Write Riot Poetry Slam Featuring Ela Barton

by Jessica Lohafer

Y’all, I am beyond excited for the Write Riot Poetry Slam this week.

The coolest part of being a literary event coordinator is getting to talk to some of your favorite writers. That’s why I got into this whole racket, anyway. I’m a fan girl, no two ways about it. This week I get to be a fan girl about the fantastic Ela Barton. And if you aren’t one yourself already, get ready to fall in love.

Introducing: Ela Barton

Ela Barton is a Black and Filipino, queer poet and artist living in Seattle, Washington. She is the 2007 Bainbridge Island Poetry Slam Champion, a four-time finalist of the Seattle Poetry Slam Grand Slam (2009,2010, 2011, 2012) and the first woman to win Jack McCarthy’s Evergreen Invitational (2011). In 2008, Barton placed 23 out of 72 at Women of the World Poetry Slam and in 2013, placed 16 out of 72 at Individual World Poetry Slam. In 2014, Barton was placed first in the Rain City Slam Championship earning her a spot on the first Rain City Slam National Team. At National Poetry Slam 2014, Rain City Slam placed 7th in the nation. Barton has taught Creative Writing and Performance Poetry at Bent: A Queer Writing Institute. Ela has been featured on National Public Radio and CITR 101.9, SeattleGayScene.com, Button Poetry, EverydayFeminism.com and King 5 (Seattle) News. Her work has been featured on Adrienne: A Poetry Journal of Queer Women by Sibling Rivalry Press. She is founder of the Rain City Poetry Slam and adapted the concept of Vancouver’s “Mashed Poetics” to create a similar monthly, music inspired, poetry show, Liner Notes.

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See what I mean? All of the feelings.

Along with being a completely badass poet, Ela is also one of the people that helped me get Write Riot off the ground. She patiently answered every panicked message I sent her way, offering me nothing but reassurance. We owe her, like a lot. So how about we show her how we really feel, by coming to see her perform this Thursday? What do you think? I think it sounds lovely.

The Write Riot Poetry Slam
Thursday, February 19th
At the Honey Moon (in the alley behind the Pepper Sisters)
Sign ups for the Open Mic and the Slam start at 8:00 pm sharp
Show starts at 8:30
Free to attend, but you must support the venue (we love them!)
$2 to slam, but, as always, come talk to me if you can’t swing it.
We aren’t going to let money  get in the way of good work.