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.

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.