Cantab Feature for Wednesday, May 4, 2016: World Qualifier Speed Slam

Our annual run speed slams winds down in May, folks, which means it’s time to ramp up for even speedier action: get ready for the World Qualifier series, a two-night, six-poem series to select the Boston Poetry Slam’s sole representative to the Individual World Poetry Slam! This year’s IWPS will take place in Flagstaff, Ariz. in October, and our World Qualifier slam winner will be entered into the event.

Night one of the World Qualifier will be our annual grand speed slam: a huge field of poets compete in a lightning-fast two-round slam using ONLY 2- and 1-minute poems. That means lots of new work performed by your favorite slam winners from the past year! Top scorers move on to Finals on May 18.

Confirmed slammers for this week include:

  • Marshall Gillson
  • Zeke Russell
  • Jess Rizkallah
  • Bobby Crawford
  • Emily O’Neill
  • Ed Wilkinson
  • Mckendy Fils-Aimé
  • Neiel Israel
  • Cecily Schuler withdrew from slam
  • RebeccaLynn Gualtieri
  • Nora Meiners
  • John Pinkham
  • Meaghan Ford
  • Chloé Cunha

…Plus maybe a few more surprises from our quailfied list. You can also click here for the full rules and format for the World Qualifier Series.

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. An slightly shortened 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 $5; proceeds will go toward funding the World Qualifier winner’s trip to IWPS in DC this October.

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