A sporadic musician armed with a Library Science degree, Michael F. Gill has lived and loved in Boston since 1999, but only in 2010 did he finally make it down to the basement of the Cantab Lounge. He was lured on the promise of hearing the best open mic in the English-speaking Language, and that he would get back his salad bowl that Lucie and Michael Monroe borrowed from him. He became a regular reader and listener instantly.
Usually the first person you see when you walk in, Michael started tending the door alongside Michael Quigg in 2012, and has become a steady presence and resource for the show ever since. As of 2023, he does the Boston Poetry Slam’s finances, helps maintain the website, and puts together the official zine of the show, The Cantabernacle. Elsewhere, he runs the Brighton Word Factory (a bi-weekly generative writing group), and helps organize the 365/365 challenge, an online group designed to stretch one’s writing abilities in community with other poets. His website is bbtp.net. He is happy to speak with you about many things, and will definitely talk your ear off about bagels, puzzles, podcasts, and Italo disco.