Cantab Feature for Wednesday, March 11, 2020: Adam Falkner

Dialogue Arts Project founder and Button Poetry author Adam Falkner. Photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths.

Dialogue Arts Project founder and Button Poetry author Adam Falkner. Photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths.

Dr. Adam Falkner is a poet, educator and arts & culture strategist. He is the author of Adoption (winner of the 2017 Diode Editions Chapbook Award) and The Willies (Button Poetry, 2020), and his work has appeared in a range of print and media spaces including on programming for HBO, NBC, NPR, BET, in the New York Times, and elsewhere. A former high school English teacher in New York City’s public schools, Adam is the Founder and Executive Director of the pioneering diversity consulting initiative, the Dialogue Arts Project, in which capacity he develops and facilitates trainings for schools, companies and cultural institutions across the nation. Adam has toured the United States as a guest artist, lecturer and consultant for thousands of students, educators and corporate employees, and was the featured performer at President Obama’s Grassroots Ball at the 2009 Presidential Inauguration. He holds a Ph.D. in English and Education from Columbia University.

Tonight’s event will be preceded by an early-bird workshop on memory and the unreliable speaker led by visiting poet torrin a. greathouse. Click here to learn more about this generative poetry workshop.

An open poetry slam is scheduled for the late-night portion of this show, following the feature. The slam will be speed slam format: eight open sign-ups will be available starting at door time, and poets will slam head-to-head in up to three rounds with time limits of 3, 2, and 1 minute. Winner and runner-up qualify for the 2020 Team Selection series. To volunteer to judge in exchange for free admission to the show, or to ask questions about the slam, email the slam curator at slamseries@bostonpoetryslam.com.

This show in our weekly Wednesday series takes place at the Cantab Lounge, 738 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge, with one flight of stairs to access the basement room (click for directions and accessibility information). Doors for the show open at 7:15. The open mic begins at 8:00 and the feature performs at approximately 10:00, with the poetry slam to follow. The show is 18+ (ID required) and the cover charge is $3.

Cantab Workshop for Wednesday, March 11, 2020 with torrin a. greathouse

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 that is open to anyone all levels of writers and performers who wish to contribute to the night’s feeling of community.

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP LEADER
torrin a. greathouse is a transgender cripple-punk & MFA candidate at the University of Minnesota. She is the author of boy/girl/ghost (TAR Chapbook Series, 2018) & assistant editor of The Shallow Ends. Their work is published/forthcoming in POETRY, Ploughshares, & The Kenyon Review. She was a finalist for the 2020 Pushcart Prize, & is the youngest ever winner of the Poetry Foundation’s J. Howard and Barbara M.J. Wood Prize.

DESCRIPTION FROM THE WORKSHOP LEADER
Memory is not linear, but fragmentary and recursive. Our recollection is full of gaps and mistakes. In this workshop we will be reading poems that to embody this process of dis(re)membering the past. Then, using the techniques we discuss, we will write and share our work.

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, our workshop have 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, Adam Falkner, click here.

Cantab Feature for March 4, 2020: Susanna Kittredge

Susanna Kittredge, Jamaica Pond poet and author of The Future Has a Reputation. Photo courtesy Shelby Meyerhoff.

Susanna Kittredge, Jamaica Pond poet and author of The Future Has a Reputation. Photo courtesy Shelby Meyerhoff.

Susanna Kittredge is a schoolteacher and poet from the Boston area. She belongs to the Jamaica Pond Poets, a weekly workshop group that includes several psychologists, a candy-maker, and multiple feisty old ladies. She is also a regular participant at the Brighton Word Factory, a super fun bi-weekly collaborative writing party. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Susanna is thrilled to announce that her first full-length poetry collection, The Future Has a Reputation, was published by CW Books in January, 2020! You can find links to her work at her website.

An open poetry slam is scheduled for the late-night portion of this show, following the feature. The slam will be speed slam format: eight open sign-ups will be available starting at door time, and poets will slam head-to-head in up to three rounds with time limits of 3, 2, and 1 minute. Winner and runner-up qualify for the 2020 Team Selection series. To volunteer to judge in exchange for free admission to the show, or to ask questions about the slam, email the slam curator at slamseries@bostonpoetryslam.com.

This show in our weekly Wednesday series takes place at the Cantab Lounge, 738 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge, with one flight of stairs to access the basement room (click for directions and accessibility information). Doors for the show open at 7:15. The open mic begins at 8:00 and the feature performs at approximately 10:00, with the poetry slam to follow. The show is 18+ (ID required) and the cover charge is $3.

Moonlighting: A Queer Open Mic and Reading Series on March 1, 2020

This reading is part of our LGBTQIA+ series, Moonlighting. This month’s event is scheduled for Sunday, March 1, 2020, and the featured reader is Bradley Trumpfheller. Click here for more information about this recurring show.

This show in our monthly Sunday queer series takes place The Democracy Center, 45 Mt. Auburn St. in Cambridge. Doors open at 7:00 for a 7:30 open mic with the feature to follow. The show is all-ages and a $5 donation is requested; no one will be turned away for lack of funds.


Click here for detailed accessibility information, or read on:

Physical Accessibility- The Democracy Center has a wheelchair accessibly entrance and the room we are in is wheelchair accessible. The Democracy Center does not have a wheelchair accessible bathroom, but one is available for use at the neighboring restaurant “The Daedalus”. Moonlighting strives to be as accessible as possible, we apologize for this inaccessibility and are working to secure a more accessible venue.

Stimulus Accessibility- Moonlighting does not play loud music at any point in the show. We ask that all participants on the open mic and all performers use the microphone provided for all aspects of their performance. There are a few options to adjust the lighting in the room we are in– if you need the lighting adjusted to better your experience at our show, please talk to Ilyus or Myles and we will do everything in our power to do so. We ask that you do not wear strong fragrances in our space. We love you and want you here and want to acknowledge and act upon everything in our power to ensure that as many folks have full access to the space as possible.

Cantab Feature for Wednesday, February 26, 2020: RLynn

Poet and bartender RLynn. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Poet and bartender RLynn. Photo courtesy of the artist.

RLynn is a bartender, visual artist, and poet living in Boston. They’re a Pink Door alumnus, with work in Cosmonauts Ave., maps for teeth, and The Shallow Ends. You can follow them on Instagram.

This show in our weekly Wednesday series takes place at the Cantab Lounge, 738 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge, with one flight of stairs to access the basement room (click for directions and accessibility information). 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, February 19, 2020

Happy Love & Death week, Cantabbers; we are super-grateful to our sixteen intrepid slammers who came out to represent the Valentine’s entity of their choice for this dead-of-winter warm-n-cuddly mid-winter week. In a twist surprising absolutely no one, after an intensely wrought sacrificial round, a highly subjective intro by an outrageously death-aligned slam host, and seven carefully crafted head-to-head matchups: love wins, remaining undefeated in the Cantab basement! Pretty impressive in this economy, poets; hope to see everyone back at it in this slam again next year.

Meanwhile, we’ve got one February week left, and we’re extremely excited to be spending it celebrating RLynn. This longtime open mic poet, make-you-better heckler, and generous bartender will be laying out a half hour headline set to close out the month (and there’s a rumor there may be zines in the house to take home afterward). See you Wednesday!

Cantab Slam for Wednesday, February 19, 2020: Love vs. Death

Love vs. Death Poetry Slam at the Boston Poetry Slam. Graphic courtesy Rat Queen Cassandra de Alba.

Love vs. Death Poetry Slam at the Boston Poetry Slam. Graphic courtesy Rat Queen Cassandra de Alba.

We know, we know: the lead-up and the come-down to and from the February “holiday” is wicked. Oversaturated with hearts and flowers? Nervous about what one-off romantics might step to the open mic this week? To allay your fears, the Boston Poetry Slam proudly presents a poetry slam: Love vs. Death, that most timeless of battles (well, since 2013, around here, anyway). Seven slammers will take the stage for each team, bringing a newly composed work to the competition and settling which poetic entity deserves to ride off into immortality.

Our roster is now complete! Thanks (and good luck) to all these poets who have promised to produce a new poem on theme or in persona for their team, to be scored in an even more irrelevant way than usual. Announcing our slammers:

LOVE VERSUS DEATH
Nora Meiners vs. Ronald Prudent on The Proposal
Sara H. vs. Dawn Gabriel on Ask Me Anything
Yehya Barakat vs. Sophia Holtz on Silent Movie
Brittany Frederick vs. Kieran Collier on Orlando, Florida
Emily Duggan vs. Ben Tolkin on Spelunking
Emmanuel Oppong-Yeboah vs Joshua ßenjamin Elbaum on Birthday Party
Captains round: Zeke Russell vs. Allison TRUJ on The Winchester Mystery House
Sacrifice round: John Pinkham vs. George Abraham on The Matrix

Open mic poets are welcomed and encouraged to pick a side (or both), and parties who sign up in advance to judge will be admitted for free.

This show in our weekly Wednesday series takes place at the Cantab Lounge, 738 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge, with one flight of stairs to access the basement room (click for directions and accessibility information). Doors for the show open at 7:15. The open mic begins at 8:00 and the invitational slam begins at approximately 10:00. The show is 18+ (ID required) and the cover charge is $3.

Cantab Feature for Wednesday, February 12, 2020: Ariana Brown and a No Romance Open Mic

For Valentine’s Day this year, the Boston Poetry Slam presents an ultra-safe NO ROMANCE open mic, forbidding one-off stylings of any would-be Casanovas and offering optional BINGO CARDS for those truly invested in enforcing a romance-free evening. Proper erotica (note that consent is a non-negotiable component of erotica), fanfic/shipping, or professions of aromantic love to your best friend, dog, or favorite comfy sweater will be warmly welcomed.

Our headlining feature for the evening is exempt from the preceding condition:

San Antonio poet and Academy of American Poets prizewinner Ariana Brown. Photo by Adam Hamze.

San Antonio poet and Academy of American Poets prizewinner Ariana Brown. Photo by Adam Hamze.

Ariana Brown is a queer Black Mexican American poet from San Antonio, Texas, with a B.A. in African Diaspora Studies and Mexican American Studies. She is the recipient of two Academy of American Poets Prizes and a 2014 collegiate national poetry slam champion. Ariana, who has been dubbed a “part-time curandera,” is primarily interested in using poetry to validate Black girl rage, in all its miraculous forms. Follow her work online at arianabrown.com or on Twitter and Instagram.

This show in our weekly Wednesday series takes place at the Cantab Lounge, 738 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge, with one flight of stairs to access the basement room (click for directions and accessibility information). 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, February 5, 2020

It is always an occasion when we are lucky enough to have longtime Boston-area working poet Tatiana M.R. Johnson in the house! Tatiana ran a stellar and carefully crafted workshop for us to start the night, and was a warmly welcoming listener to our star-studded open mic; her feature was an exciting combination of tested work from her book, widely published singles from her latest project, and a grab bag of covers, short treats, and brand-new-on-its-feet-for-the-first-time poems. Lucky you, Cantab.

Missed this workshop, or craving more? Our next two are coming up in March: we’ll have torrin a. greathouse leading on March 11, and featured poet Bradley Trumpfheller running one on March 25.

Next week: we’ll be honored with the presence of the great and awesome Ariana Brown, back for a visit from Texas for the first time in two years! Date Night hopefuls beware: in traditional response to the Friday holiday, our open mic will have a strict No Romance policy, enforced by free romantic-love-trope bingo cards available at the door.

Tips from the Bar: The Porsha O Prompt (part I)

Imagine you are a genie freed by someone intent on using their wishes to cause harm. How do you negotiate with or guide the wisher? How do you use semantics to avoid giving the wisher what they desire?