Cantab Recap for Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Welcome back, fall Cantabbers! The summer regulars had to push over and make room for a flood of returning folks and new poets at last night’s open mic, oddly coinciding with the advent of the school year and all cooperating beautifully to piece together a lovely open mic. Our feature was the eminent, the approachable, the deeply serious and deeply playful Danielle Legros Georges, premier Boston Poet Laureate and very engaging reader. If you missed your chance to purchase her book at the show, we hope you’ll visit Barrow Street Press to pick up her 2016 published work, The Dear Remote Nearness of You.

The slamthereafter, the second in our new 8×8 series, featured a cavalcade of eight poets, all raring for the win. The finals came down to a heads-up pairing between newcomer George Abraham and veteran Cantab slam host Kieran Collier: from the one-spot, George took the win and the $10, ready to spend it right back here in his new local economy. Welcome to the neighborhood, George!

Next week: it’s New York State Capital Region poet (notice how that’s not NYC) Liv McKee! This complex and complete performer brings word from a powerhouse slam we expect to take NPS 2018 by storm. Come on out early (like, real early, because it’s crowded right now) to get on our open mic, sneak in at the 10:00 breather, and/or stay late for the third slam in the 8×8 series, all starting with a 7:15 door time next week.