Tag: Meaghan Ford

Cantab recap for Wednesday, September 5

It was a packed and respectful house last night for local poet, organizer, workshopper, and all-around good guy Michael F. Gill. A poet with a real ear for sound and texture, Michael presented some old favorites and some bright shiny new work, all of it pleasing to our audience’s ear. He also released a chapbook, …

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Radio Feature for Monday, August 6: Comedy Meets Poetry with Wes Hazard!

Comedians Wes Hazard, John Paul Rivera, Gary Petersen, and Matt Kona get ready to get funny on your funny bone.

What defines poetry? What defines art? Are you allowed to laugh at poetry? What’s better art: making an audience laugh, or making an audience admire your language? Seriously, who cares?! For this show, BPS regular Wes Hazard will co-curate a super-fun selection of comedians and poets, whom we’ve asked to go light on the heavy and heavy on the funny. Follow the link to learn more about our eight spotlight artists!

Radio Recap for Monday, July 30

I’ll bet you didn’t even know there was a downstairs venue at the Radio bar, did you? Well, there is: in deference to a previously-booked night of bands upstairs, we meandered down the back stairs to the wood-like-paneling extravaganza that is the basement of our Monday night bar. With just a hint of sound bleed …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, July 18

We at the Boston Poetry Slam fervently hope you did not spend this past Wednesday night bailing your basement out after the rainstorm. Surprisingly, the Cantab was totally, dry… And we only wish we could take credit for having planned the tornado shelter of Laura Lamb Brown-Lavoie‘s voice on hand to feature. In the tradition …

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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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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!

Cantab Recap for Wednesday, February 15, 2012

We don't know if it's poetry, but it happened at Erotic Poetry Night. Photo by Marshall Goff.

Folks, we have somehow survived another Erotic Poetry Night at the Cantab Lounge! It was another night of poets mixing the sensual with the slutty, subtlety with straight-up (or not) sex, and erotica with neurotica… Let’s just say we’re pretty sure Congress doesn’t have a panel to deal with ANY of the propositions we heard …

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Cantab Recap for February 1, 2012: Mckendy Fils-Aimé Wins the World Qualifier Finals!

McKendy Fils-Aimé, our 2012 IWPS representative, performs on the Cantab open mic. Photo by Cassandra Ashley.

Congratulations to Mckendy Fils-Aimé, who will represent the venue at IWPS this October! A full recap is below. Next week’s feature: 2010-2011 NPS champ Sierra DeMulder, plus an open poetry slam in the 8×8 series.