Category Archive: Cantab recaps

Recaps from the Boston Poetry Slam @ the Cantab Lounge's weekly show.

Cantab Recap for Wednesday, June 14, 2017

What a sweet and fabulous open mic at the Cantab this week, folks; maybe it’s the weather, maybe it’s our low-key/high-talent summer crowd, or just maybe it was the perceptive and good-humored generative workshop run by feature Jon Sands before the show, but good thinkers and writers turned out and turned up for our show’s …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, June 7, 2017

We’ve arrived, folks: with the good weather and empty bar-and-coffeehouse stools in Boston comes the summer of slam, our annual region-wide ramp-up to the National Poetry Slam, this year taking place in Denver, Colorado. Seven New England teams represent at NPS this year, and four of them faced off at the Cantab last night! When …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, May 31, 2017

A very lucky crowd turned out for the Cantab last night in what marked the first of many sweet evenings with our summertime crew: an unhurried, thoughtful open mic, followed by a substantial portion of Maya Phillips‘ MFA thesis, all its academic glory polished up with Maya’s elegant and powerful reading voice. The slam was …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, May 24, 2017

What a night, folks: eight poets entered the epic four-round World Qualifier this week, but only one could leave as the World Qualifier Champ and the Boston Poetry Slam’s sole representative to the 2017 Individual World Poetry Slam in Spokane, Washington this October. It was an awesome night, full of strong performances all around and …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Is summer here already, folks? Last night’s show had all the signs: a sweltering night outdoors, a packed house inside, and breath-of-fresh-air Jess Rizkallah in the house, returned from her MFA program at NYU. Jess brought us a glorious selection of nearly all new works, packing tons of poems into her feature with her signature …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Slammers and listeners! Another speed slam season is in the books, and it’s been actually, totally rad. Last night was the culmination of our winter of fast-talking short-poem slams, the battle royale from which only eight poets may emerge! Twelve of our eighteen qualified poets showed out with their two- and one-minute poems for the …

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Cantab recap for Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Poets! Listeners! Wednesday night bar patrons! Thanks so much for bringing this year’s National Poetry Month to a close with us this week at the Cantab. Our feature this Wednesday was Jonathan Mendoza, 2015 National Poetry Slam champion and Pizza Pi Press author. Jonathan brought us a solid selection of brand-new ideas and work just-published …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Welcome back, CUPSI poets! The house was packed last night with the triumphant return of our local poets from college nationals, including Emerson, Simmons, Northeastern, UMass Boston, and more (who’d we miss?), all to catch JR Mahung and the Champion of Champions slam! As expected, Northeastern co-coach and LTAB co-director JR rocked the house with …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, April 12, 2017

National Poetry Month rolls on, and what better poet to hear a full set from than the month’s very namesake? Last night, a small and mighty crowd braved the malfunctioning subway to roll into the venue just in time for a riveting feature from April Penn. The weekly venue mainstay showed off just some of …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, April 5, 2017

At last, at last, it’s National Poetry Month! You know, the one time of year you can read about “Is Poetry Dead?” in ten percent of your major news outlets… But don’t worry, our literally underground poetry scene continues very much alive for 12/12ths of the year, which you already knew if you were out …

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