Last night, as expected, we were almost unutterably thankful to have Providence SlamMaster and poet Franny Choi in the house. Franny rocked the mic with the poise, brilliance, and remarkable craft that has earned her spots on all three Poetry Slam, Inc. finals stages, as well as publication in Poetry magazine. Franny will have a new book available in March: if you want to give yourself something to look forward to after the winter, you can pre-order Floating, Brilliant, Gone from Write Bloody Publishing.
The slam was full of good words from some all-time regulars and more than a few just-about-on-break college students! The finals came down to Kevin Roberts, a Lizard Lounge slammer who just so happened to get a Wednesday night off, and Zeke Russell, who holds down the sober side of the Cantab bar like it’s his job. Zeke took the slam by a breathlessly slim 0.1 margin, earning himself $10 and securing (again!) his spot in the 2015 Team Selection Slams.
Next week: need a good, freeing belly laugh? Champion of So Many Things Mike McGee will be in the house to help you out next week, so come cut loose with us as the nights get longer. We’ll also have one of our very last open poetry slams of the season.
Plus, TONIGHT: it’s the first Thursday of the month, which means it’s time for our LGBTQ+ reading, Moonlighting! Come down to Fazenda Coffee Roasters tonight at 7:30 for the open mic and stay for the last Moonlighting feature of the year, the soon-to-be-less-elusive Bobby Crawford.