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.

Feature for November 9, 2011: Alvin Lau

Alvin Lau

Featured poet Alvin Lau

Alvin Lau is a Chicago native, writer of poetry and prose, and proud son of Chinese immigrants. An avid competitor in poetry slams, he is the highest ranking Asian-American slam poet of all time and has won more high stakes poetry slams than any other poet in the world. He is a two-time champion of Louder than a Bomb: the Chicago Youth Poetry Slam, two-time champion of Brave New Voices: the National Youth Poetry Slam, a four-time regional slam champion, a five-time national finalist and 2006 and 2011 individual runner-up, a Pushcart Nominee, and in 2007 he was named “Poet of Conscience” by Amnesty International.

His work has appeared across various media, including Rattle Magazine’s Tribute to Slam, the Poetry Foundation online, National Public Radio, numerous literary journals and anthologies, and the fifth and sixth seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. He has shared stages with Nikki Giovanni, Talib Kweli, and Buddy Guy, and performed at hundreds of colleges across the country, including Yale, Harvard, Columbia, Stanford, and Sarah Lawrence College. Favorites include mangoes, tequila, and Lupe Fiasco.

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 2, 2011

On some cold nights, it’s extra sweet to hunker down at the Cantab and enjoy a night from all the locals. We had a particularly solid open mic, followed by long-awaited feature Sophia Holtz. A high-talent slam was won by Sean Patrick Mulroy, who took the final round over Meaghan Ford.

Next week: NYC/Chicago poet Alvin Lau swings through for a feature, plus another open poetry slam.

Tips from the Bar: Cross-Media Prompt

Write a letter from a character in literature to a character in a movie.

Tips from the Bar: Writing Prompt

Write a eulogy for an inanimate object.

Tips from the Bar: We’re All Adults Here

Write about something you once hated but now love.

Feature for March 30, 2011: CUPSI Warm-Up

CUPSI Warm-Up! In honor of our many NorthBEAST teams traveling to the College Union Poetry Slam Invitationals this April, we present a double-header of 4×4 team slams! Local college teams competing: Berklee College of Music, Brown University, Brandeis University, Emerson College, Clark University, Middlesex Community College, Boston University, and Hampshire College.

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.