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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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Boston Poetry Slam Team Bouts Tonight at the National Poetry Slam

Greetings from the National Poetry Slam, Cantabbers! Your Boston Poetry Slam team bouts for the first time tonight at 9pm. To follow along with the tournament, you can visit scores.poetryslam.com: you’ll find your home reps in Bout #10 vs. Chicago’s Uptown Poetry Slam, Chicago’s Mental Graffiti, and Atlanta’s Art Amok. Wish us luck!

The Boston Poetry Slam and the House Slam Present: THE GRUDGE REMATCH, April 17, 2016

The Grudge Match is back! April 17, 2016. Banner by Emily Carroll, photos by Marshall Goff and Rich Beaubien.

Special Sunday show at ONCE in Somerville! Poets from the Boston Poetry Slam take on opponents from the House Slam across the river, featuring a host of all-star poets, special guests, and celebrity judges. Hosted by Emily Eastman and featuring poet Muggs Fogarty, musician Brian McCarthy, and comedian Wes Hazard.

Writing Prompts Galore

Tips from the Bar

Looking for more summer writing prompts? Don’t worry, Adam Stone has had you covered since about 2008, when he began providing a weekly writing prompt at the Wednesday Cantab show. We’ve archived his prompts back to about 2011 or so: Tips from the Bar Archive. Thanks, Adam!

Grudge Match 2015 Recap: Thank You to All Our Grudging Fans!

Janae Johnson takes the mic at the 2015 Grudge Match to tell us about the MBTA. Photo by Marshall Goff.

For those of you who were able to get tickets to our sold out Grudge Match show on Sunday: thank you, thank you, thank you! We packed the house with an awesome crowd (comic Wes Hazard said y’all were “dope,” btw) and were so proud to put on a show for you. All the proceeds …

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The Boston Poetry Slam and the House Slam Present: THE GRUDGE MATCH, April 19, 2015

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 Sunday show at OBERON in Harvard Square! Poets from the Boston Poetry Slam take on opponents from the House Slam across the river, featuring a host of all-star poets, special guests, and celebrity judges. Hosted by Aimee Rose Ranger and Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib.

Slam Prelims is ON for tonight, January 28, 2015!

Happy Snowmageddon 2015, everyone! With the blizzard now over and the Cantab Lounge open, we are pleased to announce that the first heat of the Boston Poetry Slam will take place as scheduled tonight. Click here to remind yourself of the awesome all-star list of slammers participating.

Some tips on traveling to the Cantab tonight:

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Check out the Boston Poetry Slam Team in NPS 2014 Semi-Finals Tonight!

BPS logo (square), by Gary Hoare.

Congratulations to the 2014 Boston Poetry Slam Team, who qualified for the semi-finals of the National Poetry Slam tonight! The team took a 2 and a 1 in their prelim bouts and nailed down 14th place (out of 72); now they’re headed into semis against Elevated!, Inkwell, SNO, and Hawaii, with the sole winner headed …

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Boston Poetry Slam Team Schedule Now Available!

The 2014 Boston Poetry Slam Team, clockwise from bottom left: Melissa Newman-Evans, top scorer Janae Johnson, Sean Patrick Mulroy, Omoziele Okoawo, Meaghan Ford. Photo by Marshall Goff.

Wondering where to catch the Boston Poetry Slam Team before they head to Nationals in Oakland? No problem! You can grab their schedule on the team’s bio page, or join the Facebook event if you’d like push notifications for all the details. See you around the NorthBEAST!

Update for Sunday, October 6

It’s a historic day in New England poetry slam, folks… Tonight, we raise our well-worn coffee mugs in a farewell toast to Worcester’s historic slam, The Poets’ Asylum. This long-standing event has been a staple of Wormtown’s Sunday night community and entertainment since 1989, and a beloved space for artists of all ages to cut …

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