The Boston Poetry Slam and the House Slam Present: THE GRUDGE MATCH, April 19, 2015

First-ever Haley House vs. Boston Poetry Slam Grudge Match! Banner by Emily Carroll.

First-ever Haley House vs. Boston Poetry Slam Grudge Match! Banner by Emily Carroll.

THE GRUDGE MATCH: House Slam vs. Boston Poetry Slam
Sunday, April 19, 2015
OBERON, 2 Arrow St. in Harvard Square, Cambridge
doors at 6:30pm, show 7pm-9pm
18+, $10/advance or $15/door (click for tickets)
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Get ready for the biggest National Poetry Month event of 2015! The House Slam @ the Haley House Bakery Cafe and the Boston Poetry Slam @ the Cantab Lounge are proud to present the first ever GRUDGE MATCH POETRY SLAM between the two venues.

On Sunday, April 19, greater Boston’s oldest and freshest slam venues will face off against each other in a head-to-head poetry battle for big-city bragging rights. Poets from each team will use all the tricks of their trade— lyricism, comedy, political fury, and straight-up heartfelt personal narrative— to impress rowdy audience and all-star judges in the heart of Harvard Square!

Team Boston Poetry Slam will be represented by SlamMaster Simone Beaubien (Captain), Bobby Crawford, Chloé Cunha, Marshall Gillson, Jade Sylvan, Joshua Elbaum, Sean Patrick Mulroy, and Meaghan Ford.
Team House Slam will be comprised of SlamMaster Porsha Olayiwola (Captain), Nora Meiners, Febo, Melissa Lozada-Oliva, Cassandra Euphrat Weston, Sterling Higa, Jordan Peterson, and Janae Johnson.

All slammers will present NEW WORK written EXCLUSIVELY FOR THIS SLAM on topics selected by the Captains. They’ll be judged by five hyper-critical American-Idol-style judges, including Mass LEAP leader Alex Charalambides, slam legend and Story Club Boston curator Ken Green, displaced Portland slam champ Sarah Lynn Herklots, local thinker and slammer Colin Killick, and one-time Cambridge Poet Populist Toni Bee.

The show opens promptly at 7:00 with performances from comedian Wes Hazard, musician Steve Subrizi, and Princess Moon. The slam will follow, hosted by Encyclopedia Show host Aimee Rose Ranger and Columbus poet Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib.

This show is 18+ and tickets are $10 in advance/$15 at the door. All proceeds go to help send the House Slam and Boston Poetry Slam teams to the 2015 National Poetry Slam in Oakland, California this August.