Cantab Recap for Wednesday, October 23, 2014

It was a wet and windy night on the streets of Cambridge yesterday, with a nor’easter keeping much of our early crowd at home. Still, a good number of folks thought it would be a perfect night to come out and get dark and close together in a cozy basement for Meaghan Ford’s Choose Your Own Adventure-style feature set. Meaghan brought us through the eye of the storm and back out into the light in a retrospective of the themes and work she’s been putting on the stage for the past years.

The slam was our last in the series, which means it drew quite a selection of gung-ho poets (for a change, the slam list filled up well before the open mic)! Eight wildly different voices took the stage to vie for the $10 prize and the last slot in the Champion of Champions slam match next week, but when the waters receded, it was just Kieran Collier and John Mortara left standing. By a slim but hard-earned margin, rookie slammer John took the win and the highly coveted eight-spot in the champs match!

Rain or moonshine, we’ll be back next week with an incredible winners line-up for the 8×8 Champion of Champions slam, as well as the literary stylings of up-and-coming Chicago poet Nate Marshall. See you there!