Feature for April 4, 2012: Team Selection Preliminaries

Boston Poetry Slam

Every performance poet in the country wants a shot at the biggest annual stage the genre has to offer: the National Poetry Slam, which hits Charlotte, North Carolina this August. The first step to getting there? Securing a spot on the local slam team, of course. As winter gives way to spring, the Boston Poetry Slam will be heating up with a three-night, seven-round slam series designed to narrow the field of Cantab all-stars down to a fortunate and fabulous fivesome.

It all kicks off with the Team Selection Preliminaries, the first night in the series. With up to twenty-one poets qualified to slam in the evening’s marathon two-round show, this will be the Boston Poetry Slam’s biggest slam of the year! The amazing list of all-stars is a work in progress, but you can follow along here on our website.

The competition will be hosted by the professionally rambunctious Sean Patrick Mulroy upon his return from touring Europe and the U.S. An experienced slammer, host, and former Boston Poetry Slam Team member, Sean is known for keeping the slam rolling and the energy high… With maybe just a little extra snark along the way.

Doors for the show open at 7:15. A SHORTENED open mic begins at 8:00 and the slam begins at approximately 9:00. An open poetry slam in the 8×8 series will follow. The show is 18+ (ID required) and the cover charge is $5; proceeds will go toward sending the team to the National Poetry Slam this August.