Another great night of slam at the Cantab, folks! We kicked off the night with a really solid open mic, followed by the excellent and up-and-coming Anthony Ragler from New York. Anthony brought us a slew of family poems, plus a little preview of what we might hear from him this year when he reps the Nuyorican at the National Poetry Slam.
The slam, of course, was the long-awaited Champion of Champions match, with Sean Patrick Mulroy defending his title against Sheldon Alexander, Chloé Cunha, Sophia Holtz, Sam Mercer, Nora Meiners, Kylie Noelle, and Bobby Crawford (Janae Johnson was on hand to heckle, of course). At the end of the speed-slam seven-poet slam, Chloé was the last poet standing, earning herself a season championship! She opted to let her cash prize ride in order to take a crack at dethroning Sean, but fell just short: Sean took the final round in a 3-2 nailbiter, retaining his title and earning the big $100.
Next week: our feature will start at 9:30, which means a slightly shorter open mic. Why? Because it’s our Venerable Doorman Ron Goba, of course, long-time doorman for the slam celebrating his birthday month with us. If you miss out on the open mic, though, don’t worry: we’ll be starting up another 8×8 series, which means eight slots in the open poetry slam at the end of the night.