Category: Cantab recaps

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

Cantab Recap for Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Last night, poet Jasmine Reid took our stage for a sound-rich, spellbinding feature featuring work from her upcoming chapbook from Honeysuckle Press. This tender and uncompromising poet brought us along an emotional and physical journey linked with lush vowels and abundant slant rhyme, deprioritizing narrative in favor of audible sumptuousness: a glorious and blooming opener …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, May 29, 2019

What’s better than a five-Wednesday month? How about a one-time Poet Populist and intense font of potential energy taking the stage at 22 Again; this past week, Toni Bee closed out our May poetry sessions with a sweet and sexy and smart set of poems, songs, and welcoming banter. Extra thanks to Toni for her …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Shay Alexi appeared in our venue last night, fresh from Atlanta and hot in the middle of a long-haul tour, reading and performing selections from Diary of a Ghost Girl and opening their heart to a gentle and enthusiastic audience. What a sweet night! And, great news: for folks hoping for more of Shay’s work …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, May 15, 2019

We did it, Cantab: eight poets hit the stage last night in the hope of achieving the first-ever 2019 Boston Poetry Slam Team, went three rounds against one another with utmost joy and professionalism, and, at last, when the dust cleared the results were in:

1. Joshua Elbaum 83.8
2. Arianna Monet 82.3

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, May 8, 2019

What’s better than looking at the calendar and seeing you get five poetry Wednesdays in a single month? We’ve got it, and it’s definitely: getting a springtime double-barrel of features from the outgoing National slam team! This past week, 2018 NPS semi-finalist, CUPSI coach, podcast star, and Ploughshares production manager Allison Truj brought a brand-new …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, May 1, 2019

A dream come true! We kicked off the heart of New England springtime this past week with our very own Maeday: Sara Mae, 2018 Boston Poetry Slam Team member and Game Over Books author, was our radically smart and tender feature. The FEMS director read and performed old favorites and new, including a generous dose …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, April 24, 2019

What a close to National Poetry Month, Cantabbers! This past Wednesday, a dozen semi-finalists took the stage looking for fame, glory, and a time just under seven minutes in two rounds to get them each an invite to our upcoming Finals. After two poems each, we’re excited to announce that poets in bold will be …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Congratulations! Happy National Poetry Month! What is this life! Last night, we were ultra-pleased to host a release party for Brandon Melendez’s hyper-new and shiny book, Gold That Frames the Mirror, a collection exploring family, home, joy, and just a little bit of tequila. It’s been an honor and a joy to host Brandon as …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, April 10, 2019

National Poetry Month rolls on, poets: we had a rare and exciting four-part show this past week, beginning with a genuinely joyful generative workshop with Siaara Freeman and finishing up with the much-anticipated Last Chance Slam: in between, of course, holding our weekly open mic and getting into a full set from headliner Siaara. We …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Happy National Poetry Month, Cantabbers! We are beyond pleased to announce our semi-finalists for the 2019 Boston Poetry Slam Team. After a two-round, four-minute slam, we qualified eleven poets who are ranked as follows:

1. Terah Ehigiator
2. Joshua Elbaum
3. Meaghan Ford
4. Arianna Monet
5. George Abraham
6. …

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