Cantab Feature for Wednesday, March 30, 2016: CUPSI Warm-Up and Tariq Luthun Spotlight

Official logo for CUPSI '16 in Austin, Texas.

Official logo for CUPSI ’16 in Austin, Texas.

The annual collegiate national poetry slam tournament is the driving performative force behind a large number of the Cantab’s regular readers and listeners. This year, our local students (and some local familiar coaches as well) will be headed to Austin, Texas for the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. To help our locals gear up for the national competition, we’ll be offering the CUPSI Warm-Up, a team slam featuring Emerson College, Berklee College of Music, Northeastern University, UMass Boston, and Simmons College. This nationals-style 5×4 will incorporate all the collegiate regulations, poetry, and intensity of competition we’ve come to expect from CUPSI.

But wait… That’s not all! We’ll also present a spotlight feature from a well-timed touring poet.

Detroit poet Tariq Luthun. Photo by Michelle Tessier.

Detroit poet Tariq Luthun. Photo by Michelle Tessier.

Tariq Luthun is a Palestinian-American writer & strategist from Detroit, MI. He is currently an MFA candidate for poetry at Warren Wilson College. Among other things, Luthun is the Director of the Ann Arbor Poetry Slam, the Social Media Director of Organic Weapon Arts, and an advisory board member of the nonprofit Write A House. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Offing, Winter Tangerine Review, and Button Poetry. Among other things, some of Luthun’s most recent accomplishments include being named a finalist for the first iteration of the Winter Tangerine Awards, representing the city of Ann Arbor at the 2014 National Poetry slam & 2015 Individual World Poetry Slam, and serving as a Future Corps mentor for the youth poetry festival Brave New Voices.

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 slam begins at approximately 10:00. The show is 18+ (ID required) and the cover charge is $3.