The annual collegiate national poetry slam tournament is the driving performative force behind a good number of the Cantab’s regular readers and listeners. This year, slammers will convene at the University of Houston for the annual College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. To help our town favorites gear up for the big competition, we’ll be offering the CUPSI Warm-Up, a team slam featuring locals in a nationals-style event, incorporating all the collegiate regulations, poetry, and intensity of competition we’ve come to expect from CUPSI.
The night’s slam will feature poets from Emerson College, Wellesley College, Smith College, Northeastern University, and Lesley University! It’s (just some of) the future of slam, folks: bring your fight songs, flags, and/or tough, objective judging faces to help these poets prepare for their national tournament in April. Prospective judges are also invited to email; judges who sign up in advance of the show will enjoy complimentary admission.
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. The show is 18+ (ID required) and the cover charge is $3.