Tag: Christian Drake

Cantab Recap for Wednesday, August 22

The weather may be cooling off a bit, but the Cantab is definitely heating up for the end of the summer: Chicago-gone-Cornell editor Stevie Edwards drew a packed house last night, reading from her Write Bloody book Good Grief. She took us on a sweet, sad, and sometimes whiskey-soaked journey to come out with just …

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Radio Recap for Monday, July 2

Happy birthday, America! At New & Improved, we celebrated it with our first-ever Presidential Smackdown Slam, a head-to-head poetry debate judged by the electoral rabble at the Radio bar. We had a great crowd turn out to see Millard Fillmore, (b)Abraham Lincoln, Eleanor Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, Bill Clinton, and a wild cast of founding and …

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Radio recap for Monday, June 25

At the New & Improved reading, we like to say that we are encouraging cross-genre collaboration and thinking, not just between poets, but among all kinds of self-directed performance artists. Last night, our wish came true in a beautiful way as storytellers, poets, prose writers, comedians, and who-knows-who-else congregated around workshop leader Michael Mack. Michael …

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We’re Slamming at the Mass Poetry Festival!

Massachusetts Poetry Festival -- April 20-22, 2012 in Salem, Mass.

The fourth annual Mass Poetry Fest welcomes us to their roster! Saturday, April 21, you can sign up at 1:30 for the 1:45 Youth Slam at the Old Town Hall, or come to Victoria Station at 9:30 for a good old-fashioned all-star slam at the bar.

Cantab Recap for Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Guest host Erin Jackson encourages the crowd to voice their opinion. Photo by Marshall Goff.

The Team Selection Semi-Finals have narrowed the field to next week’s nine finalists! Check out how your favorites fared, plus enjoy another great gallery of photos from Marshall Goff.

Cantab Recap for Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The packed house at the Team Slam Preliminaries. Photo by Marshall Goff.

Behind the link: scores, rankings, and highlights from the 2012 Team Selection Preliminaries. There’s also a fabulous gallery of images by photographer Marshall Goff!

Feature for January 18, 2012: World Qualifier Semi-Finals

Boston Poetry Slam

Qualified poets slam off in the annual grand speed slam: two rounds of 2- and 1-minute poems to see who will advance to World Qualifier Finals. $5 cover.

Cantab Recap for Wednesday, January 4, 2012

HOLY THERESA DAVIS, CANTABBERS! We do like to start each New Year with a bang, and Theresa’s explosive Cantab feature for the first Wednesday of 2012 was no exception! What a fun, fabulous, excellent show from this off-the-hook Southern WOWPS champion. The slam was a little sparse, but turned out to be full of folks …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, December 14, 2011

What a hot night, Cantabbers! Christian Drake pulled out all the stops for us at his feature, bringing us a selection of new-to-us greatest hits, plus a few favorites written just for the Cantab this summer. The slam was won by Simone, who took a decisive two-round victory over Brian Omni Dillon. Next week: it’s …

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Feature for December 14, 2011: Christian Drake

Christian Drake hosts at the Cantab Lounge during the 2011 National Poetry Slam. Photo by Jonathan Weiskopf.

Naturalist poet Christian Drake features. Semi-final poetry slam in the 8×8 series.