Cantab Recap For Wednesday, June 5th, 2024

Happy Pride, Cantabbers!

We kicked off pride month this week with a lovely open mic and fabulous feature. First on the open mic was Cameron, I mean, Frank Davenport, who gave us a poem about meeting his lovely wife and the genesis of his two children, Kat and Nayeli, that we will… never forget. As it is Pride month, we did have your assortment of poems with a strong yearning theme. Arielle punched me directly in the heart with her poem. Danielle and Katie made a bittersweet appearance as they are both moving, so as a parting gift they gave us poems that were really true to their voices and left a mark on this stage. Lastly, we had MadIntelligent with a lovely, beautiful poem about his daughter. 

The ✏️Line of the Wednesday✏️ is from David, with “There is no loneliness worse than feeling lonely in someone’s presence

We then had our feature from Dariana Guerrero, whose presence itself really commanded the room as she read about growing up in Lawrence, the power of community, and the strength in family (her mother was in the audience!). Dariana was lovely to have and stayed to chat to discuss bringing the greater Boston poetry community closer together.

This week, our feature is Ellie Black! Ellie Black is a poet, memoirist, and screenwriter originally from Arkansas. She’s currently a PhD student in Creative Writing at the University of Mississippi, where she’s working on a memoir/autotheory project called Real Person Fiction. Winner of the 2023 Pinch Literary Award in Poetry, she has work published in or forthcoming from Washington Square Review, The Drift, Ninth Letter, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Mississippi Review, The Offing, Best New Poets, and elsewhere.

See you then!

– Amy ✈️

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