Nampa celebrates literature with the first Death Rattle Writers Festival

You’ll find some of the best-known area writers — from poets to playwrights — reading their work in Nampa galleries, bookstores, coffeehouses and bars for the inaugural Death Rattle Writers Festival on Oct. 9 and 10.

Scheduled writers include J. Reuben Appelman, Christian Winn, Alan Heathcock, Diane Raptosh and event organizers Diane Forgione, Griffin Birdsong and Dig Reeder. Many will have copies of their books available for purchase.

Both nights feature open mics, so bring your own work to share. Open mic readers will be inserted between the scheduled speakers.

You can also submit your work for a Death Rattle Literary issues of The Sentimentalist, a bi-monthly poetry magazine that is published in Boise. Drop it by the booth at the festival. It does not have to be poetry.

Oct. 9

Flying M Coffeegarage, 1314 2nd St S.

5:30 p.m.: Open mic sign ups

6 p.m.: Scheduled readings begin: Amanda Ricachica, Annah Scuri, Lexi Scuri, Griffin Birdsong, Emi Bergquist, Dig Reeder, Stan Reeder, J. Reuben Appelman and Christian Winn.

7:30 p.m. Intermission and transition to Track 13, 13 12th Ave. S., Nampa

8:15 p.m. Readings begin: Megan Williams, Jess Johnson, Matt Hoffman, Diane Raptosh Amanda Ricachica, Diana Forgione, Alan Heathcock, Erica Crockett, Theron Gregory and Meghan Cahill.

Oct. 10

The Yesteryear Shoppe, 1211 1st St., S. Nampa

5:30 p.m.: Open mic signups 6 p.m.: Readings begin Tim Davis Daphne Standford Ben Fischer Adrian Kien Samantha Silva Margurette Lawrence Theron Gregory Conor Harris` Jerrell Sanders

Intermission and move to Pete’s Tavern, 11 12th Ave. S., Nampa

8:15 p.m. Readings commence in “The Cave” the Prohibition Era-bar in the back: Erica Crockett, Sarah Jean Walcher, Diana Forgione, Alexander Yann, Hector Diaz, Jess Johnson, Dig Reeder, Theron Gregory, Connor Harris, Rex Arnold and Amanda Ricachica.