DRWF 2018 — Day 3
Oct
7
4:30 PM16:30

DRWF 2018 — Day 3

⌇ Welcome to Death Rattle Writers Festival 2018 — D A Y 3 ⌇ 

Sunday again. So far from that gentle, Octoberly twilight.* What even can be done about Sunday? Nobody has ever known... except for us. [sunglasses emoji]

Join us at Ballet Folklorico Mexico Lindo Idaho! for a fun Mystery Workshop, featuring Thu Tran, whom you will remember from "day two of the festival."†

Next, please join us at Lloyd Square, Nampa, ID for our Closing Poetry Showcase, featuring our amazing 2018 spotlight poet, Feng Sun Chen, and local & regional poets.


Feng Sun Chen is the author of The 8th House, Butcher's Tree, and chapbooks Blud and Ugly Fish. She lives in Minneapolis and is a student of jyotish (vedic astrology). She is also working on a masters in occupational therapy.


Nextly, but also lastly, portal through the nacreous dimension-door of unfettered fantasy nonsense into the mystical realm of a local bar-adjacent alleyway... for Oracles & Oathbreakers!, fantastical flash fiction fables of five-hundred or fewer... uhh... words. Fie, fall over, fiend!

See you there, subterranean gelatinous cube...

Ballet Folklorico Mexico Lindo Idaho! —
— Mystery Workshop ft. Thu Tran
Lloyd Square, Nampa, ID —
— Spotlight & Closing Poetry Showcase, ft. Feng Sun Chen
Wall Street Alley / PreFunk Beer Bar Nampa —
— Flash Fiction: Oracles & Oathbreakers

Free & All-Ages!
Event times TBD

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DRWF 2018 — Day 2
Oct
6
12:00 PM12:00

DRWF 2018 — Day 2

Welcome to Death Rattle Writers Festival 2018 — D A Y 2

One day we all must roll out of bed at noon to face the much-brighter-than-we-remember-it-being sun, and that day is "day two of the festival."

Join us in the Wall Street Alley for our totally sick & rad Book Fair, featuring Thu Tran❢


Thu Tran is an artist who makes comics, videos, and videogames. She is the author of Dust Pam, published by Peow Studios. Her comics have also been published by Kuš Komiks. She created and hosted stoner cooking shows for IFC and MTV ('Food Party', 'Late Night Munchies'), and has made short-form videos for Adult Swim, SuperDeluxe, and other outlets. Her videogames / video installations have been shown at the Museum of Moving Image, Fantastic Arcade, Babycastles, and at various art spaces, educational institutions, and events.


✎ The Book Fair will also feature myriad other uhh, you know, creative individuals, purveying their boffo books & keen crafts. This all sounds rather intoxicating. Oh, speaking of which, PreFunk Beer Bar Nampa is right next to the alley. You can get a big beer in there, and you can get a $1 mimosa when you purchase any book, comic, or merch at the fair! ✐

Next, please join us at Flying M Coffee Nampa for our LGBTQIA Poetry Showcase, as well as our Main Poetry Showcase, featuring our incredible 2018 keynote poet, Crystal Boson, and local & regional poets.


Crystal Boson writes short, dense poems that lay bare the complicated geographies of the United States and the lives of the Black, queer, and marginalized bodies that dwell within its boundaries. They are dark matter, heavy and frightening things that will tear you open. She currently writes about and resides in the midwest.

She is a Cave Canem and Callaloo fellow, and was awarded the Langston Hughes Creative Writing Award. She has work published in Blueshift Journal, Pank, Parcel, among other locations. Most recently her work: The Bitter Map was selected as the winner of the 2017 Honeysuckle Press Chapbook Contest by Saeed Jones.


Wait, if you ever cared for us, then please don't leave yet. Oh, we're glad you decided to stay, because this "day two of the festival" concludes with an extra-spooky edition of your favorite local live storytelling sport, The Spill!

See you there, sunspot... ✺

Wall Street Alley / PreFunk Beer Bar Nampa —
— Book Fair, ft. Thu Tran
Flying M Coffee Nampa —
— LGBTQIA Poetry Showcase
— Keynote & Main Poetry Showcase, ft. Crystal Boson
— The Spill (theme TBA) ~ $3

Free (except for The Spill, which, for $3, is "A Steal") & All-Ages!
Event times TBD

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 DRWF 2018 — Day 1
Oct
5
4:30 PM16:30

DRWF 2018 — Day 1

❁ Welcome to Death Rattle Writers Festival 2018 — D A Y 1 ❁

Agree or disagree: a nice, relaxful, Octoberly evening sounds like a lovely way to start the festival. Wow, that's interesting, we also chose agree. I think we are hitting it off.

Join us at Lloyd Square, Nampa, ID for our Opening Poetry Showcase, featuring local & regional poets, then remain at Lloyd Square to luxuriate in the sweet, sonic springs of Emma Lee Toyoda (Seattle, WA) & Leafraker(Nampa, ID).

See you there, seedpod... ❁

Lloyd Square, Nampa, ID —
— Opening Poetry Showcase ~ free!
— Music Showcase: DRWF 2018: Emma Lee Toyoda + Leafraker ~ $5

Emma Lee Toyoda is a queer non-binary sunflower, grown in Seattle, WA. ELT makes empathetic “madgrrlrock” for you to wipe your tears with and hug your friends to.

Leafraker is a big centipede poking out of a bag of sour gummies. There are still some gummies in the bag, but you can't get them because the centipede is in the way rapping about their problems.


All-Ages!
Event times TBD

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Festival Flash Fiction Submissions Closed
Sep
15
11:58 PM23:58

Festival Flash Fiction Submissions Closed

SUBMISSIONS FOR FLASH FICTION READINGS AT DEATH RATTLE WRITERS FEST 2018 ARE NOW CLOSED.

This submission is for the intent of live readings at the 2018 Death Rattle Writers Festival held on the first weekend in October in Downtown Nampa, ID. The writer must be available for those dates to be considered. Unpublished and published work are both accepted for this event. Please allow up to one month for us to read and reply to your submission. 

We are excited to read everyone’s work! Thank’s for your support!

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The Spill: At the Lake
Sep
14
8:00 PM20:00

The Spill: At the Lake

All the water gathered in one huge basin, and then the humanoids gathered around the water, and there things mysterious and surprising happened. Things that would really freak you out, like a lot, like you don't even k n o w . . . Oh, uhh, excuse me... And now! The humanoids gather to tell the stories of what happened, what reeeeeally happened all those years ago at the laaaaake!

This time at the Spill we will hear about all of those shore-side stories. The games, the swims, the dates, the trips, the tragedies, the triumphs, the non-terrestrial terror what brushed against my cousin's toe in those cold, murky depths...!

Come to The Spill and hear true stories told live! This time our theme will be At the Lake, inspired by poems by Dalton Tiegs Dagondon. All the stories will be true, straight from the mouths of audience members, all relating in whichever way to the theme At the Lake.

$3 at the door. All Ages!
Won't you join us at Flying M Coffee Nampa, you adorable lake serpent?

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Pre Spill: At the Lake: a storytelling workshop
Sep
11
4:00 PM16:00

Pre Spill: At the Lake: a storytelling workshop

Oftentimes, we feel like we don't have a full or complete story ☼ It can feel very difficult to draw from a moment in our lives and turn it into an engaging story ♦ It can begin to feel as though all we have experienced are trivial blips and insignificant bloops.

This workshop is about how we can take singular, small events from our lives and shape them into complete story arcs, full of substance, depth, and resonance, shimmering lakes teeming with trouts and treasures ☼ Come hang and talk about how to move our stories ♦ up the ladder of abstraction to tack on meaning and expand them into something larger and presentable, something that could enthrall even a squamous lake monster. 

Come practice for the upcoming Spill : On the Lake later in the week, Sept 14th!

Instructor: Nic Darlinton

a l l a g e s | f r e e | @ Nampa Public Library
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Things Zine and Unzine: a zinesmithing workshop
Sep
8
1:00 PM13:00

Things Zine and Unzine: a zinesmithing workshop

You are an aspiring zinecraftsperson. Anyone can see it. You just have that look about you. It can't be helped. You really ought to make a zine, you know. Come with me, I will introduce you to Dig. You are going to learn all the thrilling, titillating, tedious ins & uns of zinery. You'll be a natural. I mean, just look at you. It's as plain as boiled yogurt. The word " z i n e " is leaking from your lips like a secret that will be kept no more!



Welcome to Death Rattle's fun workshop for making your own zine! This is a zine zone for beginners and experienced zine-makers alike. Bring your laptop computer and learn how to set up a cool zine to print in software programs like Microsoft Word and Apple Pages. Come with a project idea in mind, or bring a project you've already started. Have your own method of making zines? Discussions and suggestions are welcome and encouraged!

Anyone attending this workshop will have the opportunity to sign up for free space to sell their zines during the book fair at this year's Death Rattle Writers Festival! A list of rad zine distributors will also be available.

Instructor: Dig Reeder

a l l a g e s | f r e e | @ Flying M Coffee Nampa

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Festival Poetry and Prose Submissions CLOSED
Sep
7
11:58 PM23:58

Festival Poetry and Prose Submissions CLOSED

SUBMISSIONS FOR POETRY AND PROSE READINGS AT DEATH RATTLE WRITERS FEST 2018 ARE NOW CLOSED.

This submission is for the intent of live readings at the 2018 Death Rattle Writers Festival held on the first weekend in October in Downtown Nampa, ID. The writer must be available for those dates to be considered. Unpublished and published work are both accepted for this event. Please allow up to one month for us to read and reply to your submission. 

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Oracles & Oathbreakers: a fantasy flash fiction workshoppe
Aug
17
6:00 PM18:00

Oracles & Oathbreakers: a fantasy flash fiction workshoppe

Ahh, curious... Sledge ye no stake in the "whimsied wheezing of a hermitical high-fantasy dork" as ye says it, heh heh... Yet how auspicious, ye august oak, to find thyself soaked and storm-stranded in my bodeful hovel, amidst these farting cauldrons and soups of dire prophecy, hopelessly exiled by the treacherous dirk of thy own devotion, ha-HA! Yea, curious, indeed ye be! Though strange it may seem, ye withered banana, thy bitter choice is naught but a dreary passage of thy destiny unfurling before the ennuied Gods! Dared ye to invoke their Divine Regard? With thy mundane acts? Thy commonplace betrayal? Ohhhh, stranger! We have ghastly deeds to predict and a vile harvest to reap, ye and me! Oracles and Oathbreakers be the true stewards of hist'ry's fiction!

Welcome to Death Rattle's thrilling workshop focusing on the FLASH FICTION theme ORACLES AND OATHBREAKERS where you can sharpen your sword on a fictional whetstone and inscribe a story that is ≥ 500 words to be read aloud at flash fiction night during the Death Rattle Festival October 5th-7th! 

a l l a g e s | f r e e | @ Push And Pour | c o f f e e | b e e r
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Want to write about a night elf on the search for the most perfect cauldron? A classic wealth goblin on a woodsy quest? A paladin lamenting their curs-ed broadsword? 
Then get ready to enter the land of ORACLES AND OATHBREAKERS : a world of Fantasy, Folktales, Fiefdoms, Familiars, Liches & Lords, Hexcraft & Heraldry, Druids & Fluids ..... 

For beginning to intermediate writers, this workshop will explore on the diverse styles of fantasy fiction and film and folktales. Materials needed stationary, pencils&pens, swords, stylus, computer, wand, desire for honor and long quests.

Instructor: Diana Forgione:

Once upon a tome, the apparition known as Dianandorff galloped thru many mists and over many travails to reach the last bastion of their quest... the ultimate dungeon crawl for the ultimate and rarest magik item .... rarer than a crystal ring shield, or a golem axe, or an enhanced dwarven crossbow ....the Daedric blood-quill of Molag Bal. Dianandorff would need the blood-quill to pen down tales full of such deep drones, moans, and bones the reader feels positively strangulated by the razor wire edge of the inter-coital head games that reach down into your heartbeat and speeding it up to dangerous levels. Then, and only then, would Dianandorff be the rock at the top of the rock heap that rests in the gaping jaws of the Folklaureate: the ever effervescent wryters guilde.

The dungeon entrance towered a wrathful presence over Dianandorff. In the present distance they could hear the lurch of a gloomy wail tearing it's escape from a massive pair of lungs hidden deep in the throat of a crazed witch-monger or demon-lover lusting away somewhere Dianandorff could not see. Yet Dianandorff churled on, their sinking footprints filling up behind them, one by one, with blood.

The dungeon entrance towered a wrathful presence over Dianandorff.
"Auf Weidersehen, Blood-Suckers!" They shouted back with a midnight-howl. They charged thru the gate truly ready for some ass fucking demon murder. The blood-quill would be theirs. 

....please hit subscribe to unlock pt. 2 of the tome Dianandorff & the Rainsoaked Prisoner...

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The Spill: Low Hanging Fruit
Jul
27
8:00 PM20:00

The Spill: Low Hanging Fruit

Come to The Spill and hear true stories told live! This time our theme will be Low Hanging Fruit, inspired by a piece by poet Emma Heldmann. All the stories will be true, straight from the mouths of audience members, all relating in whichever way to the theme of First Impressions.

$3 donation at the door. All Ages! Spoonthumb Ice Cream will be peddling a variety of delicious frozen flavors! Come on down to Flying M Coffee Nampa and check it out!

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DoOdLePaLoOzA
Jul
13
6:30 PM18:30

DoOdLePaLoOzA

Attendees of DoOdLePaLoOzA will be given a golden opportunity to have their fantasy dreams turned into real art! $5 Dollars for a 5x5 flash drawings from our elite squad of local illustrators and graphic artists based on your fun suggestions! Free & All Ages!

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Ghosts & Projectors. a poetry speakeasy.
Apr
13
7:00 PM19:00

Ghosts & Projectors. a poetry speakeasy.

Have you ever found yourself more focused on a poet’s socks than their words at a poetry reading? Yet when a friend or lover has read you a poem (and meant it), you have experienced that poems can actually be magical (when they’re not being presented as though you’re going to be quizzed on the content). If you’ve ever thought “this reading would have been so much better if the poet cared about what I wanted to hear,” then the Poetry Speakeasy is the event for you.

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Storyfort Presents - The Odyssey VS Death Rattle: A Ballet
Mar
22
9:00 PM21:00

Storyfort Presents - The Odyssey VS Death Rattle: A Ballet

This special Storyfort crossover event presents Death Rattle Writers Festival writers Diana Forgione, Alex Yann, and Dig Reeder as they revisit the tales of The Odyssey to create original works of poetry and fiction which will culminate in a live reading, followed by the performance of three short contemporary ballets based on the work choreographed byDaniel Francis Ojeda of Ballet IdahoLydia Sakolsky-Basquill of Project Flux, and independent choreographer Selby Jenkins.

RSVP HERE

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Obroboro Submissions Closed
Mar
20
6:00 PM18:00

Obroboro Submissions Closed

Oroboro Submissions Currently Closed.

Thank you to all who submitted; we are thoroughly relishing your submissions.

Forthcoming publication in April 2018.

It can be challenging and frustrating for artists early in their writing histories to seek publication, and OROBORO was founded in part to address that frustration. New writers deserve to see their work published, and deserve the same care and generosity shown to published authors. We love being the first publication of emerging writers and encourage submissions from people of any age and experience. We also expect experienced writers who submit for publication to embrace this attitude and find value in having their work published alongside new writers.

 

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Oroboros Submissions Open
Jan
20
8:00 AM08:00

Oroboros Submissions Open

Submissions for first issue of Oroboros is now open.

It can be challenging and frustrating for artists early in their writing histories to seek publication, and OROBORO was founded in part to address that frustration. New writers deserve to see their work published, and deserve the same care and generosity shown to published authors. We love being the first publication for emerging writers to have their work featured in and encourage submissions from people of any age and experience. We also expect experienced writers who submit for publication to embrace this attitude and find value in having their work published alongside new writers.

Submissions will close on March 20. Issue to be published in April. 

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT TO OROBORO

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Death Rattle Reading Series 2k18 ~ Winter with Franklin K. R. Cline and Sierra-Nicole Qualles
Jan
14
6:00 PM18:00

Death Rattle Reading Series 2k18 ~ Winter with Franklin K. R. Cline and Sierra-Nicole Qualles

It is January. Please join Death Rattle Writers Festival & Rediscovered Bookshop in welcoming Milwaukee's Franklin K R Cline and L.A. based Sierra-Nicole Qualles of Vegetarian Alcoholic Press to the desolate walk-in freezer that is Boise, Idaho along with three fantastical Treasure Valley Poets that you know and love:

FRANKLIN K.R. CLINE is a PhD Candidate in English--Creative d at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, a member of Woodland Pattern Book Center’s Board of Directors, and the book reviews and interviews editor for cream city review. His book, So What (ISBN: 978-0-9992103-2-1), was published by Vegetarian Alcoholic in October.

SIERRA-NICOLE QUALLES is a phantom just trying to get by in Los Angeles. She finds comfort in the dark and inspiration in the indescribable. She can be found riding trains or in museums and is addicted to mannerisms. Her work can be found in Your Impossible Voice and OR. Her book, Loose Cannon (ISBN: 978-0-9992103-6-9), is forthcoming in January from Vegetarian Alcoholic.

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 wife, two dogs, cat, and several dozen birds.

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, Ghosts and Projectors, The Cabin literary center and many others. They are currently refining an anthology of poetry for publication.

ALEX J. FOX is a poet who sprouted from the great Northwest, whose hobbies/work cover many facets of art and emotional history, such as winemaking and general riff raff. They write predominately on queer identity, body dysphoria, estrangement, nostalgia, as well as the cycles of abuse and trauma. They have been fortunate enough to feature at events in Utah, such as participating in the Utah Arts Festival, and the coveted Street Poets team for Treefort Music Festival. They are currently an affiliate of Big Tree Arts as well as a former mentor in the Mentor-Artists Playwrights Project (MAPP). When not being That One Nerd Writing Poetry in a Coffee Shop, they can be found snuggling their cats at home while drinking an amazing sour beer or whiskey drink.

Sunday, Jan 14

6.00PM - 7.30PM

@Rediscovered Books

all ages / free

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