Feature for December 7, 2011: Jamei Bauer

Jamei Bauer

Jamei Bauer

Jamei Bauer is a veterinary technician, educator, and poet. She fled her home state of Alabama at the age of 17 and has been proud to call New England her home ever since. She loves snow. She once, accidentally, killed a giraffe. The biggest reason people stop talking to Jamei at parties is that she tells disgusting stories about working in an animal hospital. The biggest reason people stop talking to Jamei at work is that she tells them she writes poetry. Much of her work deals with reconciling these worlds.

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

Cantab Recap for Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Cantab fans turned out in full force to see 2011 Cantab Slam Team member (and Emerson Poetry Project curator) Maya Phillips feature last night! She brought a super-tight set of old work and new, including a brandy-new chapbook for the fans. The final open slam in the 8×8 series was won by Melissa Newman-Evans, who charmed the audience early then took a heartbreaker of a final round over Ed.

Next week: everybody’s favorite vet tech poet, Jamei Bauer, will be our feature. The slam will be the first of the two 8×8 semi-finals with Bobby, Sam, Nate, and Sean competing.

Tips from the Bar: Pandorschrodinga’s Box

You have a received a gift from someone who:

  • Doesn’t like you
  • Is a terrible gift-giver.

What’s in the box?

Feature for November 30, 2011: Maya Phillips

Maya Phillips performs on the Cantab open mic. (Photo by Marshall Goff.)

Maya Phillips performs on the Cantab open mic. (Photo by Marshall Goff.)

Maya Phillips grew up in Long Island. She is pursuing a degree in Writing, Literature, and Publishing at Emerson College in Boston, Mass. She was a member of Emerson College’s 2010 and 2011 CUPSI teams, as well as a member of the 2011 Boston Cantab Team. She is the current curator and SlamMaster of Emerson College’s slam series. She splits her time between the Boston and New York poetry scenes. Maya also works as one of the hosts at the Boston Poetry Slam.

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.

Tips from the Bar: Persona Poem Prompt

Your poem should start with the first line: “I’m not a serial killer, but…”.

Cantab Recap for Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Here’s hoping the holiday week was fabulous for everyone! We had a great time on Wednesday at the bar, listening in to Lucifury, who came all the way from Denver to rock a full set. The slam was won by Simone, who narrowly defeated crowd favorite Ed in the final round.

Next week: 2011 Cantab slam team member Maya Phillips features, followed by the last open poetry slam of 2011.

Feature for November 23, 2011: Lucifury

Theo "Lucifury" Wilson

Theo "Lucifury" Wilson

Lucifury (Theo Wilson) is a founding member of the Denver Slam Nuba team, who won 1st place in the 2011 National Poetry Slam. He began his speaking career in the N.A.A.C.P. at the age of 15, and has always had a passion for social justice. He attended Florida A&M University, where he obtained his B.A. in Theater Performance. Upon graduating, he interned as a full time actor in St. Louis Black Repertory Company, where he was introduced to slam poetry, and has never looked back.

In 2004, he returned to Denver, winning many local slams against Denver’s top competitors. He won the 2007 Erotic Poetry Slam in Austin, Texas, and in 2009, he had the honor of placing 5th in the world at the International World Poetry Slam. He teaches and lectures on poetry with the Art-From-Ashes nonprofit poetry therapy organization, and is a proud resident of Denver, Colorado. Lucifury has opened for performers such as Dead Prez, The Flobots, Bahamadia, Saul Williams, Taylor Mali and Universes.

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.

Cantab Recap for Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Last night, 2011 Cantab slam team member McKendy Fils-Aimé rocked an amazing poetry-dense set for an enthralled crowd. A true nail-biter of a slam was won by Meaghan Ford, who eliminated Z in the final round.

Next week: Theo “Lucifury” Wilson, NPS 2011 Champion from Denver, swings into town to feature. The night will close with another open poetry slam.

Feature for November 16, 2011: McKendy Fils-Aimé

Hailing from Manchester, New Hampshire, McKendy Fils-Aimé is a four-time competitor at the National Poetry Slam since 2008, representing Slam Free or Die, the Worcester Poets’ Asylum, and, of course, the Cantab. In early 2011, he toured the country as part of a poetry quartet called No More Ribcage. Some of his work can be found in literary journals such as Amoskeag, Radius, and Borderline.

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.

Cantab Recap for Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Last night, we got a visit from the world’s winningest slam poet, Alvin Lau! Alvin jam-packed his set with poetry and took us on a wild ride through a solid variety of work. The slam was won by NYC traveler Brian Omni Dillon, who defeated New Hampshire’s Ed Wilkinson in an out-of-state final round!

Next week: 2011 Cantab Slam Team member (and proud 603’er) McKendy Fils-Aimé, plus another open poery slam.