Cantab Slam for Wednesday, January 30, 2019: Joy Slam & Chris Leja Spotlight

The Boston Poetry Slam kicks off the 2019 slam season with a much-needed slam on the theme of Joy! Poets are asked to bring their most joy-focused poems to the stage in a celebration of warmth during these dark days of winter. This slam will be hosted by local ray of sunshine Kieran Collier.

Slam format and cash prizes are contingent on the number of advance sign-ups, but poets should expect to need up to three joyous poems, with standard slam rules in effect. 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.

Brooklyn-based Portland-sound poet Chris Leja. Photo by Daniel Calfo.

Brooklyn-based Portland-sound poet Chris Leja. Photo by Daniel Calfo.

In excellent mid-winter news, touring poet Chris Leja will offer a spotlight feature to highlight our open mic tonight! Chris Leja is a writer currently based in Brooklyn who has represented the Portland, Oregon area venues six times in national slam competition. His work has appeared in Tandem, Borderline, Unshod Quills, and other journals and anthologies. He’s toured internationally and is a multiple Pushcart nominee. He dropped out of kindergarten, and consequently never learned to share. (Ed. note: Chris will definitely share poems, no fooling.)

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.