Tag: Brandon Melendez

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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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Brrr! On the first truly chilly night of the fall, a hardy, poetry-warmed crowd packed into our cozy basement for an incomparable feature by New Jersey’s Nicole Homer. Nicole read intensely and beautifully from her first full-length collection, Pecking Order (Write Bloody 2017), engaging the audience with her tested performance chops and taking the crowd …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Thank you, thank you, thank you! Plus three more thank-yous, because there are five poets and one coach all full of gratitude for the Cantab audience right now; over the course of the last four months, our little three-or-five-dollar-show has raised the not-insignificant amount of money necessary to register our team for the National Poetry …

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Cantab Feature for Wednesday, August 2, 2017: The 2017 Boston Poetry Slam Team

The 2017 Boston Poetry Slam Team is: Brandon Melendez, Zeke Russell, Mckendy Fils-Aimé, Neiel Israel, Myles Em Taylor. Photo by Marshall Goff.

A celebratory send-off feature for the 2016 Boston Poetry Slam Team: Zeke Russell, Neiel Israel, Mckendy Fils-Aimé, Brandon Melendez, and Myles Em Taylor. $5 cover to help raise funds for the team’s travel and lodging at NPS next week.

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 Feature for Wednesday, May 24, 2017: World Qualifier Final

BPS logo (square), by Gary Hoare.

Final night of the Boston Poetry Slam World Qualifier: Brandon, Sara Mae, Truj, Em, Meaghan, RebeccaLynn, Alex, and Zeke slam off for the venue’s one coveted trip to the Individual World Poetry Slam. $5 cover tonight to raise funds to send the winner to the competition in Spokane, Wash.

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, March 29, 2017

Happy National Poetry Month, Cantabbers! It’s been a wild beginning to spring for poetry, and making not one, but TWO sold-out pre-legendary shows happen (our eleven-person Finals and the third annual Grudge Match) has been an honor, a privilege, and a really good time. First things first: announcing the 2017 Boston Poetry Slam team! After …

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Cantab Feature for Wednesday, March 29, 2017: Team Selection FINALS

Boston Poetry Slam official logo, by Gary Hoare.

Final night of the Cantab’s famed Team Selection Slams! Revised schedule: 8:00 open mic, 8:45 first round, 9:30 intermission. Following intermission, RebeccaLynn will spotlight, then two more rounds will kick off around 10:00. The top five poets at the end of the night will comprise the 2017 Boston Poetry Slam Team. $5 cover tonight to raise funds for the team’s travel to the National Poetry Slam in Denver this August.