Tips from the Bar: Shark Week, Cantab Style

Explain a scar you don’t remember getting.

Cantab Feature for Wednesday, July 25, 2018: Anna Binkovitz

Local-for-now Minneapolis poet Anna Binkovitz.

Local-for-now Minneapolis poet Anna Binkovitz.

The punk-ass lovechild of Betty Boop and Morticia Adams, Anna Binkovitz is a Minneapolis poet who is unimpressed by Boston winters. An MFA candidate at Sarah Lawrence, Anna’s work has appeared in Beech Street Review, Muzzle Magazine, the Huffington Post and elsewhere. Anna has been a finalist at CUPSI, Rustbelt and the Great Plains Poetry Pile-Up. Anna was a member of the 2018 Open Mouth Writing Retreat cohort. Critics call Anna a “bold dyke” and Anna wants to make this their LinkedIn tagline. Someone stop them.

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. An open poetry slam in the 8×8 series will follow. The show is 18+ (ID required) and the cover charge is $3.

Cantab Recap for Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Wow! Wow! A packed-to-the-rafters crowd came out last night to witness our second (and final) 4×4 team slam of the season; our home team trotted out a selection of pretty-new group pieces in the rollicking wake of work from Manchester’s Slam Free or Die, Northampton’s Pulp Slam, and the Mill City Slam from Lowell. Congrats to our home team for taking top honors, and huge ups to Mill City for making us hungry for sticky buns, to Pulp Slam for setting us firmly inside our bodies, and to Slam Free for asking us the most important lunchtime philosophical questions a five-person group piece with a three-person pyramid can.

Next week: Cantab short-timer and admitted heart-stealer Anna Binkovitz loops back around from her whirlwind move to New York City to give us a farewell feature. And, lucky you: if you like this slam thing, the sixth slam in our 8×8 series will be open to all at 11:00 p.m.

Tips from the Bar: Flood Warning

This week, you may have noticed that your phone provides a very loud and emphatic emergency weather warning (even if you are one or more counties away from the potentially dangerous weather). Imagine another alert you really wish your phone would give you to help you avoid disaster.

Cantab Feature for Wednesday, July 18, 2018: NorthBEAST Regional 4×4 Team Slam

Ahhh, ninety-degree weather, empty seats at your favorite coffee shop, and a Cantab packed with competitive New Englanders: it must be the height of slam season, and that means our second (of two) Nationals-style 4×4 team slams. Tonight we’ll welcome four Nationals-bound slam teams to our sweaty cement floor for a four-round slam: Slam Free or Die, the Mill City Slam Team, Pulp Slam, and our very own home 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. Cover charge is $5 to help raise funds for our team to travel to Nationals in Chicago this August.

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 Recap for Wednesday, July 11, 2018

What a sweet, sweet summer night back from our holiday break, Cantabbers; thanks so much to everyone who came out to workshop with Lyd Havens, pump up our open mic with your new work & new faces, listen in and support Lyd’s graceful arc of a feature, and hold steady for slam host Zeke’s rockin’ return to the stage. We were so lucky to have so many hours of Lyd’s time and art this week, and if you are itching to see even more of their work, let us please recommend a visit to the FEMS workshop and slam going on this Sunday, July 15 at the Lucy Parsons Center in JP.

Our slam, by the way, was a tender foursome bringing lots of new work to the mic; the final pairing came down to Lihi Zaks against Mugs Myers. In a sweet twist of fate, Mugs took the top honors in the final round with a poem inspired by– and with credit to– his opponent Lihi. Community! Poetry! And also $10 for Mugs, as well as an invite to the upcoming Champion of Champions slam.

Next week: we return with our second (and final) of two summer team slams! This Nationals-style 4×4 will feature competitors from Pulp Slam, Slam Free or Die, Mill City Slam, and your very own home team, all with Kieran Collier at the hosting helm. Heads up: this show will have a five dollar cover to help raise funds to send the team to the National Poetry Slam in Chicago in August.

Tips from the Bar: Hot Enough for you?

Write about a time when you found the weather pleasant and appropriate to your needs. No, really.

Cantab Feature for Wednesday, July 11, 2018: Lydia Havens

Boise poet Lydia Havens. Photo by Rylan Elias.

Boise poet Lydia Havens. Photo by Rylan Elias.

Lydia Havens is a poet, editor and community organizer currently living in Boise, Idaho. Their work has previously been published in Winter Tangerine, Cosmonauts Avenue, Up the Staircase Quarterly, and Voicemail Poems, among others. They were a member of the 2017 Boise Poetry Slam team, which placed 7th at group piece finals at the National Poetry Slam, and represented Boise at the 2017 Individual World Poetry Slam, ranking 22nd out of 90 poets. Lyd’s first full-length collection, Survive Like the Water, was published by Rising Phoenix Press in January 2017.

Lyd will also offer an early-bird generative poetry writing workshop prior to the show. Click here to learn more about the workshop.

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. An open poetry slam in the 8×8 series will follow. The show is 18+ (ID required) and the cover charge is $3.

Cantab for Wednesday, July 4, 2018: NO SHOW TONIGHT

There’s no poetry at the Cantab tonight, folks! Enjoy a summertime night off and come see us with your new work at our next show on July 11, 2018.

Please see our upcoming shows page for the schedule:
http://bostonpoetryslam.com/see-a-show/weekly-show/upcoming-features-and-slams

Cantab Feature for Wednesday, June 27, 2018: NorthBEAST Regional Team 4×4 Poetry Slam

It’s full-on summertime, folks, which can only mean one thing in the slam world: local teams are ramping up to the National Poetry Slam! Tonight will mark the first of two Nationals-style 4×4 team slams, meaning that we’ll welcome four Nationals-bound slam teams to our virtual cage match for a four-round slam. Get your boxing gloves and whiteboards ready, because this is gonna be a hot one: Providence Poetry Slam vs. Northampton Poetry Slam vs. House Slam vs. your very own home 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 July 18 for the summer’s only other team slam. Cover charge is $5 to help raise funds for our team to travel to Nationals in Chicago this August!

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.