Cantab Slam for Wednesday, November 14, 2018: Petty Party Poetry Slam

The Boston Poetry Slam is pleased to continue our 2018 wild ‘n’ boisterous slam series with a glorious mid-fall petty party! Poets are asked to commit their most petty considerations to poetic form in a celebration of the most trivial topics fit for the stage.

Slam has long been home and refuge for the excitingly topical, the politically relevant, and the personally harrowing. Without discounting the importance of the genre as both sociopolitical education and space for the unheard story, we ask poets to turn tradition on its head and dig shallowly into topics typically deemed unfit for stirring presentation: tonight, treatises on the appropriateness of pineapple on pizza, odes to a lover’s belly button lint, and send-ups of institutional power’s most inconsequential foibles will be the price and prize for entering the competition.

Slam format and cash prizes are contingent on the number of advance sign-ups, but folks may expect standard slam rules to apply; prompts are available for those unable to dial their worldview down to inconsequentiality. To sign up for the slam and get format updates, please email

Judges are also invited to offer their services in advance in return for free admission; please email No experience is necessary, or even desired.

Of note: this event replaces the briefly posted “No-Net Slam.” Our slam staff would like to thank the community members who brought the neurotypical exclusionary nature of that ill-conceived format to the SlamMaster’s attention.

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. The open mic begins at 8:00 and the the slam will follow at approximately 10:00. The show is 18+ (ID required) and the cover charge is $3.