May can be a puzzling time at the Boston Poetry Slam… Should you wear shorts or a sweater to our marginally climate-controlled basement? Order a beer punch or a whiskey and lager? And are your favorite open mic readers staying local or headed home for the summer? At least one piece of information was absolutely unambiguous last night at the Cantab: Sasha Banks is a fabulous writer, and our audience of short-timers and old-timers alike was won over almost instantly by her incredibly solid feature. Excellent! Our slam was a four-person affair full of regular poets pulling out a few surprises: first-time slammer Catherine Martin achieved the final round on her first try, but was defeated by just a few tenths in the final round by eventual winner Nora Meiners. Congrats to Nora, who must be thinking ahead: she’s officially our first open slammer qualified to try out for the 2015 Boston Poetry Slam team!
Thinking ahead to next week, we’ve got another excellent young writer and 2013 National Poetry Slam Finals stage performer: New Yorker Tonya Ingram returns from school in L.A. to bring us a full feature next week, plus we’ll have another open slam in this brand-new 8×8 series.