Cantab Feature for Wednesday, October 16, 2019: GennaRose Nethercott

Poet and lyricist GennaRose Nethercott. Photo by Kirk Murphy.

Poet and lyricist GennaRose Nethercott. Photo by Kirk Murphy.

GennaRose Nethercott’s book The Lumberjack’s Dove (Ecco/HarperCollins) was selected by Louise Glück as a winner of the National Poetry Series for 2017. She is also the lyricist behind the narrative song collection Modern Ballads, and is a Mass Cultural Council Artist Fellow. Her work has appeared widely in journals and anthologies including BOMB, The Massachusetts Review, The Offing, and PANK, and she has been a writer-in-residence at the Shakespeare & Company bookstore, Art Farm Nebraska, and The Vermont Studio Center, among others. A born Vermonter, she tours nationally and internationally composing poems-to-order for strangers on a 1952 Hermes Rocket typewriter.

Tonight’s show also offers an early-bird workshop before doors open for the open mic! Click here for more information on GennaRose Nethercott’s Monster Lab, a generative workshop drawing on folklore to write on the subject of monsters.

This show in our weekly Wednesday series takes place at the Cantab Lounge, 738 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge. Doors for the show open at 7:15. The open mic begins at 8:00 and the feature performs at approximately 10:00. The show is 18+ (ID required) and the cover charge is $3.

Cantab Workshop for Wednesday, October 16, 2019 with GennaRose Nethercott: Monster Lab

Arrive in advance of tonight’s event for an early-bird workshop at the Cantab Lounge before the show. The one-hour workshop has limited space and begins at 5:30, with latecomers admitted no later than 6:00. This is a generative workshop that is open to anyone all levels of writers and performers who wish to contribute to the night’s feeling of community.

Workshop leader GennaRose Nethercott is a widely published poet, lyricist, Vermonter, and winner of the 2017 National Poetry Series. Learn more about GennaRose, who will also be the featured poet for the night, at this link.

DESCRIPTION FROM THE WORKSHOP LEADER: MONSTER LAB
What defines a monster? Dreadful deeds, claws and teeth, supernatural ability? Are monsters villains to be vanquished, or misunderstood outsiders? How, and more importantly, why are monsters born? In Monster Lab, we’ll meet a few of folklore’s strangest beasts– and draw on their power to invent monsters of our own.

Cover charge is $5-$20 sliding scale, which includes admission to the evening show. We ask financially stable poets to consider contributing the higher end of this scale (or more) in order to defer costs for others and support this teaching artist’s generous donation of time to our space.

Due to the constraints of the venue, this workshop has limited space; room can be guaranteed to poets who identify as POC or queer. The best way to secure a spot in the workshop is to send an email.

The venue is 18+ and a photo ID is required. For more information on the night’s open mic and featured poet, click here.

Cantab Feature for Wednesday, October 9, 2019: Shira Erlichman

Shira Erlichman, author of Odes to Lithium. Photo by Hieu Minh Nguyen.

Shira Erlichman, author of Odes to Lithium. Photo by Hieu Minh Nguyen.

Shira Erlichman is a poet, musician, and visual artist. She was born in Israel and immigrated to the US when she was six. Her poems explore recovery –– of language, of home, of mind –– and value the “scattered wholeness” of healing. She earned her BA at Hampshire College and has been awarded the James Merrill Fellowship by the Vermont Studio Center, the Visions of Wellbeing Focus Fellowship at AIR Serenbe, as well as a residency by the Millay Colony. Her debut poetry book, Odes to Lithium, is out in September 2019. She is also the author and illustrator of the picture book Be/Hold: A Friendship Book. When not on tour, she lives in Brooklyn where she teaches writing and creates.

This show in our weekly Wednesday series takes place at the Cantab Lounge, 738 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge. Doors for the show open at 7:15. The open mic begins at 8:00 and the feature performs at approximately 10:00. The show is 18+ (ID required) and the cover charge is $3.

Cantab Recap for Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Like any open mic, the Boston Poetry Slam offers an unscripted, uncensored, unexpected artistic experience, with all of the surprise of starting conversations with people you’ve never met. With all the possible variables, it’s great to be able to count on one thing around here: Tim is coming up soon, and he is going to take care of you. This thoughtful and far-thinking soul put together a series of his one-offs from past open mics for a fresh look at our own familiar worries, transitions, and unusual joys. Tim’s new chapbook, I Wrote You a Letter, is available from the artist at– you guessed it– the early hours of the Cantab, our 8pm-10pm open mic.

Next week: Shira Erlichman was a member of the 2007 Boston Poetry Slam Team, a Fellow at the Vermont Studio Center, and one of the musical heartstrings of the nationally famous Whitehaus hootenannies. She’s touring now in support of her debut book, Odes to Lithium, a labor of years of love poems to the medication for bipolar disorder; come see her back on the Cantab stage for the first time in years.

Tips from the Bar: Free as a Birb

Write a poem from the perspective of a bird (any bird).

Cantab Feature for Wednesday, October 2, 2019: Tim Pettus (Tim H.)

Local poet and listener Tim Pettus (Tim H.). Photo by Tori Dowd.

Local poet and listener Tim Pettus (Tim H.). Photo by Tori Dowd.

Tim H. is Tim Pettus, by which he means no dishonesty, it’s kind of a long story and it just sort of happened and he just likes how it sounds now. When he is not looking for something he has misplaced, he writes poems and novels, juggles, makes wood burnings, and tries to be funny on Twitter. He grew up in Connecticut, which is fine, and he’s usually thinking about moving to New Orleans, which is also fine. He is standoffish in crowded rooms and feels bad about that. In college, he was a member of the CT student poet tour, but he will never show you those poems. He started writing poetry again because of the Cantab Open Mic, and is incredibly grateful to be invited here.

This show in our weekly Wednesday series takes place at the Cantab Lounge, 738 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge. Doors for the show open at 7:15. The open mic begins at 8:00 and the feature performs at approximately 10:00. The show is 18+ (ID required) and the cover charge is $3.

Moonlighting Recap for Sunday, September 29, 2019

Welcome back, Moonlighting! This past Sunday, Ilyus Evander and Myles Taylor relaunched our monthly queer open mic and reading series, which was a wild success with a full open mic and packed room. The Democracy Center in Harvard Square housed a cozy group of LGBTQIA+ performers of various genres and experiences. Following the open was a feature from the newly-formed first-ever Boston Poetry Slam FEMS Team, comprised of adored regular Yehya Barakat, 2019 BPS team member Joshua Elbaum, 2017 BPS team member Myles Taylor, and workshop rockstar Brittany Frederick. Each poet did a couple of tender & mostly new poems, ready to be worked for the tournament in late October.

Next month’s show will be posted soon! Please follow Moonlighting on Facebook to stay updated on dates, features, and whatever spooky things may be in store for our Halloween-adjacent bookings.

Cantab Feature for Wednesday, September 25, 2019: Marty McConnell

Def Poet, NUPIC champ, and underbelly editor Marty McConnell. Photo by Andie Meadows.

Def Poet, NUPIC champ, and underbelly editor Marty McConnell. Photo by Andie Meadows.

Poet, performer, coach and educator Marty McConnell lives in Chicago, Illinois, and received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Her second poetry collection, “when they say you can’t go home again, what they mean is you were never there,” won the 2017 Michael Waters Poetry Prize, and her work has recently appeared in Best American Poetry, Vinyl, Southern Humanities Review, Gulf Coast, and Mid-American Review. She is co-founder and editor of “underbelly,” an online magazine focused on the art and magic of poetry revision. Her first full-length collection, “wine for a shotgun,” was published by EM Press, and YesYes Books published her first non-fiction book, “Gathering Voices: Creating a Community-Based Poetry Workshop,” in 2018. She is a seven-time National Poetry Slam team member, the 2012 National Underground Poetry Individual Competition (NUPIC) Champion, and appeared twice on HBO’s “Def Poetry Jam.” Visit her at martyoutloud.com.

Tonight’s show is the final event in our Back to School series, offering an early-bird workshop every week in September before doors open for the open mic! Click here for more information on Marty McConnell’s Ode to the Odd, a generative workshop on exploring strangeness.

This show in our weekly Wednesday series takes place at the Cantab Lounge, 738 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge. Doors for the show open at 7:15. The open mic begins at 8:00 and the feature performs at approximately 10:00. The show is 18+ (ID required) and the cover charge is $3.

Cantab Workshop for Wednesday, September 25, 2019 with Marty McConnell

Arrive in advance of tonight’s event for an early-bird workshop at the Cantab Lounge before the show. The one-hour workshop has limited space and begins at 5:30, with latecomers admitted no later than 6:00. This is a generative workshop with performance components that is open to anyone all levels of writers and performers who wish to contribute to the night’s feeling of community.

Workshop leader Marty McConnell is a Def Poet, the 2012 NUPIC champion, and a widely anthologized and published Chicago poet. Learn more about Marty, who will also be the featured poet for the night, at this link.

DESCRIPTION FROM THE WORKSHOP LEADER: ODE TO THE ODD
Why be average? In this workshop, we’ll look at poems that celebrate the strangenesses that contribute to our survival and thrival in this world that wants us normal, easy, commodifiable and quiet. And then we’ll do some writing of our own, mining our oddities as a way to own and proclaim ourselves more fully and without shame.

Cover charge is $5-$20 sliding scale, which includes admission to the evening show. We ask financially stable poets to consider contributing the higher end of this scale (or more) in order to defer costs for others and support this teaching artist’s generous donation of time to our space.

Due to the constraints of the venue, this workshop has limited space; room can be guaranteed to poets who identify as POC or queer. The best way to secure a spot in the workshop is to send an email.

The venue is 18+ and a photo ID is required. For more information on the night’s open mic and featured poet, click here.

Cantab Recap for Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Do we see enough of bartender John Pinkham? We do not! Do we see enough of poet John Pinkham? We do not! Was this past Wednesday a glorious triple-catchup candy-basket of John Pinkham goodness? IT WAS, IT WAS. John started the night with an early-bird workshop focusing on an in-depth conversation about humor and poetry, rolling into some very funny prompts that made memorable appearances on the open mic. After slinging drinks behind the bar all night, John stepped on stage for a full set of the playful, laugh-and-thought-provoking work we’ve come to know him for. If you’re lucky enough to catch sight of John in the wilds outside our basement, you can ask him for his new chapbook, Well and Good, released just for our show.

Next week: we’ll be closing out a very busy September with the very well-accredited Marty McConnell as our night’s headliner. An award-winning published poet and National Poetry Slam Champion, Marty was running workshops at the Cantab before the Cantab even ran workshops… If you can arrive before 6pm and want to walk out of the bar with a poem next week, show up for Ode to the Odd, a generative workshop with Marty at the helm.