A funny, energetic and dynamic performer, Kevin has been a long-time open mic and slam standout at the Cantab since 2002, featuring throughout New England and, just for fun, hustling the occasional rookie slammer at the bar. After a brief hiatus in 2005-2006, Spak returned as a perennial slam favorite and in 2009 took top honors (along with duet partner Melissa Newman-Evans) at the Cantab’s first-ever Group Piece Slam.
Spak found his way to the Cantab hosting staff after rocking the stage as a slam host for the 2010 College Union Poetry Slam Invitational at his alma mater, Emerson College. His high-energy approach to audience engagement runs somewhere between plain-spoken auctioneer and charismatic mad scientist, and no lackadaisical judge can escape his devilish one-eyebrow raise (unless it’s hidden behind the eye patch, of course).
He is the author of two chapbooks, Hundred Dollar Suit and Year of the Spiral Staircase, and co-designer of several board, card and role-playing games, including the upcoming Gladiators (Rio Grande, 2013) and Cosmic Pizza (Cambridge Game Factory, 2012), and the Game Chef-winning independent Shakespearean RPG Forsooth.
In his day job he is an editor and senior staff writer at Newser.com, and his secret identity is co-chief designer at Spoiled Flush Games. He served as one of the Press Leads for the 2011 National Poetry Slam. He may be reached through his Facebook page.