It was a windy spring night in Cambridge last night, which meant that we were lucky enough to have Chanel Dupree blow in from New York via Northampton! This up-and-coming poet brought us a lovely and lyrical set, including both well-polished poems from last year’s Nationals and some brand-new work we expect to see sharpened on the stage later this summer. The slam was a well-balanced six-poet fight, boiling down to JR Mahung and Janae Johnson in the 1-minute round. Janae pulled out all the (Stevie Wonder!) stops to take the win and the $10, earning her one of the last spots in our upcoming World Qualifier Speed Slam.
Next week: we welcome back Columbus-at-heart poet and our recent Grudge Match hosting star, Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib. The speed slam that night will be the last in our 8×8 Champion of Champions series.