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support staff

The Boston Poetry Slam is fortunate to have a close relationship with the weekly show’s host venue, the Cantab Lounge; Judy Griffin, the night’s original bartender, delivered many a poet a well-deserved drink (and a few words of wisdom, too) before easing her way into retirement sometime in 2007. Judy’s death in 2013 still represents an unfillable void behind the bar.

The original Venerable Doorman, Ron Goba, placed each chair and table lovingly into the space before sundown each Wednesday through 2005. Ron has retired to Wollaston where he continues to write; he can be found at (very) occasional readings in Cambridge.

The night’s current door staff and bartenders began as poets and are now employed by the venue. (The show is still reviewing if this thwarts or facilitates the staff’s penchant for writing and performance.) THe support staff performs at the end of the open mic each week, and all are available for booking to produce or perform at your show. Please see the individual staff pages for biographical and contact information.