Okay, so maybe the college students you know were beach-bound (or better) for spring break last week, but: all the college students WE know were doing hard work laying down poems at our annual CUPSI Warm-Up! The college-nationals bound teams from Emerson College, Berklee College of Music, and Simmons College, plus an all-star pick-up team forevermore to be known as the Guardians of the Galaxy, slammed off for real-time practice and bragging rights on our dirty little stage this past Wednesday.
After a stellar sacrifice performance by Evan Cutts (Quincy College), the teams entered a dramatic deathmatch of doom, using the old-style CUPSI 4×4 team rotation and all the wiles of poetry they could muster. The valiant Guardians of the Galaxy received the Best Poets Award (sometimes known as fourth place), with Simmons capping them by a few points and a solid showing of group pieces! Berklee received the runner-up prize and all the roses, but this year’s Warm-Up crown went to the poets of Emerson College. Congratulations to everyone, and good
luck skill at CUPSI down in Richmond, Virginia next week!
Next week, locally: we’re back with our usual format of open mic, featured poet, and slam– and what a featured poet we have for you! Rachel Wiley, a much sought-after literary from one of our favorite slam scenes in the country (hi, Columbus!) will be in the house with her latest book, Fat Girl Finishing School. See you there!