Join in on the treasure valley’s raucous celebration of the literary arts!

With sponsorship from the Idaho Commission of the Arts and the Idaho Humanities Council, alongside many generous local businesses*, the board of Death Rattle Writers Festival is pleased to announce the 6th annual Death Rattle Writers Festival, taking place in the heart of downtown Nampa, October 4th, 5th, and 6th

The 6th annual 2019 Death Rattle Writers Festival is a 3 day celebration of the literary arts:  regional and local poetry, LGBTQIA+ reading showcase, flash fiction, erotica, live story-telling and regional book, zine and comics fair.  The festival rolls through a variety of venues in Nampa on October 4th, 5th 6th. Keynotes this year are author Ryka Aoki, award-winning cartoonist Carta Monir, Comic artists Juli Majer and Christian Hernandez  from DDOOGG (Vancouver, BC Publishing Press). The festival is kept free to attend and all ages as to better serve our community (with the exception of our Erotica reading, which is 21+).

October 4th 

Poetry Showcase 5:00-6:35PM
Join us the Flying M Coffee Nampa, ID for our Opening Poetry Showcase, featuring local & regional poets 

Then enjoy Treasure Valley Storytelling staple The Spill! Scary Edition

TRUE STORIES TOLD LIVE based on the theme “Something in the Woods” from 7-9:30 at the Flying M Nampa. For anyone unfamiliar, 5 minutes or less for open-mic, true stories shared from the community, by the community.

Afterwards, there will be an Erotica Flash Fiction Reading  at PreFunk Beer Bar Nampa in Wall-Street Alley, featuring regional and local writers from 10-11:30PM. 21+ and up

October 5th 

The day will begin with the Book Fair at Flying M Coffeegarage Nampa 10am-3pm featuring the international comic book artist, DD00GG, alongside the keynote authors from the Festival, small riso presses like Cold Cube Press, comic book makers, as well as local and regional poets! You can catch local favourites like Ashley Dreyfus, and make your own letterpress print with Hi Hello Arts, and free sounds from local favourite Elijah Jensen performing as With Child.  All ages; 21+ get a $1 mimosa w/ book/zine/merch purchase from Prefunk Beer Bar Nampa!

Following the book fair, the LGBTQIA reading will start the evening at Flying M Coffee Garage Nampa from 4-5:30pm, featuring award-winning cartoonist and writer Carta Monir. After an intermission, we will reconvene at 6:00pm for our Main Stage of readers, featuring writer Ryka Aoki. Ryka was honored by the California State Senate for “extraordinary commitment to the visibility and well-being of Transgender people.” She worked with the American Association of Hiroshima Nagasaki A-Bomb Survivors, and two of her compositions were adopted as the organization’s official “songs of peace.” You can snag a book or two of her’s before the festival from Rediscovered Bookshop in downtown Boise!

The second night of Death Rattle will end with Hell Raver at Lloyd Square from 9:30-11:00; an all-ages dance party for artists and festival goers to mingle and celebrate; featuring DJ Pepsi Ultra and DJ Pocari_Sweat.

October 6th 

The last day of Death Rattle will start at 2:00-4:45pm at Ballet Folklorico in Downtown Nampa with two free-to-attend workshops taught by artist keynotes Carta Monir : Writing through Trauma and Juli Majer of DD00GG about writing Abstraction and Comics. 

5:00pm -6:30PM, we have our Fiction Showcase featuring locals such as Denise Simone and regionals Amanda Hatlock.

 At 7:30pm, the festival will end with the Sunday Poetry Showcase, which convenes at Lloyd Square, featuring regional and local poets. 

Sixth Annual Death Rattle Writers Festival Schedule

Schedule Oct 5th:  RSVP HERE!

At Flying M Coffeegarage Nampa  —
5:00pm – 6:35pm — Opening Poetry Showcase ~ free!

 7:00pm –  9:00pm — The Spill ~ $3 donation

At PreFunk Beer Bar Nampa — 

10:00 – 11:30pm —  Erotica! ~ 21+ ~ Free! 

Schedule Oct 6th:  RSVP HERE!
At Flying M Coffeegarage Nampa —

10:00am – 3:00pm — Book Fair featuring dd00gg, Ryka Aoki, and Carta Monir with free sounds by With Child 

At Flying M Coffeegarage Nampa —

4:00pm – 5:30pm — LGBTQIA+ Poetry Showcase, ft. Carta Monir

6:00pm – 8:00pm — Keynote & Main Poetry Showcase, ft. Ryka Aoki

At Lloyd Square, Nampa, ID — Hell◈Raver

8:30pm – 11:30pm — 

𝘋𝘑 𝘗𝘖𝘊𝘈𝘙𝘐_𝘚𝘞𝘌𝘈𝘛 and faʟse ᴅj ᴘeᴘsʏ uʟᴛra

marching hand in hand into 𝔬𝔟𝔩𝔦𝔳𝔦𝔬𝔫

Schedule Oct 6th: RSVP HERE!
At Ballet Folklorico Mexico Lindo Idaho! —

2:00pm – 3:30pm — Workshop: Carta Monir

3:45pm – 4:45pm — Workshop: Juli Majer + Cristian Hernandez (DDOOGG)

At Lloyd Square, Nampa, ID

5:00pm – 6:30pm — Fiction Showcase

At PreFunk Beer Bar Nampa

7:30pm – 9:00pm — Poetry Showcase

Meet all the keynotes here: