Tips from the Bar: The Jamei Bauer Prompt

You Cannot Have The Kitchen Table, But I Don’t Give A Good Goddamn About The Stools: You have just broken up with someone, or more likely, they have broken up with you. It’s time to split up your belongings. There is something neither of you want. Explain why it’s they other person’s responsibility to take it.

Feature for May 9, 2012: Patricia Smith

Patricia Smith reads her crown sonnets.

Yes! Patricia Smith– that’s the co-founder of the Boston Poetry Slam, a four-time national individual slam champion, and a 2008 National Book Award finalist– is returning to the scene for a special feature opportunity. She’ll be riding high on the latest work for her new book, a collection of poems about growing up under the influence of Motown.

Frankly, we don’t dare say more here as we already know her show will sell out in a hot minute. If you’re wondering what the big deal is, you can visit her staff page on our website, her personal site, or check out this video of her Motown crown sonnet for a ten-minute taste of this woman’s craft, strength of voice, and downright superhuman presence.

Doors for the show open at 7:15. The open mic begins at 8:00 and the feature performs at approximately 10:00. There is no poetry slam scheduled for this evening. The show is 18+ (ID required) and the cover charge is $3.

Radio Recap for Monday, May 7

Thanks to everyone who came out to our first night at Radio, which was a sweet success! This newly reopened bar at 379 Somerville Ave. in Union Square has a lovely stage, comfy chairs and tables, and great whiskey drinks. It’s almost too nice for us —almost. A cozy group of hard-writing spectators got along just fine with the owner, who opened up on a Monday evening to bring you poetry with Adam Stone and Emily Carroll.

The night kicked off with a prompt-based workshop with Adam, who offered us a writing prompt that was much more expansive than his usual Tips from the Bar: a persona- and cocktail-inspired hour generated some fun new work from about ten dedicated participants. Our open mic followed up (with a generous five minutes per person), and then we enjoyed some of Emily’s thesis work in her first feature! Adam brought the night to a close with a snarky set of new and old work.

We’ll be running workshops and features all month at Radio, and we’re back next week on May 14 with two of the best names (no, really: check out those vowels) in the business… Mckendy Fils-Aimé will lead a 7:00 workshop, then co-feature at 9:00 with Simone Beaubien! Doors open at 6:30 for a $5, 21+ show.

Cantab Recap for Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The feisty and fabulous Emily Rose dropped by this past Wednesday to bring us a very sexy workshop followed by a feature in kind! She even stayed late for extra credit heckling our slam: this latest 8×8 was a flashback to March, with Nora Meiners and Nathan Comstock facing off in the finals. The first win of the season went to Nathan, who’ll be invited back to the Champion of Champions slam in July.

Next week: we’re back on Wednesday with our usual open mic and an extended feature from Patricia Smith. Can’t wait until Wednesday? Come hang at New and Improved at Radio this Monday, May 7 with features from Adam Stone and Emily Carroll.

Tips from the Bar: We Demand an Apology

Apologize for the crimes committed by the monkeys on Maya Phillips’ pajama pants.

Feature for May 2, 2012: Emily Rose

Emily Rose performs at Tourettes Without Regrets.

Emily Rose performs at Tourettes Without Regrets.

Emily Rose is a Chicago-born and raised poet, performer and host of many things. An active organizer in her community, she is currently a Real Talk Avenue Artist, co-SlamMaster and host of the Mental Graffiti Poetry Slam, Jilted Emily Rose at The Encyclopedia Show, Tournament Director for Louder Than a Bomb, member of the 2010 & 2011 Mental Graffiti Slam Teams, a board member for Chicago Slam Works, chair of poetry for the Bucktown Arts Festival, and much much more. Her first chapbook, Cigarette Love Songs and Nicotine Kisses (Cross+Roads Press), was published in 2004. Her work has appeared in After Hours, TimeOut Chicago and more. Emily Rose probably already likes you.

Doors for the show open at 7:15. The open mic begins at 8:00 and the feature performs at approximately 10:00. An open poetry slam in the 8×8 series will follow. The show is 18+ (ID required) and the cover charge is $3.

Workshop for May 2, 2012 with Emily Rose

Emily Rose, workshop leader from Chicago.

Emily Rose, workshop leader from Chicago.

Special one-night only workshop! Emily Rose will offer an early-bird workshop at the Cantab Lounge before her feature. Drop-ins are welcome to swing by. Workshop description:

Sex is a natural part of human existence, yet it seems that a lot of “erotic poems” are meant to be more pornographic than part of the human experience. In this workshop we will discuss the place of sex in poetry as a means to explore the topics of intimacy, relationships, gender dynamics, social change and the politics of desire.

Doors open at 5:30 for attendees, and the workshop runs from 6:00 to 7:00. Cover charge is $5, which includes admission to the evening show. The venue is 18+ (ID required).

Meet the 2012 Boston Poetry Slam Team

Congratulations to the 2012 Boston Poetry Slam Team: Kemi Alabi, Antonia Lassar, Omoizele Okoawo, Mckendy Fils-Aimé, and Melissa Newman-Evans!

The team was finalized on Wednesday, April 25, after a three-night, seven poem series, and they’ll represent the Boston Poetry Slam at the 2012 National Poetry Slam in Charlotte, North Carolina from August 7-11.

The full details about what happened at team selection are forthcoming in our weekly recap… In the meantime, aren’t you wondering what the National Poetry Slam is all about? You can check out this year’s website at, where there are already tickets available to see our team and more than 70 others compete at the week-long event!

Tips from the Bar: the Tom Lehrer Prompt

Produce a poem with too many adverbs. Alternatively: make up your own adverb.

Feature for April 25, 2012: Team Selection Finals

Boston Poetry Slam

It’s the last night of the Team Selection Slams, and it’s sure to be the most exciting; the top nine poets from Semi-Finals will slam off in three wicked rounds to see who will represent the Boston Poetry Slam at this year’s national competition! Appearing in this order in the first round:

1. Ed Wilkinson
2. Sophia Holtz
3. Simone Beaubien
4. Mckendy Fils-Aimé
5. Antonia Lassar
6. Omoizele Okoawo
7. Melissa Newman-Evans
8. Kemi Alabi
9. Maya Philips
Sacrifice poets: Meaghan Ford and TBA

The five highest scorers at the end of the night will travel to the National Poetry Slam in Charlotte, North Carolina, this August, to compete against more than seventy other teams from the U.S. and Canada.

Doors for the show open at 7:15. A shortened open mic begins at 8:00 and the slam begins at approximately 9:30. An open poetry slam in the 8×8 series will follow. The show is 18+ (ID required) and the cover charge is $5; proceeds will go toward sending the team to the National Poetry Slam this August.