Cantab Feature for July 31, 2019: Nkosi Nkululeko

Poets House fellow and Best American anthologized poet Nkosi Nkululeko. Photo courtesy Robyn Espaillat.

Poets House fellow and Best American anthologized poet Nkosi Nkululeko. Photo courtesy Robyn Espaillat.

Nkosi Nkululeko, writer, chess instructor, and musician, is a 2017 Poets House fellow. His poetry can be found in Callaloo, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Offing, Ploughshares, Third Coast, and elsewhere. Nkosi is a recipient of the 2019 Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts fellowship, and is the winner of the 2018 Page Davidson Clayton Prize for Emerging Poets. His poem “Skin Deep,” formerly published by The Adroit Journal, was selected for The Best American Poetry 2018 anthology (Scribner, 2018). Nkosi Nkululeko lives in Harlem, New York.

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, July 24, 2019

Haha extremely funny! But also awkward! But also endearing! But also intense! But also incredibly well-crafted and basically a clinic on how to take a feature seriously while filling the audience with joy and dreams, wow! Our best of all possible thanks to Melissa Lozada-Oliva, last week’s featured poet, who started the night with a workshop on humor and shared her latest project with us, I’m Scared But I’ve Been Here Before, during her feature set.

Next week: we welcome another New York City poet, musician and chess instructor Nkosi Nkululeko, to our stage. Nkosi, by the way, is one of seven NYC writers who’ll be taking on our Boston crew in Harvard Square on August 8’s Tender Match: check out the OBERON website for ticking info.

Tips from the Bar: You Wish You’d Been Billy Barnum

Write or print out an older poem of yours that you’ve let out into the world, but that you think could use some updating or editing. Create a new poem around, over, and in its margins.

Cantab Feature for July 24, 2019: Melissa Lozada-Oliva

House favorite and pizza pi author Melissa Lozada-Oliva. Photo by Malania.

House favorite and pizza pi author Melissa Lozada-Oliva. Photo by Malania.

Melissa Lozada-Oliva is the author of Peluda (Button Poetry) and chapbooks Plastic Pajaros and Rude Girl Is Lonely Girl (pizza pi press). Her work has been featured in Muzzle, the Adroit Journal, Cosmonauts Avenue, Remezcla, BBC Mundo and her mom’s Facebook statuses. She is an MFA candidate at NYU and lives in Brooklyn.

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 Feature for July 17, 2019: Camonghne Felix

Poet and political strategist Camonghne Felix. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Poet and political strategist Camonghne Felix. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Camonghne Felix, M.A. is a poet, a writer, speaker, & political strategist living in New York City. She received an M.A. in Arts Politics from NYU, an MFA from Bard College, & has received Fellowships from Cave Canem, Callaloo & Poets House.

Her first full-length collection of poems, Build Yourself a Boat, was a 2017 University of Wisconsin Press Brittingham & Pollak Prize finalist, a 2017 Fordham University Poets Out Loud semi-finalist, & is forthcoming from Haymarket Books in 2019. The author of the chapbook Yolk, she was recently listed by Black Youth Project as a “Black Girl From the Future You Should Know.”

Felix’s work has been published in BuzzFeed, Poetry Magazine, Apogee, The Offing, the Academy of American Poets website, & more. She’s also been featured in New York Women’s Foundation Magazine, Brooklyn Poets, Politico, Teen Vogue digital, Huffington Post & more.

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, July 10, 2019

This week, we welcomed YesYes author, Pamet River Prizewinner, and NYU MFA Diannely Antigua to the stage. This smart and unapologetic poet plied her charisma and craft-deep knowledge of form to surprise, shake up, and delight the audience. She totally sold out of books, but if you’re looking to catch your collection up, you can get one directly from the publisher here.

Next Wednesday: the incomparable Camonghne Felix visits from New York City to take the stage. This poet, writer, speaker, and political strategist will also have her brand-new book, Build Yourself a Boat, in the house for you. See you there!

Tips from the Bar: While You’re Working on the Real Revolution

Consider a terrible or unnecessary revolution: the Arts & Crafts Revolution, the Counterclockwise Lawn-Mowing Movement, etc. Write it out and see what changes.

Cantab Feature for July 10, 2019: Diannely Antigua

Dominican-Massachusetts winner of the Pamet River Prize Diannely Antigua. Photo by Savuth Thor.

Dominican-Massachusetts winner of the Pamet River Prize Diannely Antigua. Photo by Savuth Thor.

Diannely Antigua is a Dominican American poet and educator, born and raised in Massachusetts. Her debut collection Ugly Music (YesYes Books, 2019) was the winner of the Pamet River Prize. She received her B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts Lowell where she won the Jack Kerouac Creative Writing Scholarship and received her MFA at NYU where she was awarded a Global Research Initiative Fellowship to Florence, Italy. She is the recipient of additional fellowships from CantoMundo, Community of Writers, and the Fine Arts Work Center Summer Program. Her work has been nominated for both the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Her poems can be found in Washington Square Review, Bennington Review, The Adroit Journal, Cosmonauts Avenue, Sixth Finch, and elsewhere. Her heart is in Brooklyn.

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.

Sunday, July 7, 2019: Boston Poetry Slam Team @ The Roost in Northampton

Late-breaking news, poets! Are you in Western Mass this weekend? If so: you’ve got a chance to catch the 2019 Boston Poetry Slam team in a last-minute set at The Roost in Northampton.

The 2019 Boston Poetry Slam Team is: Terah Ehigiator, Joshua Elbaum, Arianna Monet, and Zeke Russell. Photo by Tatiana M.R. Johnson.

The 2019 Boston Poetry Slam Team is: Terah Ehigiator, Joshua Elbaum, Arianna Monet, and Zeke Russell. Photo by Tatiana M.R. Johnson.

Starting at 4:00 p.m. at 1 Market St. in Northampton, the team will read short sets, accompanied by special local guests Catherine Weiss, JR Mahung, and more! The show is free and lasts until 6:00, which gives you plenty of time to sample the café’s delicious offerings.

Cantab Poetry Slam for July 3, 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 your holiday eve with verbal fireworks on our stage.

We’re excited to welcome slam teams repping the following literary entities:

  • Verbal Slap of Connecticut
  • The Dirty Gerund of Worcester
  • The George Abraham All-Stars (local pick-up team)
  • and your very own 2019 Boston Poetry Slam Team!

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… Otherwise, you’ll be waiting until September to catch another team slam. 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.