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Cantab Feature for Wednesday, January 11, 2017: Team Selection Preliminaries (First Heat)

The time has come! The Cantab’s Team Selection Slams have always been the venue’s biggest, wildest poetry slams of the season. Up to TWENTY-FOUR POETS have qualified to slam in the preliminary heats, which will be presented as a one-two punch over two Wednesdays this January.

This event is only the first prelim pool of two! The following poets will compete tonight:

  • Justin Jiménez
  • Neiel Israel
  • Ron
  • John Pinkham
  • Meaghan Ford
  • Jess Rizkallah
  • Brandon Melendez
  • Zeke Russell
  • Adam Stone
  • sacrifices: Evan Cutts, Nora Meiners

The rest of the field will compete at the January 18 heat. Top six poets advance to the March 1 Semi-Finals!

Team Selection Slams are a three-session affair for Cantab poets, with the top five poets after seven rounds comprising the venue’s National Poetry Slam Team. The 2017 Boston Poetry Slam Team will travel to the National Poetry Slam in Denver, Colorado this August.

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. A SHORTENED open mic begins at 8:00 and the slam begins at approximately 9:30. The show is 18+ (ID required) and the cover charge is $5; proceeds will go toward funding the team’s trip to the National Poetry Slam in August.