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emeriti and champions

The open mic and slams at the Boston Poetry Slam boast an illustrious history, including a rotating cast of all-star hosts and highly competitive venue champions. Although these bios provided by no means comprise a complete list, they do illustrate some of our key community members.

Headed up by founders Michael Brown and Patricia Smith, dozens of remarkable poets have committed to hosting at the Cantab’s open mic and slam over the past two decades of poetry. In addition, a growing number can lay claim to the venue’s famed Champion of Champions title, a grueling and series of slams nearly as old as the venue itself.

Many of the show’s emeriti are available for booking to produce or perform at your show. Please see the poets’ individual pages for biographical and contact information.