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Quarantining with the Boston Poetry Slam

As of March 16, 2020, the Boston Poetry Slam announced that our shows in physical space will be cancelled until further notice. In the interest of public health, as well as promoting a culture of safety in our community of artists, we plan to adhere to state, local, and medical guidelines for as long as …

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Public Health Update for March 16, 2020: Shows Postponed Through April 1

Poets, listeners, once and future Cantabbers: you will be unsurprised to hear that our March 18, March 25, and April 1 shows have been CANCELLED. We will work to reschedule our features at the earliest most appropriate opportunity. In the meantime, we hope you will support our postponed features with purchases direct from their presses:

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Boston Poetry Slam Public Health Update: March 12, 2020

And now, the poetic content you’ve been waiting for: the Boston Poetry Slam would like to acknowledge and address the current public health events surrounding coronavirus/COVID-19 in the Cambridge and surrounding areas.

As of noon on Thursday, March 12, the Boston Poetry Slam is currently running as usual: we hold a weekly Wednesday show …

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Sunday, July 7, 2019: Boston Poetry Slam Team @ The Roost in Northampton

The 2019 Boston Poetry Slam Team is: Terah Ehigiator, Joshua Elbaum, Arianna Monet, and Zeke Russell. Photo by Tatiana M.R. Johnson.

Late-breaking news, poets! Are you in Western Mass this weekend? If so: you’ve got a chance to catch the 2019 Boston Poetry Slam team in a last-minute set at The Roost in Northampton.

Starting at 4:00 p.m. at 1 Market St. in Northampton, the team will read short sets, accompanied by special local guests …

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Cantab Update for Wednesday, February 6, 2016: Open Poetry Slam!

Stop the presses, folks! Our headlining event for tonight has changed: after the open mic finishes, we’ll be holding an open poetry slam competition, which means that YOU could bring three poems and fight our judgemental judges’ judgeiness for a $25 cash prize. Standard rules apply: all rounds have a 3-minute time limit with no …

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The Boston Poetry Slam and the House Slam Present: THE GRUDGE MATCH, March 29, 2018

The House Slam takes on the Boston Poetry Slam for the fourth year running. Banner by Emily Carroll, photos courtesy Marshall Goff and Rich Beaubien.

Special THURSDAY show at OBERON in Harvard Square! Poets from the Boston Poetry Slam take on opponents from the House Slam across the river, featuring a cast of all-star poets, special guests, and celebrity judges. Tickets $10-$15, advance purchase recommended.

Announcing the Fourth Annual Grudge Match Poetry Slam!

Thursday, March 29, 2018: come to OBERON at 2 Arrow Street in Cambridge to spring into National Poetry Month! Let our all-star lineup of seven matches (plus one bonus sacrifice round) from House Slam and the Boston Poetry Slam spring you into National Poetry Month just a few days early.

This is an …

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Final Update from the 2016 National Poetry Slam

It’s Saturday at the National Poetry Slam, Cantabbers, and the NPS 2016 slam team is taking a much-deserved rest after a blisteringly hot bout semi-finals bout last night; the BPS took fifth to a strong field including Houston VIP, Bull City Slam, Brooklyn Slam, and the Finals-bound House Slam.

The team went into semis …

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Postcard from Friday at the 2016 National Poetry Slam

Bout sheet for bout #30, Thursday, August 4, 2016, at the National Poetry Slam.

The 2016 Boston Poetry Slam team is inordinately pleased to announce that we are ranked 12th in the nation after two nights of poetry, qualifying us for semi-finals! The BPS took the win last night in a room at Decatur City Hall over BamaSlam from Montevallo and our two NorthBEAST allies from Mill City and …

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Update from the National Poetry Slam!

Bout sheet for bout #10, Tuesday, August 2, 2016, at the National Poetry Slam.

The 2016 Boston Poetry Slam Team bouted at Nationals last night in the first of two preliminary bouts, taking a rank of 2 behind the Atlanta-based Art Amok team, and defeating two teams from Chicago (Uptown/Green Mill and Mental Graffiti).

It was, of course, a hot night in Decatur, and perhaps eighty people were …

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