Cantab Recap for Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Brrr! On the first truly chilly night of the fall, a hardy, poetry-warmed crowd packed into our cozy basement for an incomparable feature by New Jersey’s Nicole Homer. Nicole read intensely and beautifully from her first full-length collection, Pecking Order (Write Bloody 2017), engaging the audience with her tested performance chops and taking the crowd in her competent slam organizer’s hands. Nicole has two more shows at the House Slam and the Dirty Gerund this week, but you also always catch her work at or her extensive personal website.

Our slam was a pretty sweet foursome of tried-and-true slammers testing out their latest work for the stage. The final pairing came down to Brandon Melendez and Myles Taylor, two 2017 team members trying to finally break the tied scores they set making the team back in March! By a bare 0.1, Brandon took the win and the $10… Which means you can watch for Myles pulling exactly zero punches in the remaining slams to qualify for 2018.

Next week: we at the Boston Poetry Slam are extremely pleased to announce that next week’s feature will by Ricky Orng! Ricky is a Cambodian-American poet who got started slamming at the famous Mill City venue in Lowell, and he now works to curate the dynamic East Meets Words reading just down the street in Central Square. As always, our night will start up with an open mic and close out with poetry slam open to all.