Cantab Feature for Wednesday, January 16, 2019: George Abraham

Widely celebrated Palestinian-American poet George Abraham. Photo by Mara Buzatu.

Widely celebrated Palestinian-American poet George Abraham. Photo by Mara Buzatu.

George Abraham is a Palestinian-American poet, writer, and Bioengineering PhD candidate at Harvard University. They are the author of two poetry chapbooks: the specimen’s apology (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2019) and al youm – for yesterday & her inherited traumas (the Atlas Review, 2017). He is the recipient of fellowships from Kundiman, The Poetry Foundation, and The Watering Hole, and winner of the 2018 Cosmonauts Avenue Poetry Prize selected by Tommy Pico, as well as the honor of Best Poet from the College Union Poetry Slam International. Their writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Tin House, Boston Review, LitHub, The Rumpus, Beloit Poetry Journal, and anthologies such as Nepantla, Bettering American Poetry, and Beyond Memory: An Anthology of Arab American Creative Nonfiction (University of Arkansas Press, 2019).

Their first full-length poetry collection, Birthright, is forthcoming with Button Poetry in 2020. Visit George at Instagram, Twitter, or gabrahampoet.com.

The Boston Poetry Slam is pleased to announce that George will also present an early-bird generative writing workshop prior to the open mic portion of the show. For more information, including how to sign up in advance, please see our separate event page.

This show in our weekly Wednesday series takes place at the Cantab Lounge, 738 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge. Doors for the show open at 7:15. The open mic begins at 8:00 and the feature performs at approximately 10:00. The show is 18+ (ID required) and the cover charge is $3.

Cantab Recap for Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Congratulations to all the listeners who got in to see our first sold-out show of 2019! Last night, Cave Canem Poetry Prize winner, CUPSI Best Poet, and all-around dope writer Julian Randall had folks falling (gently) over each other to catch his half-hour set. Powerful, unapologetic, and masterfully crafted, Julian’s work shook, flexed, and lifted the audience to a high point in the new calendar year, exactly what we needed on this second Wednesday; folks still looking to purchase the poet’s book can grab his work straight from his publisher at Pitt. Extra thanks to the writers who came out early to make for a lively workshop and dialogue before the show: if you missed your chance to write a poem there, no worries, we’ve got another workshop next week starring George Abraham.

Yup, you read that right: George Abraham will not only lead a workshop before doors open for the show, but also be releasing the specimen’s apology that week on Sibling Rivalry, at The House Slam, and right here at the Cantab! You can count on different sets, different takes on poems, and different (soon-to-be-famous) banter from the author at every show from this beloved local; come to us early, stay late, hear poems and maybe even write one in the warm light of a room filled with fellow artists.

Tips from the Bar: The Shane Koyczan Prompt

Try answering this question from a Shane Koyczan poem:

When was the last time you knew everything was going to be okay?

Cantab Feature for Wednesday, January 9, 2019: Julian Randall

2017 Cave Canem Poetry Prize winner Julian Randall. Photo by Nicholas Nichols.

2017 Cave Canem Poetry Prize winner Julian Randall. Photo by Nicholas Nichols.

Julian Randall is a Living Queer Black poet from Chicago. He has received fellowships from Callaloo, BOAAT and The Watering Hole and was the 2015 National College Slam (CUPSI) Best Poet. Julian is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and is the curator of Winter Tangerine Review’s Lineage of Mirrors. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as New York Times Magazine, The Georgia Review, and Sixth Finch and in the anthologies Portrait in Blues, Nepantla and New Poetry from the Midwest. Julian is a candidate for his MFA in Poetry at Ole Miss. His first book, Refuse, is the winner of the 2017 Cave Canem Poetry prize is available from the University of Pittsburgh Press.

The Boston Poetry Slam is pleased to announce that Julian will also present an early-bird generative writing workshop prior to the open mic portion of the show. For more information, including how to sign up in advance, please see our separate event page.

This show in our weekly Wednesday series takes place at the Cantab Lounge, 738 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge. Doors for the show open at 7:15. The open mic begins at 8:00 and the feature performs at approximately 10:00. The show is 18+ (ID required) and the cover charge is $3.

Cantab Recap for Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Happy new calendar year, Cantabbers! We celebrated this Wednesday with an exceptional journey and feature from Ilyus Evander, soon-to-be-gone-from-Providence poet, who touched down on just a few well-known poems amongst a terrific whirlwind of her new sci-fi-like ouevre. It was a sweet and sad and superbly high-energy start to 2019; if you are waving farewell to this poet having only just been introduced, we hope you’ll stick around in coming months for some of the great up-and-comers we have coming to the stage.

Next week, of course, our scheduled feature (and workshop leader! sign up at this link!) has fully emerged into the literary world and will be riding high on his prizewinning book, Refuse: the eminent Julian Randall will be packing the house, so we recommended showing up early to stake out a spot to listen.

Tips from the Bar: Crickets! Who Ordered Crickets!?

A box comes to your door; you open it, and something floods out, in great quantity, too much for you or your living space. Do you try to save yourself? Hold back the tide? Salvage the contents of the box?

Cantab Feature for Wednesday, January 2, 2019: Ilyus Evander

Ilyus Evander, transfem poet/activist from Providence. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Ilyus Evander, transfem poet/activist from Providence. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Ilyus Evander is a transfem poet/activist based in Providence, RI. She has represented the Providence poetry slam at five national poetry tournaments including Brave New Voices and the National Poetry Slam. She is a two-time finalist at the Capturing Fire Queer Poetry Summit and a 2018 FEMSlam Champion. Her work aims to identify, explore, and deconstruct the stigmas found at the intersections of queerness and mental illness. She wants you to know her beard is a fem. She wants you to know her lipstick is masc. She wants you to know you are loved and you are seen and you are important.

This show in our weekly Wednesday series takes place at the Cantab Lounge, 738 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge. Doors for the show open at 7:15. The open mic begins at 8:00 and the feature performs at approximately 10:00. The show is 18+ (ID required) and the cover charge is $3.

Cantab Show for Wednesday, December 26, 2018: NO SHOW TONIGHT

No poetry show tonight! Enjoy an evening outside the bar and come see us with your new work at our next show on January 2, 2019.

Need inspiration in the meantime? You can always dial up a random Tip from the Bar: click here to get a writing prompt from Adam Stone‘s weekly series.

And you can see our upcoming shows page for the 2019 schedule so far:
http://bostonpoetryslam.com/see-a-show/weekly-show/upcoming-features-and-slams

Cantab Recap for Wednesday, December 19, 2019

Cantabbers! Our starriest of love to you for packing the house last night for our final show of 2018. (Our next show is January 2 and we hope you are hyped.) The theme was ASTROLOGY and both our open mic and 4×4 team slam really came through with on-theme work devised to surprise and delight and educate and welcome all in the room. The featured event, of course, was the Astrology Team Slam, wherein teams from Earth, Air, Fire, and Water faced off in the ultimate battle for astrological poetic supremacy! The fight was fierce (okay and really loving), but the ultimate winners of the show stole our hearts and also nearly all of the points: congratulations to Aquarius Zeke Russell, Libra Justice Ameer, Libra Ilyus Evander, and Gemini-cusp Truj.

Big thanks to those who made this night possible: especially HYOOG gratitude to Myles Taylor, who both recruited the night’s slam rosters and hosted the event beautifully; special mention to Ilyus Evander for her pre-show workshop; and a hat tip to doortender Michael F. Gill who provided the inspiration for this excellent night.

As we may have mentioned previously, there is NO SHOW ON DECEMBER 26; the Cantab, however, will be open for business if you’d like to pay cash for drinks and enjoy the blues jam. We’ll make up for our little break when we return on January 2: fortune will favor us with quadruple-Libra and soon-to-be-southbound poet Ilyus Evander for our feature to kick off 2019. See you there!

Tips from the Bar: Lease at Will

Write an ad to get the roommate you think you deserve.