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.

Feature for March 23, 2011: Khary Jackson

Khary Jackson

Khary Jackson

Khary Jackson is a performance poet, playwright, dancer and musician. A Detroit native, he currently resides in the Twin Cities where he serves as a teaching artist and writer. He has written 12 full length plays, one of which (Water) was produced in 2009 at Ink and Pulp Theatre in Chicago. He has been a recipient of several grants, including the 2010 Artist Initiative Grant for poetry from the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the Many Voices Residency from the Playwrights’ Center, in 2005-06 and 2007-08. As a performance poet, he has enjoyed great success in
national competition, ranking nationally in 2007, 2008 and 2009, as well as winning the National Poetry Slam with the St Paul team in 2009 and 2010.

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.

Feature for March 16, 2011: Christa Bell

Seattle poet Christa Bell.

Seattle poet Christa Bell.

Christa Bell is a writer, poet, spoken word artist, arts educator, and cultural activist from Seattle, Washington who received her BA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, has studied in Europe and lived in east Africa. She writes, performs and curates arts events throughout the Northwest, where she is also a competitive performance poet and founder of the Healing Is A Political Act (HIAPA) Creative Recovery Workshop Series.

She is the 2005 Grand Slam Poetry Champion for Seattle and she will lead the Seattle team at the National Poetry Slam in Albuquerque, New Mexico this August. She was also voted to represent the Northwest at the Individual World Poetry Slam (IWPS) in February, where she placed fifteenth in the world, and was a member of the 2004 Seattle Poetry Slam team as well. She has shared the stage with political and artistic luminaries such as Saul Williams, Angela Y. Davis, Mutabaruka, Imani Uzururi and asha bandele.

She is the author of two self-published chapbooks of prose and performance poetry entitled Revival and Arise My Beautiful One, Come With Me, both of which explore the inner lives of Black women as relates to romantic archetypes, sexual freedom and self-worship. She is also the creatrix and producer of a live spoken word poetry CD entitled Word Medicine: The Live Recorded Poetry of Christa Bell.

Her current projects include a memoir entitled 56:Memoir of a Black Girl’s Sexual Coming of Age and an as yet untitled novel that explores the psychic effects of post-traumatic stress disorder caused by the Middle Passage and Slavery as it relates to modern African-American Women, as well as founding the Northwest Black Arts Collective.

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.

Feature for March 9, 2011: Raphael Luckom

Raphael Luckom

Raphael Luckom

Raphael Luckom is a poet/writer/genial misanthrope living in Somerville. He graduated Emerson College in 2008 with a thesis collection of short stories titled “What Not To Do With a Suburban Childhood.” He was a member of the first Worcester Youth Slam Team. The pieces he is currently prepared to admit to writing are online at inferredno.blogspot.com. His recent accomplishments include replacing a social media addiction with an addiction to MIT’s OpenCourseWare, the continuance of his 24-year-long “being continuously alive” streak, and the successful assembly of an optimistic outlook that gets him out of bed 60% of the time without the assistance of weapons-grade bullshit. He works at an appraisal company and is a fan of facts, animals, and good informational graphics. His work has appeared in Gauge Magazine (Emerson) and the South Boston Literary Gazette.

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.