Lauren Yates is a Philadelphia-based poet whose work is known for its deeply personal subject matter and conversational tone. Lauren stands out as one of the more nuanced writers in the Philadelphia poetry scene. Her poetry demonstrates a quiet confidence that challenges the showmanship typically associated with spoken word.
In Fall 2009, Lauren joined The Excelano Project, the University of Pennsylvania’s premier performance poetry collective. While in the group, she performed in six shows, competed at the 2011 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational, created the group’s tenth anniversary chapbook Van Gogh’s Ear for Music, and coached the 2012 slam team to third place at the Wade-Lewis Poetry Slam Invitational. Since graduating from Penn, Lauren has focused on submitting to journals and competing in local poetry slams. Her work has appeared in APIARY, FRiGG, The Bakery, The Legendary, and more. She is also a poetry editor of Kinfolks magazine and a 2015 National Poetry Slam semi-finalist. You can learn more about her at laurentyates.com.
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. An open poetry slam in the 8×8 series will follow. The show is 18+ (ID required) and the cover charge is $3.