Cantab Feature for January 1, 2020: Suzanne O’Toole

Published poet and podcast star Suzanne O'Toole. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Published poet and podcast star Suzanne O’Toole. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Suzanne O’Toole is a Boston-based spoken word poet who enjoys lending her voice to several characters on various podcasts. She can be found playing the voice of Janet’s mother, Theresa Clarke, on the space-themed time-traveling show Solutions to Problems. Most recently, she can be heard voicing the Honorable Margaret Fly on the newly released surrealistic podcast Wait Wait Don’t Teleport Me!! Her poetry has been published in The Canton Citizen, Canton Writes, and Oddball Magazine.

An open poetry slam is scheduled for the late-night portion of this show, following the feature. The slam will be speed slam format: eight open sign-ups will be available starting at door time, and poets will slam head-to-head in up to three rounds with time limits of 3, 2, and 1 minute. Winner and runner-up qualify for the 2020 Team Selection series. To volunteer to judge in exchange for free admission to the show, or to ask questions about the slam, email the slam curator at

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 feature performs at approximately 10:00, with the poetry slam to follow. The show is 18+ (ID required) and the cover charge is $3.