all upcoming shows by the Boston Poetry Slam

Boston Poetry Slam official logo, by Gary Hoare. Cantab Feature for Wednesday, March 1, 2017: Team Selection Semi-Finals
The top twelve poets from Preliminaries are cut to nine in this two-round slam, deciding who advances to Finals for the 2017 Boston Poetry Slam Team. $5 cover tonight to raise funds for the team's travel to the National Poetry Slam.
Cantab Feature for Wednesday, March 8, 2017: Raena Shirali & David Winter Cantab Feature for Wednesday, March 8, 2017: Raena Shirali & David Winter
OSU MFA poets Raena Shirali and David Winter. Fifth open SPEED slam in the 8x8 series: 3-, 2-, and 1-minute rounds.
The Cantab CUPSI Warm-Up will prepare local teams for collegiate slam nationals, coming to Chicago this April. Cantab Feature for Wednesday, March 15, 2017: CUPSI Warm-Up
CUPSI-bound collegiate teams from Emerson, Simmons, Wheelock, and Northeastern face off in a traditional 4x4 slam to prepare for their upcoming national tournament.
Detroit poet and community leader Deonte Osayande. Photo by Sam Cooke. Cantab Feature for Wednesday, March 22, 2017: Deonte Osayande
Detroit poet Deonte Osayande. Sixth open SPEED slam in the 8x8 series: 3-, 2-, and 1-minute rounds.
Boston Poetry Slam official logo, by Gary Hoare. Cantab Feature for Wednesday, March 29, 2017: Team Selection FINALS
Final night of the Cantab’s famed Team Selection Slams! The top five poets at the end of three insanely competitive rounds will comprise the 2017 Boston Poetry Slam Team. $5 cover tonight to raise funds for the team's travel to the National Poetry Slam in Denver this August.
Pacific Northwest poet and Small Doggies author Robert Lashley. Cantab Feature for Wednesday, April 5, 2017: Robert Lashley
Pacific Northwest author Robert Lashley. Seventh open SPEED slam in the 8x8 series: 3-, 2-, and 1-minute rounds.
April Penn, Cantab local favorite. Photo by Gregory Jundanian. Cantab Feature for Wednesday, April 12, 2017: April Penn
Open mic favorite April Penn. Eighth and final open SPEED slam in the 8x8 series: 3-, 2-, and 1-minute rounds.
JR Mahung, Belizean-American-Chicago poet. Photo by pizza pi press. Cantab Feature for Wednesday, April 19, 2017: JR Mahung and the Champion of Champions Slam with Kylie Noelle
Reluctant local slam powerhouse JR Mahung. Plus: the Champion of Champions speed slam! Eight 8x8 speed slam winners return to challenge reigning champ Kylie Noelle for the venue's top slam title.
Jonathan Mendoza, Boston-based National Poetry Slam Champion and pizza pi author. Photo by Gregory Jundanian. Cantab Feature for Wednesday, April 26, 2017: Jonathan Mendoza
2015 National Poetry Slam Champion Jonathan Mendoza. Last Chance Speed Slam to enter into the World Qualifier.
BPS logo (square), by Gary Hoare. Cantab Feature for Wednesday, May 3, 2017: World Qualifier Speed Slam
First of two nights of the Boston Poetry Slam World Qualifier: past slam winners compete in two speed rounds (2- and 1-minute poems) to see who will advance to Finals. $5 cover tonight to raise funds to send the winner to the Individual World Poetry Slam.