It’s a historic day in New England poetry slam, folks… Tonight, we raise our well-worn coffee mugs in a farewell toast to Worcester’s historic slam, The Poets’ Asylum. This long-standing event has been a staple of Wormtown’s Sunday night community and entertainment since 1989, and a beloved space for artists of all ages to cut loose, get real, and receive house-rules penalties for animal acts in a poem. Although the Asylum is closing up shop until further notice, they promise a return “someday in some form.” In the meantime, the spirit, the slam, and most of the community’s of-age poets can be found in full force at Worcester’s Monday night reading, The Dirty Gerund. We at the Boston Poetry Slam send our fondest regards to the Asylum and look forward to throwing our support behind their next project.
Of course, as long as you are toasting, you should also consider offering a tip of your hat (or a mug of your finest cheap beer) to our returning Individual World Poetry Slam representative, Bobby Crawford. Bobby finished 15th of 70 competitors, making him our highest-ranking IWPS rep to date! Come on out this Wednesday and congratulate him in person… Or high-five him on your way to your venue vantage point for this year’s 7th ranked IWPS poet, a previous Cantab IWPS rep, fellow Emerson College grad, and partial inspiration for our month-long Sober October celebration: October 9 feature Carrie Rudzinski.