Holy smokes, Cantab, where did all you late-spring poetry lovers come from? The house sold out in a hot second for Maya Phillips last night, who brought nearly all new-to-us work to the Cantab stage from her fresh chapbook, Welcome Home. After missing Maya on the mic for the two years she’s been in New York City, it’s a savory, rare treat to hear so much of her work again.
(If you missed it, by the way, or found yourself locked out when the open mic sold out by 8:00, you might consider checking out the FAQ on how best to plan to see a show.)
The night’s slam was packed as well, full of eight experienced poets trying out lots of new work! The final round came down to Sophia Holtz and Zeke Russell vying for the $10 prize: Zeke came out on top by just 0.1, but the tight finish earned a huge response from the crowd for both poets.
Upcoming shows: two big slams are going down in the next six days, people! First up is the Nationals-style team slam going down up in Manchester tonight (Thursday, June 12), featuring a wicked four-way grudge match among the poets from Slam Free or Die, Rhythmic Cypher, Lizard Lounge, and our very own Boston Poetry Slam team; there’s plenty of room up at Milly’s and you’re invited to check out the show! Then, next Wednesday, we’ll host our own 4×4 NorthBEAST Regional where the home team takes on Providence, Rhythmic Cypher, and louderARTS-NYC– that one’s a $5 cover to help get our team to the National Poetry Slam in August, so save your quarters and gear up for a big night. See you soon!