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Announcing the World’s First Serial Sporting Slamcast!

It’s an idea whose time has come, folks: a sports-style accounting of the ins, outs, and overtimes of poetry slam strategy. Boston Poetry Slam host Kevin Spak, along with Mill City SlamMaster Zeke Russell, bring you the on- and off-stage stories of all the biggest slams in town in the inaugural episode of SlamCenter.

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Jack McCarthy Memorial: POSTPONED

For those planning to attend the memorial for Jack McCarthy this weekend, please note that it has been postponed to SUNDAY at a slightly later hour.

From Jack’s website: “The Northeast memorial will take place on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at the Follen Unitarian Church in Lexington, Massachusetts at 3PM. The service will be …

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Cantab Lounge Bids a Sad Goodbye to Bartender Judy Griffin: 1939-2013

Judy Griffin behind the bar around 2007. (Judy's shirt is from the 1999 National Poetry Slam.) Photo by Caroline Harvey.

With a heavy heart, the Cantab community is sad to share that the Boston Poetry Slam’s beloved bartender, Judy Griffin, passed away on Tuesday, January 29. Judy served as bartender from the second year of the slam’s twenty-years-and-counting tenure at the Cantab Lounge, dispensing complementary drinks, on-point heckling, congratulations on a win, or no-nonsense advice, …

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A Farewell to a Cantab Favorite: Jack McCarthy

The late Jack McCarthy performing at his last Cantab feature on June 15, 2011. Photo by Richard Beaubien.

As many of you know by now, nationwide-beloved poet, performer, and storyteller Jack McCarthy passed away on Thursday, January 17. Jack was a member of the 1996 Boston Poetry Slam Team and a weekly fixture of the Cantab’s open mic for almost twenty years before relocating to the pacific northwest.

Friends and fans are invited …

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Meet the 2012 Boston Poetry Slam Team

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The 2012 Boston Poetry Slam Team is Kemi Alabi, Antonia Lassar, Omoizele Okoawo, Mckendy Fils-Aimé, and Melissa Newman-Evans!

We’re Slamming at the Mass Poetry Festival!

Massachusetts Poetry Festival -- April 20-22, 2012 in Salem, Mass.

The fourth annual Mass Poetry Fest welcomes us to their roster! Saturday, April 21, you can sign up at 1:30 for the 1:45 Youth Slam at the Old Town Hall, or come to Victoria Station at 9:30 for a good old-fashioned all-star slam at the bar.