Death Rattle Hum: Quenton Baker + Touring poets.
Jun
29
6:00 pm18:00

Death Rattle Hum: Quenton Baker + Touring poets.

  • Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar

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 Unpublished and published works are both accepted for this event.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!

The Spill: Stories of Great Expectations
Jul
6
8:00 pm20:00

The Spill: Stories of Great Expectations

  • Flying M Coffeegarage

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

Read Ur Poems; Become a Bird with Hair ~ Feat. Grease Gun!
Jul
22
7:30 pm19:30

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

  • 519 South Orchard Street Boise, ID, 83705 United States

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
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.

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

Click here to RSVP on Facebook!

Freak Prom: Under the Sea
Aug
17
Aug 18

Freak Prom: Under the Sea

  • The Olympic Venue

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 


Death Rattle Hum:
Jun
28
6:00 pm18:00

Death Rattle Hum:

  • Neato Burrito

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

 

Poetry IN A HOUSE OR YARD ~ a Death Rattle House or Yard Show
Jun
10
7:30 pm19:30

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

  • The House or Yard

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

Haiku Night - A Death Rattle Fundraiser!
Jun
2
7:30 pm19:30

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.*

BLAST OFF! Death Rattle House Show/This Saxophone Kills Fascists
Apr
28
7:30 pm19:30

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

  • Byrd House

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

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

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

Storyfort: Death in the Afternoon
Mar
21
12:00 am00:00

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

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

Death Rattle Writers Fest. Day 4

  • Nampa, ID

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}

Death Rattle Writers Fest. Day 3
Oct
8
2:00 pm14:00

Death Rattle Writers Fest. Day 3

  • Nampa, ID

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 >:@

Death Rattle Writers Fest. Day 2
Oct
7
5:30 pm17:30

Death Rattle Writers Fest. Day 2

  • Nampa, ID

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 :$

Death Rattle Writers Fest. Day 1
Oct
6
5:30 pm17:30

Death Rattle Writers Fest. Day 1

  • Nampa, ID

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

FREAK PROM feat. Thick Business, Candace and DJ Puppycat (benefit for Death Rattle Writers Festival)
Aug
19
8:00 pm20:00

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

  • Olympic Venue

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.

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

Workshop: How to Break Silence of Self and Location

  • Nampa Public Library

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!

Haiku Night - A Death Rattle Fundraiser
Jun
10
7:30 pm19:30

Haiku Night - A Death Rattle Fundraiser

  • Prefunk Beer Bar Nampa

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

Death Rattle Hum Portland Edition
Mar
10
7:00 pm19:00

Death Rattle Hum Portland Edition

  • Post 134

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.

Death Rattle Hum Series- Spokane Edition
Jan
27
6:00 pm18:00

Death Rattle Hum Series- Spokane Edition

  • Neato Burito

Death Rattle Hum is a migrational reading series to better involve all writers in neighboring cities and states in the Northwest to read there work. We are teaming up with Broken Mic - a weekly poetry reading event hosted at Neato Burrito. Readers sign up at 6:00pm for a 3 minute spot along with Death Rattle Features Marshall Harris, Diana Forgione, Griffin Birdsong, Alex Yann, and Dig Reeder. Event starts 6:30pm