Cantab Slam for Wednesday, December 19, 2018: Astrology Team Slam

For the Boston Poetry Slam’s final show of 2018, we are pleased to presented a team theme slam welcoming the signs of the Western astrological zodiac to the stage. Teams representing Fire, Earth, Air, and Water will battle for poetic supremacy as the winter solstice draws near. This show will feature guest host and producer Myles Taylor in addition to local all-star poets.

This slam format will be a traditional 4×4 team slam, with prizes awarded to the poets of the winning team. All sign-ups will be taken in advance: to slam in the show, please email slammaster@bostonpoetryslam.com with the zodiac sign (Sun, Moon, Rising, or other) you would most like to represent.

Judges are also invited to offer their services in advance in return for free admission; please email slammaster@bostonpoetryslam.com. No experience is necessary, or even desired, although we’d love best to have judges prepared to enjoy investing in the theme of the show.

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 the slam will follow at approximately 10:00. The show is 18+ (ID required) and the cover charge is $3.

Cantab Recap for Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Another December show in the books, folks! Mary Boo Anderson came to us last week and brought us an unnerving parody of corporate performance, split between two fabulously different sets and ranging in character from the slightly unhinged cube farmer to the time-strapped-relay-race-much-maligned media poet; an character-intense night softened by the sincere gentleness of the real-life poet’s presence. Unforgettable!

This week: we’ve got one more show for 2019, folks, and it’s a doozy. We’ll kick off our December closer with an early-bird workshop with soon-to-depart-these-climes Ilyus Evander, then enjoy our nightly open mic before launching into our first-ever Astrology Team Slam, hosted and produced by Myles Taylor! Come out and celebrate your survival of 2018 with us, folks… And, in the meantime, you can enjoy a sneak peak ahead at our 2019 schedule.

Cantab Feature for Wednesday, December 12, 2018: Mary Boo Anderson

Brooklyn artist and writer Mary Boo Anderson. Photo by Susan Li.

Brooklyn artist and writer Mary Boo Anderson. Photo by Susan Li.

Mary Boo Anderson is an artist and writer living in Brooklyn. Her interdisciplinary practice sheds light on the dark but humorous absurdities of everyday life, exploring banal spaces ranging from dating apps to office cubicles. Her art has been exhibited at Islip Art Museum, Kimberly-Klark Gallery, The Knockdown Center, Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Goggleworks and elsewhere. Her poetry has been published in Peach Mag, Hobart, Metatron and Witch Craft Magazine, among others. She is an editor of GlitterMOB, an art and literary magazine. Visit her at whoismaryanderson.com.

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, December 5, 2018

December! End of semester! Emerson coaches in the house! THE MOST GLITTERY TIME OF ALL THE YEAR! Yes, you are reading that right: last night was the long-awaited feature from 2017 Boston Poetry Slam Team member Myles Taylor. Myles took us all the way back to their first night at the Cantab in a generous feature full of carefully placed ideas. Their fabulously illustrated chapbook is still available: see Myles any Wednesday night at the show for a shiny new copy.

Only two shows are left for December, folks: next week we welcome the wondrous and guaranteed-surprising Mary Boo Anderson into town from Brooklyn.

Tips from the Bar: The Kaveh Akbar Prompt

From Kaveh Akbar’s Portrait Of The Alcoholic With Home Invader And Housefly (available in Calling a Wolf a Wolf):

…It can be difficult
telling the size of something
when it’s right above you — the average
cumulus cloud weighing as much
as eighty elephants.

Using very precise images, explain something seemingly or actually intangible you previously misunderstood but now are comfortably knowledgeable about. For example, peoples’ ages, physical distance, the transition from liquid to gas, etc.

Cantab Feature for Wednesday, December 5, 2018: Myles Taylor

Myles Taylor, glitter enthusiast and 2017 Boston Poetry Slam Team member. Photo by Marshall Goff.

Myles Taylor, glitter enthusiast and 2017 Boston Poetry Slam Team member. Photo by Marshall Goff.

Myles Taylor is a Boston-based non-binary poet, host, organizer, Capricorn-Aquarius cusp, and glitter enthusiast. They are the SlamMaster of the Emerson Poetry Project and Editor-in-Chief of CORRIDORS, a literary magazine focused on student mental health. They represented Emerson College at CUPSI for 3 consecutive years, winning Best Poem in 2018, and represented the Boston Poetry Slam at NPS 2017. They recently came in 2nd Place at the Capturing Fire International Poetry Tournament. Their work can be found in Crab Fat Magazine, voicemail poems, Slamfind, and Beech Street Review. Catch them at open mics around the Northeast or arguing with the espresso machine at their day job.

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, November 28, 2018

What a glory and a joy to welcome back Janae Johnson to the right coast, featuring solo on our stage for the first time since 2013. Locals turned out in droves for a rare opportunity to see this much-missed poet lay down a full set; thanks so much to everyone who packed the room to welcome Janae.

Next week: we roll into December (already!)(?)(!) with a feature from 2017 BPS team member and EPP powerhouse Myles Taylor. See you there!

Cantab Feature for Wednesday, November 28, 2018: Janae Johnson

Janae Johnson, 2015 champion of everything, still crowned on both coasts. Photo by Lorenz Angelo.

Janae Johnson, 2015 champion of everything, still crowned on both coasts. Photo by Lorenz Angelo.

Janae Johnson (she/her) is a Black Queer poet, Curator and Teaching Artist. She is the 2015 Women of the World Poetry Champion as well as the 2015 National Poetry Slam Champion. Janae is also the co-Founder of The Root Slam poetry venue in Oakland, Calif., and The House Slam poetry venue in Boston, Mass.

Her poetry has appeared in outlets such as ESPN, Button Poetry, and PBS Newshour. Janae currently resides in Berkeley, Calif. and she works as the Associate Director of Programs at Youth Speaks. Holla at Janae if you wish to discuss Stevie Wonder, MasterChef episodes, or Black musicals.

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, November 21, 2018

What! What! Emmanuel Oppong-Yeboah arrived this Wednesday with a beautiful gratitude-laden set and family to support both onstage and off; after a spirited and sweet workshop, Emmanuel broadened the room’s hearts and spirits with his heady and spacious language and vocals. Our deepest thanks to everyone who came out to our version of family dinner this past week.

This Wednesday: best arrive early if you wanna catch Janae Johnson featuring solo at the show for the first time since 2013! Doors open at 7:15 and this event will sell out, so we recommend lining up early with your warm hat on if you want to guarantee yourself a spot.

Cantab Feature for Wednesday, November 21, 2018: Emmanuel Oppong-Yeboah

Pushcard Prize winner and teaching artist Emmanuel Oppong-Yeboah. Photo by Tom Kaszuba.

Pushcard Prize winner and teaching artist Emmanuel Oppong-Yeboah. Photo by Tom Kaszuba.

Emmanuel Oppong-Yeboah is a Ghanaian American poet living out the diaspora in Boston. He is both Black & alive. Emmanuel is the reviews editor for Winter Tangerine and an associate editor for Pizza Pi Press. This year Emmanuel will begin teaching 11th grade English at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School; for this, he is equal parts terrified and excited. When not kicking it with juniors, Emmanuel works as an instructor at the Boston-based nonprofit Grubstreet, and has previously served as a teaching artist at organizations such as the Massachusetts Literary Education and Performance Collective, the Cambridge Arts Council, Northeastern University, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. Emmanuel is a recent recipient of the Pushcart Prize (XLIII) and you can read his work in publications such as the Hartford Courant, Bird’s Thumb, Narrative Northeast, Kweli Journal, and Platypus Press. In his free time he enjoys hot carbs, brightly colored chapbooks, and the long sigh at the end of a good book.

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.