Cantab Feature for Wednesday, April 23, 2014: Hieu Minh Nguyen and the Champion of Champions Slam

Twin Cities poet Hieu Minh Nguyen. Photo credit: Michelle Tacheny.

Twin Cities poet Hieu Minh Nguyen. Photo credit: Michelle Tacheny.

Hieu Minh Nguyen was born and raised in Saint Paul, Minnesota, by a single, Vietnamese-American mother. He is the author of This Way to the Sugar (Write Bloody Press, 2014) He co-coached the 2011 University of Minnesota poetry slam team, which placed fourth at the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational.

Hieu was also a member of the fifth-ranked Minneapolis adult National Poetry Slam team in 2011. In 2012, he was a featured performer at The Equilibrium’s 10-year anniversary show, performing alongside slam legends Patricia Smith and Anis Mojgani. He is currently a member of the Good News Poetry Tour, which travels across the country performing at various colleges and universities. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as The Journal, PANK, Muzzle, decomP, Anti-, and Indiana Review. He works at a haberdashery.

Tonight also marks the final night in our current 8×8 poetry slam series! Eight slam winners will slam off for the season championship and the opportunity to challenge reigning Champion of Champions Sean Patrick Mulroy.

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. The open mic begins at 8:00 and the feature performs at approximately 10:00. The Champions of Champions Slam in the 8×8 speed slam series will follow. The show is 18+ (ID required) and the cover charge is $3.