Cantab Recap for Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Holy scheduling follies, BPS! After not one, but TWO last-minute cancellations, the incredibly gracious and talented Rushelle Frazier agreed to fill in our Spring Break ’16 feature slot. Rushelle brought us a mix of sass and thoughtful commentary, all wrapped up in the unexpected language and transitions we’ve come to expect from this long-beloved Worcester local. If you didn’t get a chance to pick up her book, here’s a reminder that you can order Heavy Honey straight from the publisher, Doublebunny Press… Or, if you’re itching for more live performance, you can catch her at the 7 Hill Slam in Worcester on April 3.

Our fifth speed slam of the evening began with a somewhat sparse roster, but we were lucky enough to talk two more talented folks into competing for a very solid foursome. The final one-minute round came down to open mic regular John Pinkham vs. Nashville traveler Megan Smith: what a dynamic pairing! Despite a strong and polished effort by Megan, John’s momentum was not to be stopped: congrats to John on his first slam win at the Cantab. See you at the Champion of Champions Slam!

Next week: OH BOY OH BOY OH BOY, it’s the Boston Poetry Slam Team Selection Finals, YUP. Pack a $5 bill for the door to help support the team, because you’ll be paying for THREE awesome rounds from a blisteringly hot final roster: Bobby Crawford, Meaghan Ford, Manvir Singh, Joshua Elbaum, Neiel Israel, JR Mahung, Mckendy Fils-Aimé, Simone Beaubien, and Zeke Russell will all be slamming their dank little hearts out to see which five will represent us at the National Poetry Slam this year. Get in line early, stay late, and bring a buddy to judge the show!