Category: Cantab recaps

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

Cantab Recap for Wednesday, March 28 / Grudge Match Recap

What a week, Cantabbers! First, our Wednesday kicked off big with a sold-out crowd for returning favorite Bobby Crawford, who presented a tight set with all the roller-coaster work-life heartbreak we’d dreamed of. The speed slam was an exciting five-poet affair, welcoming runner-up Kenny Piña on his first night at the show, with Evan Jymaal …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, March 21, 2018

It’s official, Cantabbers! After three rounds of poems, at least two heart-stopping comebacks, more twists and turns than you can count plus a whopping 0.001 millimeters of snow, the Boston Poetry Slam at the Cantab Lounge has a 2018 slam team. Cumulative scores on the night gave us the top five poets (in bold) who …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Hot diggity dang! What a fabulous ending to Black History Month 2018, Cantabbers: our open mic was packed with good thinkers (and just a little sweet sweet love) to close out a truly excellent February. And then our feature, D. Colin, was everything we’d dreamed; she brought a carefully crafted, pull-no-punches set showing off all …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Cantabbers! Thanks to each and every one of you for coming out to the basement last night for SPRING BREAK 2018 Team Selection Semi-Finals! After a roller coaster of a slam, with much of our audience casting some high-quality side-eye at a few judges, we have results. It took two rounds to get the standings …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy day after Valentine’s, poets! Congratulations on closing the books on yet another February 14; we had a glorious No Romance open mic at the Cantab, during which hardly any overtures were attempted and the bingo cards cards created by Cassandra de Alba (with the assist from Michael F. Gill) made fabulous conversation pieces. Truly …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Happy Black History Month, Cantabbers! We were exceptionally proud to kick off our month with a workshop and feature from touchstone poetic voice Hanif Abdurraqib. Hanif put many of hours of work into our gritty little venue, starting with an inspirational generational workshop, taking a short interlude to read outside the venue to folks who …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, January 21, 2018

It took us two Wednesdays, Cantabbers, but we finally finished up the first round (two poems each from nineteen slammers) of the 2018 Team Selection Slams! Our second heat closed out last night, a strong field taking deeply personal work unto the prelim. After two rounds, the dust cleared to reveal:

1. Neiel Israel 57.1

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, January 24, 2018

And so it begins… The first night of our 2018 Team Selection Slams is in the books, with another prelim heat to go before we finalize our roster for semi-finals. This week’s field was strong and getting stronger, with rookies coming out of the woodwork and local veterans digging deep with new work. Check the …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Hot January greatness, Cantab! The gusts of our enthusiastic industrial heater were no match for the hair-blown-back level of sweetness and grace from last night’s feature, Nancy Huang. This welcoming, thoughtful, and dexterous writer shook us into and out of our bodies on a journey through her first collection, Favorite Daughter. Nancy’s in New York …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, January 10, 2018

What a 2018 we are having so far, Cantabbers! Folks who made it out to the venue last night (hoo boy, there were lots of you) were treated to a rare feature from Northampton’s Jelal Huyler, a brilliantly engaging artist with an enviably deft hand at comedy, irony, hip-hop, and free metaphor, all wrapped in …

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