Cantab Feature for Wednesday, April 3, 2019: Team Selection Preliminaries

Happy National Poetry Month! The Boston Poetry Slam will celebrate this year’s iteration of the Cruelest 30 by beginning the process to select a slam team to represent the venue for 2019. The Cantab’s Team Selection Slams have always been the venue’s biggest, wildest poetry slams of the season, and this year’s is no exception: up to TWENTY-ONE POETS will slam in these preliminary heats, and spots are still available to qualify! To see who has already qualified, and peep the remaining qualifying dates, click here.

This year’s slam format, by the way, will be extra extra: poets get 4 minutes to spend over two rounds of poetry, lending an extra element of surprise and strategy to the competition. Judges will be pre-selected (are you volunteering?) to put numbers on this ultimately unpredictable affair. At the end of the night, the top poets advance to the April 24 Semi-Finals and can set their hopes on Finals in May.

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. A SHORTENED open mic begins at 8:00 and the slam begins at approximately 9:30. The show is 18+ (ID required) and the cover charge is $5; proceeds will benefit the 2019 Boston Poetry Slam Team.