Cantab Feature for Wednesday, April 10, 2019: The Last Chance Slam

The Boston Poetry Slam’s utterly unpredictable 2019 slam season continues with a big night with a big reward: the Last Chance Slam!

With Team Selection Preliminaries in the rearview (whoa) and Semi-Finals on the horizon (sweet!), the Cantab offers one more chance to get back in the game. Poets who sit out the open mic and put their name in the hat by 9:00 p.m. will have a chance for one of eight spots in the 10:00 slam. The slam will be two rounds (order is randomized by draw for both), and poets will have a TOTAL of 4 minutes over two rounds to impress the judges, with the top cumulative scorer earning a spot in Semis.

Any poet looking for a Semi-Final spot is welcome to throw their name in the hat, including those knocked out prelims last week, but let the preliminated be warned: no poems that were already slammed in this year’s preliminaries will be permitted. If slam rules get you hype, you can check out the full format here.

Judges are also invited to offer their services in advance in return for free admission; please email

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 the slam will follow at approximately 10:00. The show is 18+ (ID required) and the cover charge is $3.