Cantab Recap for Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Happy spring, Cantabbers! This year, we were pleased to celebrate the much-awaited return of the warm weather with a much-awaited feature from a local favorite: Jonah Comstock! Jonah brought a new chapbook, a finely tuned feature, and a really brave face to his unexpected roasting on the open mic. It’s a great treat to hear a full body of work from a poet who’s been working in three-minute increments in the Cantab for so long; if you missed his set, you can construct your own from his new chapbook, Sailing Off the Map.

The speed slam that night was a rather competitive affair, featuring a rush to fill the competition after the feature and bringing us under-time gems in every round. The rapid-fire finals was a match-up between Grudge Match team staple Chloé Cunha and a hard-driving Meaghan Ford. Meaghan took the win, and the momentum, as she heads to semi-finals at the House Slam this Friday. Go get ’em, Meaghan!

Next week: we’re back with the first team slam of the year, as five CUPSI-bound local college teams go head-to-head-to-head-to-head-to-head (phew) to prepare for their national tournament! Special treat: this slam will be hosted by, and feature a spotlight from, the incomparable Tariq Luthun of Detroit. This will be a high-energy night and a great preview to our summer of slam.