Paula Deen Bakes Me A Cake

By Devin Devine

even though I told her I hate cake.
Which, how could I truly hate
cake, if I loved all the things comprised:

eggs, flour, sugar, cream cheese
frosting, butter. I simply hadn’t
ate the right cake. She had the best
cake recipe. Everyone who has
ate her cake has told her it was
amazing. Five star cake.

She slides a slice in front of me
with the same confidence
of an unsolicited portrait of yet
another dick in my inbox.

I wish all these greedy people
with butter covered bodies
would listen to me the first time.


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Next up: Devin Devine

Your next featured poet this month is a several time SPS team member. Stay tuned for poems! For now, here’s this lovely poet’s bio:

Devin Devine is a writer, comedian, and performer from Spokane, Washington. Former host of Spokane’s weekly poetry reading Broken Mic, as well as a member of Spokane’s 2015 & 2017 & 2018 NPS Teams. She is one of the current slam masters and hosts of Spokane Poetry Slam. She laughs and writes her way through issues of trauma, addiction, mental health, and sexuality. She is the author of three self-published chapbooks ‘Feral Empathy,’ ‘Crying on the Toilet,’ and her most recent ‘Domestic & Fowl. She also writes and self-publishes crime series ‘Kiss the Messenger’ with partner and co-author Tony Russell. This fall she will be pursuing her MFA in Poetry at Eastern Washington University.

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Vegetation Season

by Nick Keaty

Partly charm of old
partly convinced by
some pattern of
misted labor
vivid shadows
vivid vegetation
we feel ourselves
sinking into the specificity
and the habit
rummaging for anything
when my eyes refuse to close at night
after reasonable time tossing i slip on
a pair of sweats
and i get in my car
i don’t know where i am going
usually i just buckle up
and drive by this time of night
i can’t think of a song to fit my mood
but i find rehearsing my own poetry
to an empty vehicle is just the kind
of soothing i need when i feel convinced
my creative self has laid down
i somehow find myself
at the late-night diner
i claim my seat at the far right booth
the waitress greets me with my hot chocolate
two eggs cracked over-easy on hashbrowns
i reach for my pencil
and, allowing myself,
like the egg
to crack open over the page and run
into some pattern
rummaging for anything
sinking into the specificity
partly charm of old
partly convinced by
misted labor
vivid shallows
vivid vegetation

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A Wild Actual Blog Post Appears, ft. Nick Keaty

Well hi, poetry lovers of Spokane!

As we have been mentioning all over, Spokane is sending a team to Chicago this August to represent us at the National Poetry Slam!

This month we will be featuring work from all four poets (and perhaps their coach), starting this week! These poets are: Nick Keaty, Devin Devine, Katy Shedlock, and Misty Grace.

We will start off by teasing you with Nick’s bio, and you’ll be sure to read their poems this week!

Nick is a trans non-binary, introverted and people-loving human who also happens to be a poet in Spokane, WA. They have been writing poetry since before they can remember and started competing in 2017. Nick has since then have travelled, performed, and volunteered at local and national events. Their writing career, however, found most of its life after volunteering at Women of the World Poetry Slam 2018, where they fell in love with the art and felt drawn into life as a creator more than ever before. They are currently preparing to compete on Spokane Poetry Slam’s 2018 team at NPS in Chicago, IL. Nick is an undergraduate student who will graduate eventually but spends most of their time passionately talking about dogs, lavender, and how much they hate school. Most of their friends call them Dad™️. Nick’s work often deals with topics such as mental illness, queer issues, bad thrift stores, and pet fish.

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July Happenings!

We have lots of awesome events to keep your summer full of poetry (as it should be)!

 BootSlam with New Sh/t Workshop 

Where: Boots Bakery & Lounge
When: Workshop at 5:30; sign-ups at 7; show at 7:30
Who: All ages*
Cost: sliding scale $1-3 for the workshop; $5 to compete; sliding scale $3-5 donation for audience
$50 prize!

Spokane Poetry Slam @ The Bartlett

Where: The Bartlett, 228 W. Sprague
When: doors at 7, show at 8
Who: all ages*
Cost: $5
$50 prize! 

SPS Summer Series Team Fundraiser & Poetry Celebration 

The 2018 NPS team members have been working hard to rep us well at the National Poetry Slam in August. Come out and see them! They will have postcards, chapbooks, and the like available.

Where: West Central Episcopal Mission, 1283 W. Dean Ave
When: July 21st
Who: all ages*
Time: 7-9pm
Cost: free (donations encouraged/welcomed!)

*Spokane Poetry Slam does not censor for content of any kind. Please use discretion when attending.

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Catch Spokane Poetry Slam this June!

Did you know?

Spokane is sending our sixth team to the National Poetry Slam, this year held in Chicago!

SPS Summer Series BBQ & Fundraiser

Come eat some pulled pork (with vegan option) and have a great house show and open mic featuring Beau Williams!

June 12th

4818 N. Washington Street


SPS @ The Bartlett

June 18th

228 W. Sprague

Doors at 7; show at 8

$5 door

Finally, donate to the team’s GoFundMe:

Donate now!

See you this summer!

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The 2018 Spokane Nationals Team

Hello Spokane!

Just a short month ago, Spokane hosted its Grand Slam to decide the team that will be representing us at the National Poetry Slam in Chicago this August.

Our team members are: Katy Shedlock, Nick Keaty, Devin Devine, and Misty Grace.

These four team members will represent the hell out of Spokane in August!

Stay tuned for fundraising opportunities, events, and updates!


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