Three Must-Go Spoken Word Events in May & June

People are often asking me, “When are you performing again?” or “I really want to come to one of these spoken word events.” I’m happy to announce that you have a side board of outstanding spoken word options in the coming months.

#1 SEATTLE POETRY SLAM’S GRAND SLAM w/Featured Poet Ken Arkind at Seattle Town Hall on MAY 6

Eight incredible performance poets will throw down one last time to determine who will comprise the 2011 Seattle National Poetry Slam Team. Also on the stage – a showcase of some of the best performances from our award winning weekly show  AND our featured poet: Ken Arkind!!

Ken Arkind is a National Poetry Slam Champion, Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam Champion and full time touring artist who has performed his work in almost all of the Lower 48, Hawaii and Canada. He has been featured in the documentaries SPIT!, Slamplanet, as well as on HBO, CBS, NBC and’s Open Door Poetry series alongside U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins. A regular fixture in the Denver music scene he has opened for acts like The Flobots, Gil Scott Heron, Devotchka, Sage Francis, Ani Difranco, Cloud Cult, P.O.S., and NPR’s Amy Goodman and he is the only poet signed to Hot Congress Records. His work has been published in numerous literary anthologies and Journals across the country, including Write Bloody’s “The Good Things About America” and the University of Washington’s 2010 Common Book alongside Pulitzer Prize Winners Yusef Komunyaka and Philip Levine. His first collection of poetry “I know why Georgia Turner waited by the train tracks” will be available summer of 2011 from Penmanship Books.


Buddy Wakefield is celebrating exactly 10 years of touring! Join the fun with the “Gentlemen Practice” book release/home-coming party at Fremont Abbey Arts Center May 13th. Guests include: Tim Sanders, Tara Hardy, Matt Gano, Karen Finneyfrock, Daemond Arrindell, Noah Gunderson and more!

$10 advanced
$18 front row reserved
$15 at the door

DOORS @ 6:30
SHOW @ 7:30

Buddy Wakefield is the two-time Individual World Poetry Slam Champion featured on NPR, the BBC, HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, and most recently signed to Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe Records.

#3 YES YOU MAY: Tara Hardy & Elaina M. Ellis book release party ON JUNE 3

Join us to welcome two new books to the world: BRING DOWN THE CHANDELIERS by Tara Hardy, and WRITE ABOUT AN EMPTY BIRDCAGE by Elaina M. Ellis.

$10 general, $15 at the door
$16 2nd row reserved, $18 front row reserved

The YES YOU MAY Show will be a celebration, a narration, and a raucous release of these two collections presented by Write Bloody Publishing. This is Seattle’s FIRST CHANCE to buy the books in person, read lovingly by their blushing mamas.

The YES YOU MAY show, which will tour Nationally in the Fall, invites audiences to write their own outrageous self-permission slips. What is it that you thought you could never say? Who is it that you thought you should never be? What if you were suddenly allowed to live your dreams? Shouting YES and other expletives, Tara Hardy and Elaina M. Ellis will lovingly, bossingly, demonstrate what’s possible when raw honesty and bold permission get on stage together.

NOTE: This show is all ages but may contain adult and/or intense language

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