Cantab Feature for Wednesday, March 18, 2015: CUPSI Warm-Up

Official logo for CUPSI '15 in Richmond, Virginia.

Official logo for CUPSI ’15 in Richmond, Virginia.

The annual collegiate national poetry slam tournament is the driving performative force behind a large number of the Cantab’s regular readers and listeners. This year, our local students (and some local familiar coaches as well) will be headed to Richmond, Virginia for the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational, and we’re excited for them to do us proud.

To help our locals gear up for the national competition, we’ll be offering the CUPSI Warm-Up, a team slam featuring Emerson College, Berklee College of Music, Simmons College, and one more team TBD. (Got a team that’s looking for a last-minute competition? Drop a line to to see if there’s room to jump in!) This nationals-style 4×4 will incorporate all the collegiate regulations, poetry, and intensity of competition we’ve come to expect from CUPSI.

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. There is no open poetry slam tonight. The show is 18+ (ID required) and the cover charge is $3.