Category: Cantab recaps

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

Cantab Recap for Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Happy Love & Death week, Cantabbers; we are super-grateful to our sixteen intrepid slammers who came out to represent the Valentine’s entity of their choice for this dead-of-winter warm-n-cuddly mid-winter week. In a twist surprising absolutely no one, after an intensely wrought sacrificial round, a highly subjective intro by an outrageously death-aligned slam host, and …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, February 5, 2020

It is always an occasion when we are lucky enough to have longtime Boston-area working poet Tatiana M.R. Johnson in the house! Tatiana ran a stellar and carefully crafted workshop for us to start the night, and was a warmly welcoming listener to our star-studded open mic; her feature was an exciting combination of tested …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, January 22, 2020

It’s been an exceptionally sweet January on the open mic, and this past week was a great highlight: lots of newcomers, lots of returnees, and a warm feeling of listening and being listened to all night. The night was headlined by writer and teacher Devin Kelly, a storyteller with a long-reaching arc of poetics and …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, January 8, 2020

What a warm and wonderful night full of full hearts at the Cantab this week, folks. 2018 Boston Poetry Slam Team member and NPS semi-finalist Meaghan Ford generated a brand-new chapbook for the feature slot, put together brand-new content for the stage, and oh btw basically put on a performance clinic for anyone needing a …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Happy new calendar year, Cantabbers! We kicked off 2020 this past Wednesday with a cozy and enthusiastic group cheering their hearts out for Suzanne O’Toole, our steadfast and super-smart perennial open mic opener. Suzanne squeezed a record amount of poems into her set, but also a record amount of tenderness and welcome: a happy beginning, …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Happy old year, Cantabbers! We’ve closed our calendars a little bit early with a celebratory double-feature: huge thanks to Cam Awkward-Rich and Franny Choi, who’d be sold-out solo features on any night of the year, for packing the house this week with a grand workshop and shared show. Our open mic was filled with celebrants …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Last night, Evan J. Cutts breezed into town from his far-flung MFA program, bearing new work, new forms, and new florals (of course!). Evan read for us from his new Charlie Parker series, plus checked in with some erasures from his last visit to the Cantab feature slot: swing by to see one of our …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, December 4, 2020

This past Wednesday, we enjoyed an incredible feature– punctuated with brilliant and of-course-hilarious banter– from Raych Jackson, Chicago poet and prescient, excellent human. Raych’s book is newly published and beautifully produced by Button Poetry, and you can buy it directly from the publisher if you missed your chance on Wednesday.

Now that it’s winter, we’ve …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Last night, intense listeners packed the house for a high-energy open mic followed by the return of a long-lost 2011 Boston Poetry Slam Team member: Maya Phillips was in town from New York, bringing with her the heady work of her debut collection, Erou. What a privilege and a joy to get to hear Maya’s …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Wow, Cantabbers! José Olivarez came back to be a local for one night only this week, the first time since 2015, and rocked the poetic worlds of a very appreciative audience. José’s easy manner, uncompromising stories, and slow-burn big-rise work glued first-time listeners to their seats and warmed those in the know to the core. …

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