A sweet and dedicated crowd turned out last night for the final Wednesday of summer at the Cantab, taking the open mic seriously, humorously, and sexily by turns. The many bright spots of the night turned out to be a perfect lead-in to the double-feature from Julia Gaskill and Stephen Meads; these two Portland (Oregon) powerhouses got down to business breaking open the room with the sound of slam, bringing all the quirk, laughs, and sudden circumstance the Pacific Northwest has come to be known for. Cool trick: these two will feature again at Manchester’s Slam Free or Die this Thursday if you want to catch them again!
Next week: we’re so proud to announce we are part of the book release tour for Emily O’Neill‘s newest book, a falling knife has no handle. Emily had some of the nicest things to say about her poetry history at the Cantab over on her website, and also plugged the early-bird workshop she’ll be hosting here: a limited number of walk-ins are welcome at 5:30 for a 6:00 sharp generative poetry workshop before the show, sliding scale $5-$20. More info (and the opportunity to reserve a spot in advance) is available on the workshop event page.