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Cantab Feature for Wednesday, May 4, 2016: World Qualifier Speed Slam

First of two nights of the Boston Poetry Slam World Qualifier: past slam winners compete in two speed rounds (2- and 1-minute poems) to see who will advance to Finals. $5 cover tonight to raise funds to send the winner to the Individual World Poetry Slam.

Cantab Recap for Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Official results from the second of our two heats of Team Selection Preliminaries have been tabulated!

The top six poets have qualified to move on to Semi-Finals on February 17:
1. Meaghan Ford 52.2
2. Zeke Russell 50.4
3. Quentin Lucas 49.3
4. Nora Meiners 48.7
5. Mckendy Fils-Aimé 48.6

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Cantab Feature for Wednesday, January 20, 2016: Team Selection Preliminaries (Second Heat)

Second of two elimination slams featuring Ed Wilkinson, Emily O’Neill, Jess Riz, Manvir Singh, Mckendy Fils-Aimé, Meaghan Ford, Nora Meiners, Quentin Lucas, and Zeke Russell; hosted by two-time NPS Finalist Eirean Bradley. $5 cover tonight to raise funds to send the team to the 2016 National Poetry Slam in Georgia.

Cantab Recap for Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Yes, yes, José Olivarez was in the house this week! You might not remember this Harvard grad from before he was a published Breakbeat poet and the program director for Urban Word NYC, but José was sweet enough to call his feature last night at the Cantab a kind of homecoming –and to work the …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, October 21, 2015

On pretty much any Wednesday night at the Boston Poetry Slam, you could tell yourself you were looking forward to a diverse, solid, and highly original open mic, a standout feature, or a baller all-star poetry slam. When the stars align, though (not that you’d know from our lightless basement, but let’s metaphor for a …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, September 26, 2015

This past Wednesday, Nora Meiners brought a quirky, thoughtful, vellum-wrapped set to the Cantab stage, performing a few well-loved favorites and putting some polish on a few more that hadn’t seen the light of the basement since their open mic debut. What a fun journey and show! The slam was a five-poet affair that came …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, August 12, 2015

What’s better: assuming that the Cantab-powers-that-be totally knew it was World Elephant Day upon booking Jess Rizkallah’s feature? Or imagining that it was just the wildest, sweetest, luckiest, most synchronicity-stuffed feature selection in the calendar? Holy ker-wow, the brilliant and vulnerable and ass-kicking and, yes, elephant-invoking Jess Riz brought the house down at the Cantab …

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Cantab Feature for Wednesday, August 12, 2015: Jess Rizkallah

Jess Rizkallah, writer and illustrator and open mic favorite. Eighth open poetry slam in the 8×8 series.

Cantab Recap for Wednesday, August 5, 2015

You wanted hit slam favorites? You wanted new surprises? You wanted a surreal group piece, heartstring twang after heartstring twang, and a surprise cover to finish the night? You got it, Cantab! Our team brought the fire and the craft to their one-hour set last Wednesday, and we are so proud to have them representing …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Running a slam in Boston has always meant a lot of transition for the Cantab; poets come to the city for two, or four, or five years, make their mark on the community, and then depart for the next phase of their lives. It can be easy to focus most on the voices we miss, …

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