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2017 Slam Team

The 2017 Boston Poetry Slam Team was selected through a seven-poem slam series completing on March 29 that was marked by a series of dramatic ties, resulting in the largest three-round Finals the venue has ever seen. The team will be the venue’s twenty-seventh consecutive representative in national competition, and is composed of Zeke Russell, Neiel Israel, Mckendy Fils-Aimé, Brandon Melendez, and Em Taylor– that’s two Cantab rookies and three grizzled vets from the 2016 team. The team may be booked as a group or individually in the months leading up to Nationals by contacting slammaster@bostonpoetryslam.com.

The 2017 Boston Poetry Slam Team is: Brandon Melendez, Zeke Russell, Mckendy Fils-Aimé, Neiel Israel, Em Taylor. Photo by Marshall Goff.

The 2017 Boston Poetry Slam Team is: Brandon Melendez, Zeke Russell, Mckendy Fils-Aimé, Neiel Israel, Em Taylor. Photo by Marshall Goff.

Scheduled appearances:

  • Mon., April 11: Thanks, Emerson Poetry Project!
  • Fri., May 19: Thanks, Attleboro Arts Museum!
  • Weds., June 7: team slam at the Boston Poetry Slam
  • Thurs., June 15: thanks, Slam Free Or Die!
  • Weds., June 21: team slam at the Boston Poetry Slam
  • Weds., July 12: team slam at the Boston Poetry Slam
  • Fri., July 28: team slam at House Slam
  • Sun., July 30: ON HOLD for the WordxWord Festival
  • Weds., Aug. 2: send-off feature at the Boston Poetry Slam
  • August 7-12: National Poetry Slam in Denver, Colorado!
  • Scheduling and Performance/strategy coaching for the 2017 Boston Poetry Slam Team is coordinated by Simone Beaubien.