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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Slam legend Jason Carney was in the house last night, showing off his classic slam-era chops and a few tricks he learned in his MFA program to boot! A consummate performer, Jason brought us family stories, wild trips through nightmare and dream, and a compelling call to action. You can take a peek at his fascinating memoir, Starve the Vulture, at his publisher’s page here.

The Last Chance slam closed the night, and it was certainly a doozy: not just one, but TWO ties raised the stakes in the first round of play! The finals came down to veteran local Colin Killick and first-time slammer (and second time Cantab reader) JR Mahung. With raucous audience response for both, the judges had a tough decision to make… Colin sealed the win with an off-page, off mic performance and took home the $10. Colin also wins a spot in our February 4 slam team selection prelim!

Next week: TEAM SELECTION SLAMS BEGIN (you know it’s important when caps lock gets involved). Wednesday, January 28 will be the first of two preliminary heats to narrow the field for the 2015 Boston Poetry Slam Team! Remember: our open mic will be a little shorter, the feature is the awesomely all-star 8-person slam, and we’ll be looking for judges ASAP. Cover charge is $5 tonight to help raise money to send the team to Oakland in August.