Tips from the Bar: The Memento Prompt

A prompt from poet and comedian Ron Prudent, via doortender Michael F. Gill:

Write a poem using the non-linear narrative structure of the movie Memento. Use your odd-numbered lines (first line, third line, fifth line, etc.) to tell a story, and your even-numbered lines (second, fourth, sixth, etc.) to tell the same story, but starting from the end and working backwards. Both plots should converge at the end of the poem.

Cantab Feature for Wednesday, September 18, 2019: John Pinkham

John Pinkham, bartender and 2018 Boston Poetry Slam Team member.

John Pinkham, bartender and 2018 Boston Poetry Slam Team member.

John Pinkham is a spoken word poet from Boston. He represented Slam Free or Die at the 2017 National Poetry Slam in Denver and the Boston Poetry Slam at the 2018 National Poetry Slam in Chicago. In 2019, he has done nothing remarkable except pet an alligator. He is a social worker, ofttimes bartender, and generally exhausted.

Tonight’s show is part of our Back to School series, offering an early-bird workshop every week in September before doors open for the open mic! Click here for more information on John Pinkham’s generative workshop on exploring and highlighting humor.

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 Workshop for Wednesday, September 18, 2019 with John Pinkham

Arrive in advance of tonight’s event for an early-bird workshop at the Cantab Lounge before the show. The one-hour workshop has limited space and begins at 5:30, with latecomers admitted no later than 6:00. This is a generative workshop with performance components that is open to anyone all levels of writers and performers who wish to contribute to the night’s feeling of community.

Workshop leader John Pinkham is a two-time National Poetry Slam competitor, one-time Cantab bartender, and more-than-full-time social worker. Learn more about John, who will also be the featured poet for the night, at this link.

DESCRIPTION FROM THE WORKSHOP LEADER
Ways to explore and to highlight humor in poetry through writing and delivery. There will be prompts and self-generated exercises! The artist is fully aware of how “un-funny” this description reads on the page.

Cover charge is $5-$20 sliding scale, which includes admission to the evening show. We ask financially stable poets to consider contributing the higher end of this scale (or more) in order to defer costs for others and support this teaching artist’s generous donation of time to our space.

Due to the constraints of the venue, this workshop has limited space; room can be guaranteed to poets who identify as POC or queer. The best way to secure a spot in the workshop is to send an email.

The venue is 18+ and a photo ID is required. For more information on the night’s open mic and featured poet, click here.

Cantab Recap for Wednesday, September 11, 2019

This past Wednesday, we enjoyed a fabulous four-team slam from poets near and far, getting together for our last 4×4 of the year with the Boston Poetry Slam Team! We were hype to see a surprise dose of group work from Endopolis Poetry Room and Mill City Slam, plus new work and a sweet team vibe from the Awkward All-Stars pickup crew, who landed solidly in the runner-up spot for the night. The Wednesday’s big winners, with their first win at home and remaining champions in our hearts for the rest of 2019, were Terah Ehigiator, Arianna Monet, Joshua Elbaum, Zeke Russell, and, of course, the disembodied four-part floating voice of the MBTA.

This week: we return with an early-bird workshop from John Pinkham: arrive around 5:30 for a 6:00 generative and discussion workshop on humor! Cost is $5-$20, sliding scale, which covers the cost of admission: click here to sign up in advance or to learn more about the event. As always, our doors will re-open at 7:15 for an 8:00 open mic followed by a feature set from Johnny Pink himself.

Tips from the Bar: A Simple Prompt

You are on a date. A ferret appears. Write what happens next.

Cantab Poetry Slam for September 11, 2019: Team 4×4 Slam

It’s the summer of slam, folks! As one of the oldest poetry slams in the known universe, the Boston Poetry Slam holds a certain responsibility to deliver high-energy, high-quality slam to you right around this time of year; come celebrate the tail end of summer with poetic hijinks and literary late-season blooms.

We’re excited to welcome slam teams repping the Mill City Slam from Lowell, the Endopolis Poetry Room of Northampton, a fabulous foursome of Cantab open mic all-stars, and your very own 2019 Boston Poetry Slam Team! The show will by hosted by the eminently energetic Myles Taylor.

Tonight’s show is part of our Back to School series, offering an early-bird workshop every week in September before doors open for the open mic! Click here for more information on a performance workshop exploring storytelling of the body through movement and sound with NPS Finalist Ashley Davis.

This show will have a slightly shortened open mic and will sell out quickly, so we advise arriving for door time at 7:15 to catch a seat. Cover charge is $5 to help raise prize and gas money for the traveling teams.

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 slam begins at approximately 10:00. The show is 18+ (ID required) and the cover charge is $5.

Cantab Workshop for Wednesday, September 11, 2019 with Ashley Davis

Arrive in advance of tonight’s event for an early-bird workshop at the Cantab Lounge before the show. The one-hour workshop begins at 5:30, with latecomers admitted no later than 6:00. This is a performance workshop exploring storytelling of the body through movement and sound, and is open to both performers and listeners interested in respectfully contributing to the night’s feeling of community.

Workshop leader Ashley Davis is a black queer androfemme (they/she) artist, poet, human. Born in California, currently based in Philly with her Grandmother and Great Grandmother, Ashley writes to center the intergenerational black femme and build spaces for rest and inner children to play. Ashley has upcoming work being published in the anthology A Garden Of Black Joy: Global Poetry From The Edges Of Liberation & Living (2019), Apiary (2019), The Shade Journal (2019), and work currently published in WusGood. Ashley was part of the 2019 PinkDoor Writing Retreat, 2019 Philly Pigeon Retreat, 2017 Voices of Our Nation (VONA) cohort facilitated by Patricia Smith, a member of the 2016 National Poetry Slam Finalists from House Slam, and the 2016 NUPIC runner-up. Find Ashley on Instagram or Twitter.

Cover charge is $5, which includes admission to the evening show; no one will be turned away for lack of funds. To guarantee a spot in the workshop, please send an email.

The venue is 18+ and a photo ID is required. For more information on the night’s open mic and slam, click here.

Tips from the Bar: This Is Not My Beautiful Car

Looking for something emotionally important to you, you instead find a set of keys. Do you recognize them? Where do they belong?

Cantab Feature for Wednesday, September 4, 2019: Sam Rush

Sam Rush, poet, musician, and NPS Finalist. Photo by Matthew Francis Radman.

Sam Rush, poet, musician, and NPS Finalist. Photo by Matthew Francis Radman.

Sam Rush is originally from South Florida and began writing poems after developing progressive hearing loss and realizing how many words each word could be. They were a finalist at the 2016 National Poetry Slam and are a member of the House Slam organizing staff. Their work has been featured in The Offing, Muzzle, The Journal, and elsewhere.

Tonight’s show is part of our Back to School series, offering an early-bird workshop every week in September before doors open for the open mic! Click here for more information on Sam Rush’s generative workshop on forms of sonnets.

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 Workshop for Wednesday, September 4, 2019 with Sam Rush

Arrive in advance of tonight’s event for an early-bird workshop at the Cantab Lounge before the show. The one-hour workshop has limited space and begins at 5:30, with latecomers admitted no later than 6:00. This is a generative workshop focusing on writing sonnets, and is open to anyone who wishes to contribute to the night’s feeling of community.

Workshop leader Sam Rush is a National Poetry Slam Finalist, songwriter and musician, and member of the House Slam organizational staff. Learn more about Sam, who will also be the featured poet for the night, at this link.

Cover charge is $5-$20 sliding scale, which includes admission to the evening show. We ask financially stable poets to consider contributing the higher end of this scale (or more) in order to defer costs for others and support this teaching artist’s generous donation of time to our space.

Due to the constraints of the venue, this workshop has limited space; room can be guaranteed to poets who identify as POC or queer. The best way to secure a spot in the workshop is to send an email.

The venue is 18+ and a photo ID is required. For more information on the night’s open mic and featured poet, click here.