Cantab feature for Wednesday, May 1, 2013: World Qualifier Speed Slam

It’s the end of our speed slam series, folks, and you know what that means… It’s time for the annual World Qualifier series, a two-night, six-poem series to select the Boston Poetry Slam’s sole representative to the 2013 Individual World Poetry Slam! This year’s IWPS will take place in Spokane, Washington from October 3-5, and our World Qualifier slam winner will be entered into the event.

Night one of the World Qualifier will our annual grand speed slam: a huge field of poets will compete in a lightning-fast two-round slam using only 2- and 1-minute poems. That means lots of new work performed by your favorite slam winners from the past year! Top scorers move on to Finals at the end of the month.

Want to see who’s qualified? Click here for the full list of speed slam invitees. You can also check out the full rules and format for the World Qualifier Series.

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. An slightly shortened open mic begins at 8:00 and the slam begins at approximately 10:00. The show is 18+ (ID required) and the cover charge is $5; proceeds will go toward funding the World Qualifier winner’s trip to IWPS in Spokane, Washington this October.