Cantab Feature for Wednesday, May 27, 2015: Ron Goba

The Cantab's original Venerable Doorman, Ron Goba.

The Cantab’s original Venerable Doorman, Ron Goba.

In 1991, Ron Goba left his last job, Chair of English for the Hingham public schools, with only three goals: to write every day, to workshop every week, and to find an open mic where he could share his workshopped poems. Every Wednesday for nearly fifteen years, he manned the seat at the door, bridging the gap between audience and staff on the open mic, as well as with a warm handshake that told regulars when they had finally arrived. His dense, surprising, and sound-heavy work has been called “a live wire that hissess… a state fair muttering through a Stradivarius” by Tom Daley and “a touchstone for writing” by co-founding SlamMaster Michael Brown. The Boston Poetry Slam is proud to welcome back one of the voices that built the venue.

Note that tonight’s feature will take the stage at 9:30, necessitating a shortened open mic. The slam will follow the feature as usual.

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 feature performs EARLY TONIGHT at approximately 9:30. An open poetry slam in the 8×8 series will follow. The show is 18+ (ID required) and the cover charge is $3.