Cantab Feature for Wednesday, December 30, 2015: Sam Rush and the Champion of Champions Slam

New Hampshire poet Sam Rush. Photo by Simon Sarris.

New Hampshire poet Sam Rush. Photo by Simon Sarris.

Sam Rush was raised in South Florida, but now makes poems and songs in and around New Hampshire. Sam got to writing poems after developing progressive hearing loss as a teenager and noticing how many words each word could be. Sam represented the venue Slam Free or Die in the 2014 and 2015 National Poetry Slams and the 2014 and 2015 Women of the World Poetry Slams (WOWPS), performing on Finals stage at WOWPS 2015. They have had work featured in Snacks, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, Alight: The Best Loved Poems of WOWPS 2014, and on Button Poetry, and are the author of chapbooks I meant to say glory and Halleluia or bedbug language for it. Sam currently directs programs at Friends Forever, a non-profit focused on empowering youth from cultures in conflict.

Tonight also marks the final night in our current 8×8 poetry slam series! Eight slam winners will slam off for the season championship and the opportunity to challenge the reigning Champion of Champions, Mckendy Fils-Aimé.

This show in our weekly Wednesday series takes place at the Cantab Lounge, 738 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge. Doors for the show open at 7:15. The open mic begins at 8:00 and the feature performs at approximately 10:00. The Champions of Champions Slam in the 8×8 speed slam series will follow. The show is 18+ (ID required) and the cover charge is $3.