Category Archive: Cantab recaps

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

Cantab Recap for Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Happy Black History Month, Cantabbers! This Wednesday, we were super-proud to bring Sasha Banks back to our stage, a fantastic thinker and writer in the home stretch of her MFA candidacy (and NYC residency!). Sasha brought us a half-hour of newly crafted work, speaking cleanly and beautifully to so many of the issues on our …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Last night, once again, poets and listeners warmed the corners of our hearts as well as the darkest, dingiest corners of the underground bar we call home every Wednesday. Thank you so much to the folks who continue to support and engage with our reading, both by speaking out and by providing an open-hearted audience …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Thanks for filling our room to the 100-mark for 100% of 2017, poetry lovers! Of course, your motives may have been purely selfish: last night’s nine-poet prelims was a glorious example of why you should never miss a minute at the Boston Poetry Slam. After the dust cleared on heat two of our Team Selection …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, January 11, 2017

We’re back, Cantabbers! Actually, you’re back: the house was packed this week for the first heat of the Team Selection Slam Preliminaries, and no wonder… The field was strong and the slam was hot. Without further ado, we present the results of the nine-poet prelims:

1 (t). Neiel Israel 55.0
1 (t). John Pinkham …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Happy new calendar year, Cantabbers! What a joyous start to 2017: a super-solid and thoughtful open mic turned out for a huge audience, all ramping up to see a grand feature from Nkosi Nkululeko. This Callaloo fellow, Pushcart Prize nominee, and eminent NYC slammer most assuredly messed with the minds and vocabularies of those present …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, December 28, 2016

It was a big night at the Cantab to close out the calendar year, folks, wherein a murderer’s row of slam winners lined the back bar, all awaiting a chance at the title held by Jess Rizkallah. First, though, one of our past Champions of Champions took the stage for a feature; Zanne Langlois drove …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Poets, we made it: the dark nights are finally officially getting shorter, marked by a bright and shiny feature from the generous-minded and thoroughly thoughtful Valerie Lawson. This long-time long-gone host of our open mic returned with a beautiful, gentle, and welcoming set for the mighty good listeners of last Wednesday. Valerie’s feature was followed …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, December 14, 2016

After months of patient waiting, we were extremely pleased to finally welcome Columbus poet and SlamMaster Scott Woods back to our mic this past Wednesday. Scott selected a moving set for us this visit, taking on persona, offering advice, and kicking sand over the line between ally and enemy. If you missed it, and you …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, December 7, 2016

As the nights get longer, poets, so does the Cantab swell with more folks looking to escape the cold world outside! This week saw a full room for a feature by Northampton Jasmin Roberts, who rolled through a nearly all-off-page set of her classic pieces, finishing with a taste of where we hear her work …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, November 30, 2016

It was a dark and stormy night this past Wednesday in Cambridge, folks, but that didn’t stop a hardy and enthusiastic crowd from piling into the venue to see a feature from Gabriel Ramirez. Gabriel dropped a little rhyme on us before launching into the narratives that helped push his National Poetry Slam teams to …

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