Cantab Feature for Wednesday, February 17, 2016: Team Selection Semi-Finals

The Cantab’s Team Selection Slams are the venue’s biggest, wildest poetry slams of the year. This February, with Erotic Poetry Night safely behind us, we continue our selection process with the second round of three, the Team Selection Semi-Finals, hosted by in-house favorite Tom Slavin!

The top twelve poets from the first and second Preliminary heats (six from each) advance to the Semi-Finals show. Qualified poets will slam in the following order in the first round of the two-round show:

1. Emily O’Neill
2. Manvir Singh
3. Joshua Elbaum
4. Marshall Gillson
5. Mckendy Fils-Aimé
6. Simone Beaubien
7. Nora Meiners
8. Neiel Israel (Quentin Lucas dropped from slam on 2/17)
9. JR Mahung
10. Zeke Russell
11. Meaghan Ford
12. Bobby Crawford
Sacrificial poets: 1. Jess Rizkallah, 2. Colin Killick
Management: Ed Wilkinson, Scorekeeping: Kieran Collier

With two poems behind them and five to go, competing poets are likely to be reaching deep into their pockets on this particular night, or even trying out untested work in hope of saving some major ammunition for the upcoming three-poem Finals… Making Semi-Finals just possibly the most interesting night of the selection series.

Team Selection Slams go for three rounds at the Cantab, with the top five poets after seven poems comprising the venue’s National Poetry Slam Team. The 2016 Boston Poetry Slam Team will travel to the National Poetry Slam down south in Decateur, Georgia.

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. A SHORTENED open mic begins at 8:00 and the slam begins at approximately 9:15. The show is 18+ (ID required) and the cover charge is $5; proceeds will go toward funding the team’s travel to the National Poetry Slam this August in Georgia.

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