Whoa, semi-finals! It was a super-hot room at the Cantab last night, folks, as thirteen of our top slammers faced off to see who would secure the coveted nine spots at the upcoming Team Selection Finals in March. After two rounds of slam, much of it filled with brand-new work from our performers, the field was officially narrowed. Check out the final rankings for surprises of both the heart-wrenching and heart-warming variety:
1. Melissa Newman-Evans 56.0
2. Omoizele Okoawo 55.6
3. Mckendy Fils-Aimé 55.1
4. Danger Ranger 54.6
5. Nora Meiners 54.5
6. Ed Wilkinson 54.1
7. Adam Stone 53.6
8. (tie) Jade Sylvan 53.5
8. (tie) Sean Patrick Mulroy 53.5
10. Meaghan Ford 53.3
11. Kayla Wheeler
12. Sam Teitel
13. Zanne Langlois
DNS: Marshall Gillson. Scorekeeping by Jamei Bauer.
Extra thanks to our judges, who showed endurance and awesomeness throughout the night: Sara(h) Jane, Michael M., Kelly, Josh, and Joey and Tatyana.
Poets in bold all advance to the Team Selection Finals on March 13! …Danger Ranger has opted out of the Finals, so we’ll be welcoming her to a sacrifice spot, as well as a round of hosting. Yowza! What a night!
Next week: after a tense and competitive night, we’ve decided to cut loose with whole bunch of poems about sex. Yes, you read that right: next week is our annual Erotic Poetry Open Mic, and it’ll be punctuated by the first ever Love Vs. Death Poetry Slam, produced by Kevin Spak. Kick back, relax, and watch the first-date Valentines get awkward at this annual show.