Cantab Recap for Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Oh, August: even with five Wednesdays, you were just too short to contain all the late-summer greatness of the month’s Boston Poetry Slam features. Last night, we closed out the month with the incomparable Oompa Williams, who brought the heavy, the melodic, the tight tight story and the barzzzz to the Cantab stage. Watching this poet work the room with both new work and poems that were tried and tested on the Nationals stage was a true privilege: watch out, folks, the 2017 slam season is coming! Oh, and if you’re looking to connect with Oomp on social media, you know we promised you these links, so go visit: you can reach her on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter at @oompoutloud.

Speaking of slam season, though: eight more poets vied for a chance to qualify for the 2017 Boston Poetry Slam team last night. Both promising newcomers and pleased-to-see-you returning slammers had to step aside for our two finalists: RebeccaLynn and Nathan Comstock! Despite a strong effort from Nathan, RebecccaLynn finally brought the hammer down in her third final round this month, securing her win and making herself ten dollars richer.

Next week: NO BIG DEAL, IT’S JUST SCOTT WOODS COMING, TRY TO BE COOL, OKAY? One of our favorite perennial features, this Columbus SlamMaster and no-shit-talking librarian will take the stage with no punches pulled, be warned. We’ll finish up the night with the fourth open slam in the 8×8 series.