Cantab Recap For Wednesday, April 10th, 2024

What a Wednesday Cantab! It’s not every week where a birthday and a feature are celebrated at the same time, but that was the case with our feature tonight, Greg Smith! The open mic was excellent, highlights included Arielle Gray’s “I don’t know how to end conversations” piece, and powerful poems from Meaghan Ford and Sara H about domestic violence that really shook the room. Special shout out to the express lane this week, where the 1-minute poems from Ember, Kat Gunther, Finn, Cho, and Mckendy were sneakily one of the best back-to-back poem sequences of the night.

The ✏️Line of the Wednesday✏️ is from Youssef, with: “What is your religion? / What is the name of your mother and the work of your father?”

Our feature and birthday-celebrator Greg Smith gave us an energetic, exuberant, echoing feature, diving into stories of their past and even their future. Greg makes you feel things I can guarantee you’ve never felt before, and the image of a Phoenix rising from a bathroom sink is forever burned in my mind. 

This week, we have a feature from Lynne Schmidt! Lynne Schmidt is the queer, neurodivergent grandchild of a Holocaust survivor. Their latest chapbook, The Unaccounted for Circles of Hell, will be published with Stanchion in January 2024, and Dying Dog Poems will be published later in 2024. Their chapbook SexyTime was a winner of the 2021 The Poetry Question Chapbook Contest, and Dead Dog Poems was the 2020 New Women’s Voices Contest winner. In 2012 they started the project, AbortionChat, which aims to lessen the stigma around abortion. When given the choice, Lynne prefers her pack of dogs and one cat to humans.

See you then!

– Amy ✈️

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