The house was packed wall to wall last night for a feature from long-time host, slammer, and voice of the Cantab Brian S. Ellis, kicking off with an exceptionally good open mic –perhaps planned to make Brian miss us when he returns to Portland? Brian brought us a great selection of new work, forthcoming in his next book, plus treated us to an old slam favorite as an encore. Our open poetry slam was a seven-poet affair with multiple first-timers taking the stage; at the end of the night, Meaghan Ford secured the final win in this 8×8 slam series, defeating Tim Hopkins for the $10 prize.
Next week: Portland, Oregon is in the house again, this time in the form of Robyn Bateman and Meg Waldron. Kick your inhibitions to the curb for a double-feature from these classy-crass ladies. We’ll finish up the night with the Champion of Champions slam in the 8×8 series, inviting back our last eight slam winners to fight it out, then take on reigning champ Zanne Langlois for the series crown!
By the way: if you can’t wait until Wednesday for your poetry fix, we have a super-easy solution for you… Our next Encyclopedia Show: Somerville will take place on Monday, October 8 at the Davis Square Theater. Doors open at 7:00 for an 8:00 variety show, featuring a fabulous selection of poetry, music, and theater arts on this month’s topic, THE MOON. The show is all ages and just $10, or $7 for teachers, students, or guests in Prohibition-Era dress. Check out our Facebook event for all the details. Hope to see you there!