Cantab Feature for Wednesday, January 24, 2018: Team Selection Preliminaries (First Heat)

New year, new slam team time! The Cantab’s Team Selection Slams have always been the venue’s biggest, wildest poetry slams of the season. Up to TWENTY-ONE POETS will slam in these preliminary heats, which will be presented as a one-two punch over two Wednesdays this January.

The following eleven poets have been placed in this first heat (random draw for order):

  • Allison Truj
  • Brandon Melendez
  • Cassandra de Alba
  • George Abraham
  • Evan Cutts
  • Jackie Perry
  • Kieran Collier
  • Kye Jasper
  • Lip McDonald
  • Meaghan Ford
  • Suzanne O’Toole
  • sacrifices: two poets TBD

This event is only the first prelim slam of two! The rest of the field will compete at the January 31 heat, and the top six poets from each will advance to the February 21 Semi-Finals, with sights set on the March 21 Finals. The top five poets at the end of the series will comprise the 2018 Boston Poetry Slam Team, who will travel to the National Poetry Slam in Chicago, Illinois this August.

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 9:30. The show is 18+ (ID required) and the cover charge is $5; proceeds will go toward funding the team’s trip to the National Poetry Slam.