Idaho.

Schedule Oct 6th: 

5:30pm – 7:00pm: , All ages, Poetry readings including local and headlining poets. 

8:00pm – 9:30pm: The Spill: Don’t Cry Over Spilt Stories. Theme - ‘The Truth is Out There" 

10:00pm - 11:30pm: Flash Fiction, 500 words or less on the theme "Enter The Psychosphere"

Locations: TBA SOON! :3

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FREAK PROM feat. Thick Business, Candace and DJ Puppycat (benefit for Death Rattle Writers Festival)
Aug
19
8:00pm 8:00pm

FREAK PROM feat. Thick Business, Candace and DJ Puppycat (benefit for Death Rattle Writers Festival)

Death Rattle Writers Festival and Duck Club present:
FREAK PROM 2000: FUTURE WORLD

Beep beep boop the future is upon us! Come party like it’s a 2016-themed-future-party in 1999. All forms of GENDER WIZARDRY are encouraged. Freak Prom is a queer positive, trans positive party. Bigots will be vaporized! 

Futuristic cross-dressing strongly encouraged, respectfulness mandatory, freakiness imminent. And all for a good cause - proceeds directly support the Death Rattle Writers Festival*

Freak Prom 2000: Future World is proud to present these magical musical acts for your prom dancing pleasure. 

Thick Business

Candace

DJ Puppycat

It’s like prom, but teenage robots have eaten all of the chaperones. 

The Olympic Venue on Friday, August 19th at 8:00pm 21+
◥ ◣ theduckclub.com/events/boise/freak-prom

*$10 (all proceeds benefit Death Rattle Writers Festival) 
Freak Prom 2000: future world corsages and trading cards will be available to purchase at the event.

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Workshop: How to Break Silence of Self and Location
Jul
9
11:30am11:30am

Workshop: How to Break Silence of Self and Location

Welcome to the First of Four FREE writing workshops!

Death Rattle Workshop Series: How to Break Silence of Self and Location w/ instructor Austin Kirkham

Everything we touch has a part of ourselves smudged into it. We leave pieces with every flake of dust, grocery store trip, and message. There are remnants of our interactions that can tie directly to literature with some ease: Receipts, Facebook messages, saved Snapchats, scrapbooks, and so forth. These snippets can pin a moment down to the date or trigger lost memories. Engaging in reading and examination of these paths of our lives is a type of self-research.

Participants will engage in writing exercises and discussion, and will only share what they feel comfortable sharing. Standard workshop procedure will apply, and the atmosphere will be low-stress. Please bring a pen and a writing utensil – Journals are always a great way to keep a record of your thoughts and exercises and lay the foundation for larger drafts if you have not already explored this.

Workshop will be hosted at the Nampa Public Library in the Multi Purpose room: A. Participants are encouraged to bring journals, laptops, paper, pencils.

All ages and skill levels are welcome!

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Haiku Night - A Death Rattle Fundraiser
Jun
10
7:30pm 7:30pm

Haiku Night - A Death Rattle Fundraiser

The Death Rattle Writers Festival and PreFunk Beer Bar Nampa 
Present: Haiku Night June 3, at 7:30pm. Drinkers and Writers alike are encouraged to come out to a night of improv Haiku's. The more you drink the more we raise for the Death Rattle Writer's Festival happening in October!

WHAT IS A HAIKU? 

The Haiku is an ancient japanese form of poetry, the english version of which has a certain number of syllables in each of three lines. like this:

Five syllables here
Seven more syllables here
Five more at the end. 

The poems traditionally are centered around idea's of time, place and nature, the americanized versions can be about anything at all. 

HOW HAIKU NIGHT WORKS: 

The event will be round based in which patrons will have 3 minutes to come up with there own on-the-fly Haikus and then read them.
Each round will have a theme to incorporate into your haiku, and at the end of the round we share our haiku's and the audience will decide on a favorite. After all the rounds are done, all of the favorite haiku writers will face off in a Death Haiku round for a Local store/restaurant Gift Certificate/Prize.

Prefunk will also have drink Special of Japanese Lager and for the night. 

Come for Haikus
stay for the Japanese booze
blah blah blah get drunk

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Death Rattle Hum Portland Edition
Mar
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

Death Rattle Hum Portland Edition

Death Rattle Hum is a migrational reading series designed to engage and involve writers in neighboring cities and states in the Northwest. This month we are teaming up with Mike Young - author of SPREZZETURA and LOOK! LOOK! FEATHERS, at American Legion Post 134 in Portland, Or. with Jamondria Harris and Death Rattle features Marshall Harris, Diana Forgione, Griffin Birdsong, Alex Yann, and Dig Reeder.

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