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Simone Beaubien

Simone Beaubien on her home stage at the Cantab Lounge. Photo by Rich Beaubien.

Simone Beaubien on her home stage at the Cantab Lounge. Photo by Rich Beaubien.

Simone Beaubien has operated as the SlamMaster for the Boston Poetry Slam @ the Cantab Lounge since February 4, 2004. Only the second SlamMaster in the history of the show, she acts as host, booking manager, arithmetic whiz, press agent, and webmaster, as well as performance and strategy coach for the annually selected slam team. To reach her with questions about the show, email slammaster@bostonpoetryslam.com.

Simone first walked into the Cantab in the fall of 1999 upon the repeated urgings of then-regular Jack McCarthy. Only occasionally in the nasty habit of putting pen to paper, and with no theater experience to draw upon for performance, she nonetheless found herself hooked on the competitive aspect of the show. She judged the team selection slams for the Finals-bound 2000 Cantab Slam Team and subsequently was the top scorer in the venue’s 2001 team slams. After a two-year hiatus, she returned to claim the Champion of Champions venue title and to attempt to fill the intimidatingly large shoes of outgoing SlamMaster Michael Brown.

Simone then competed as player-coach at the National Poetry Slam for six more BPS slam teams (2004 through 2010, excluding 2009), and went on to serve as the Host City Director for the 100% sold-out 2011 National Poetry Slam, hailed at that time as the best-attended (6000+ spectators) NPS of all time. She repeated the magic only two years later in the same role for the equally wildly successful 2013 National Poetry Slam. In the intervening year, she founded the Somerville iteration of Chicago’s monthly poetry-variety-vaudeville Encyclopedia Show, passing on the director’s title after two seasons of shows. Simone also frequently produces one-off poetry slams and shows in the New England area, including serving as the Tournament Director for the annual NorthBEAST Regional Poetry Slam. Simone returned to slam competition after a six-year hiatus as a member of the 2016 Boston Poetry Slam Team.

Simone Beaubien hosting the 2008 NorthBEAST Regional Poetry Slam. Photo by Marshall Goff.

Simone Beaubien hosting the 2008 NorthBEAST Regional Poetry Slam. Photo by Marshall Goff.

As a member of the Boston Poetry Slam Team, Simone competed in the Finals of the 2008 National Poetry Slam in Madison, Wis. In 2007, she hosted the Finals of the Individual World Poetry Slam in Vancouver, B.C., and in 2010 hosted the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational Finals at Emerson College’s Majestic Theater in Boston. She features frequently throughout New England and has been invited to perform on stages from Seattle to Columbus to Chicago to New York City. Her poem One-Watt Lover was performed by John Malkovich as part of Jacob Marshak’s chamber ensemble Unsent Domestic Letters. You can find her work on the Cantab stage every Wednesday night; to book her for a show, you may contact her through her personal website, crushingabird.com.