Cantab Recap for Wednesday, May 29 AND Wednesday, June 5

Time flies when you are planning the National Poetry Slam, folks! But don’t worry: we are still rocking the stage at the Cantab Lounge every Wednesday with the Boston Poetry Slam.

Just a few weeks ago, in fact, we put aside four rounds of slam to select our Individual World Poetry Slam representative for 2013. We’ll be sending just one poet to IWPS in Spokane, Washington this October! After narrowing the field to just eight poets in the semi-final round, we asked the audience to hold fast to their seats for a roller coaster ride of hilarity, tragedy, and ties, ties, ties until we got down to just two poets in the final round! In a startling upset, 2013 team member Omoizele Okoawo fell in the head-to-head round to BPS regular-yet-rookie (and member of the 2013 Mill City Slam team) Bobby Crawford! Huge congratulations to Bobby, who will travel across the country to try his hand at the 72-poet competition this fall.

The next week (that’s just last Wednesday for those of you keeping track) we welcomed Vancouver poet and organizer Lisa Slater to our stage. This thoughtful queer artist dredged up some heavy feelings, interspersed with some lovely light moments. Our slam that night was won by Mill City Slam Team (there’s that name again!) captain Nathan Comstock.

Tonight, tonight, tonight: we’ll be back, of course, with the famed poet-DJ-bartender Eliel Lucero from NYC. We’ll also finish up the night with another open slam. See you there!