What do poetry and water management have in common? Not much! Come learn about slams and dams at this month’s installment of Nerd Nite Seattle. Be there and be square.

Nerd Nite Seattle

Monday, May 18
7:30 (Doors open at 6:30)
Admission: $5

The Wizard of Odds: Behind the Curtain of Water Management at the Baker Project || John Chandler

How are lakes and rivers managed? This presentation goes behind the curtain of how water management decisions are made at the Baker Project, a two reservoir, 200 MW facility which is operated by Puget Sound Energy and lies within the Skagit River basin. Taking a holistic view of how to consider several competing objectives are discussed, such as flood control, environmental constraints, recreational opportunities, generating power, providing grid stability, and operating in ways that avoid major damage to the equipment. Other topics include a high level discussion on implementing Baker’s new operating license, an overview of the different internal and external parties associated with managing the lakes, and making decisions in the face of uncertainty.

“So What?” A Brief History of Slam Poetry, the Art Form That Doesn’t Give a %$^# || Elisa Chavez

Spoken word poetry is older than Homer, but how did we get from the Odyssey to Def Poetry Jam? This talk will careen through the Harlem Renaissance, zip past the Beats, hang out with hip-hop, and explain the influences and circumstances that created one of the most vibrant and long-lived literary movements of the 20th century.

Elisa Chavez is a spoken word poet, pen-for-hire, and nonprofit foot soldier in Seattle, WA. She represented Rain City Slam at the 2014 National Poetry Slam in Oakland, CA, where her team placed 7th out of 72 teams. She also competed at the 2015 Women of the World Poetry Slam in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as one of the 72 top female poets in the United States and Canada. She does not get a lot of sleep.