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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Happy National Poetry Month, Cantabbers! It’s been a wild beginning to spring for poetry, and making not one, but TWO sold-out pre-legendary shows happen (our eleven-person Finals and the third annual Grudge Match) has been an honor, a privilege, and a really good time.

First things first: announcing the 2017 Boston Poetry Slam team! After three heartwrenching rounds, the BPS Finals finished out like this:
1. Zeke Russell 82.9
2. Neiel Israel 82.6
3. Mckendy Fils-Aimé 81.1
4(t). Brandon Melendez 80.0
4(t). Em Taylor 80.0

6. Allison Truj
7. John Pinkham
8. Kieran Collier
9. Adam Stone
10. Kylie Noelle
11. Austin Hendricks

Slammers in bold will represent the team at the 2017 National Poetry Slam in Denver, Colorado this August 7-12. Yowza! Extra thanks to sacrifices Zenaida Peterson and Ron Prudent, as well as spotlight sorbet feature RebeccaLynn, for helping to make the night happen. And congratulations to all our slammers: for an unforgettable night that’s sure to go down in Cantab history.

Thanks, also, to our packed houses on Wednesday and Thursday this week; a full house for our triumphant finals (yay!) and an even fuller space at Oberon for our third annual defeat at the Grudge Match (wait, seriously) means that our team can look forward to a solid fundraising base to get to the National Poetry Slam. Our little $3 show couldn’t do it without you, folks; thanks for all the listening you do.

Next week: it’s National Poetry Month, and we know how to celebrate! With poetry, obvs. But, in this case, also with the dense and intense work of Robert Lashley, shining Pacific Northwest poetry star. See you then, glorious listeners.