Cantab Feature for Wednesday, October 17, 2018: Anthony Febo

FreeVerse! founder and Adobo-Fish-Sauce partner Anthony Febo. Photo by Christian Arthur.

FreeVerse! founder and Adobo-Fish-Sauce partner Anthony Febo. Photo by Christian Arthur.

Anthony Febo is a Puerto Rican artist from Lowell, Mass. Febo lives at the intersection of poetry, theatre, performance art, sculptures, and education. With the help of his community, he created the slam poetry scene in the city that birthed and raised him. To start, he co-founded FreeVerse! an organization that works with Lowell’s youth to better understand themselves through poetry and performance. Then he became the SlamMaster of the adult scene, and has since passed it on to his partner in thyme Ricky Orng. Together they form Adobo-Fish-Sauce, a cooking and poetry duo.

Febo has been a teaching artist and performer for the last ten years and now he is taking the next step in both: two tours in the fall and a full time position at a new school that he is assisting with developing in Somerville. His show, On Finding Joy, explores what it means to actively choose joy in the face of what is trying to break you. The show examines issues such as toxic masculinity, family and mental health, culture and identity, and the role representation plays into a person’s development. These topics are sewn together with cooking, aspects of theatre, dance/movement, and of course spoken word poetry.

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 feature performs at approximately 10:00. The show is 18+ (ID required) and the cover charge is $3.

Cantab Feature for Wednesday, October 10, 2018: Muggs Fogarty

Providence Poetry Slam co-director Muggs Fogarty. Photo by Eshun Mirza.

Providence Poetry Slam co-director Muggs Fogarty. Photo by Eshun Mirza.

Muggs Fogarty is a queer writer, performer, and vocalist local to Providence, Rhode Island. Muggs has represented Providence in national poetry slam competition eight times respectively and is a 2017 FEMS Slam champion, a National Poetry Slam semi-finalist, and a Brave New Voices finalist. Muggs has been a co-director of award-winning Providence Poetry Slam and ProvSlam Youth since 2014, and has coached several youth and collegiate level slam teams, particularly through UCONN, Brown University, and RISD. Muggs has also worked as an arts mentor with local organizations such as New Urban Arts, CityArts, and PASA, and has received awards from the Rhode Island State Council on The Arts. Muggs is the author of Unburn (Ghost Hum Arts 2016) and the forthcoming Sex Camel (Game Over Books 2018), and can also be found fronting the local darkpop band, Lookers, as well as their own solo loop pedal project, Sweetpea Pumpkin. Muggs is a resident at the non-profit community arts space, AS220, and also practices bodywork as an LMT in Providence.

Muggs will also present an early-bird workshop before their Cantab show. All are welcome and advance sign-ups are recommended, but not required; please see the separate event page for more information.

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 feature performs at approximately 10:00. The show is 18+ (ID required) and the cover charge is $3.

Cantab Recap for Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Friends of poetry! Our hearts are full with gratitude for the packed house that turned out for JR Mahung‘s send-off feature this past Wednesday. Every seat was full for a long stretch of feature by our 2018 Individual World Poetry Slam representative, who is San Diego-bound next week for Poetry Slam, Inc.’s last competition of 2018. JR took us to Chicago and Belize and back, leaning into the family kitchen for conversations of startling and beautiful intimacy. If you missed it (and if you can’t make the tournament in California from October 11-13), don’t panic; you can still enjoy a little bit of JR by pre-ordering his upcoming chapbook from the good good locals at pizza pi press.

Next week: need a new poem for October? Of course you do; one way to get that is by hitting us up EARLY (doors at 5:30 for a 6pm sharp start) for our October 10 workshop with Muggs Fogarty. This will be a generative poetry writing workshop that utilizes some guided meditation and listening, and it’s open to writers of all experience levels; check the event for more info or to sign up in advance. Not ready to write a poem in our bar next week? No problem, we’ve got plenty of room for listeners and readers; come by for our 8pm open mic and catch Muggs in a full headlining feature around 10pm.

Tips from the Bar: Build a Better…

Write the details of a complex trap to catch a human pest: a CEO, a telemarketer, or an online predator, for example.

Cantab Feature for Wednesday, October 3, 2018: JR Mahung

JR Mahung, 2018 World Qualifier Champion. Photo by Lauren Miller.

JR Mahung, 2018 World Qualifier Champion. Photo by Lauren Miller.

JR Mahung is a Belizean-American poet from the South Side of Chicago. He is an MFA Candidate at The University of Massachusetts Amherst and a 2017 Emerging Poet’s Incubator Fellow. His poetry is published or forthcoming in Cosmonauts Avenue, WusGood, Winter Tangerine and elsewhere. JR is also on the organizing teams for Louder than a Bomb MA youth poetry slam and The Plantain Collection, a poetry reading and conversation series for writers of diaspora. His second chapbook of poems, Since When He Have Wings is forthcoming on Pizza Pi Press. JR’s mixtape is not for sale but he’ll ask you to buy it anyways. Tweet him about rice and beans @jr_mahung.

JR is the Boston Poetry Slam’s 2018 World Qualifier Winner, which qualifies him to represent the venue at the Individual World Poetry Slam in San Diego, Calif. Tonight’s cover charge will be $5 to fundraise for JR’s trip expenses.

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 feature performs an extended at approximately 10:00. The show is 18+ (ID required) and the cover charge is $5.

Cantab Recap for Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Well, heck, Cantabbers: this past week’s super-smart open mic was loving enough to make the walls blush– we can’t blame poets for the new paint job, but it sure is something when the night plays to the stage’s pink glow. Glowing herself as the buttercream icing on it all was Emily O’Neill, longtime Cantabber come to the feature slot with work from her second book, a falling knife has no handle, as well as work from her upcoming projects. Thanks especially to Emily for a fabulous early-bird workshop that helped inform our open mic so decadently: if you missed it, your next chance at a workshop is on October 10 with Muggs Fogarty, and we can’t possibly go overboard recommending that show to you, too.

Next week: we’re kicking off October with a hyoooog night! JR Mahung, our beloved rep to the 2018 Individual World Poetry Slam, will perform a one-hour set after our usual open mic. We’re expecting new poems, newly memorized poems, newly not-so-memorized-but-check-this-out poems, and a high-level of JR-level sassback, possibly even exceeding the poems. Come for the art, stay for the banter and also the art, and don’t forget that we are a $5 cover charge in our last push to fund JR’s trip to San Diego for IWPS.

Tips from the Bar: Sure, By Its Cover

Tell a story about a book you find on the street/in an airport/on the shelf of someone you don’t have much in common with.

Cantab Feature for Wednesday, September 26, 2018: Emily O’Neill

Emily O'Neill, author of "A Falling Knife Has No Handle." Photo by Jackie Downey.

Emily O’Neill, author of a falling knife has no handle. Photo by Jackie Downey.

Emily O’Neill teaches writing and tends bar in Boston, MA. Her second poetry collection, a falling knife has no handle, was named one of Publisher’s Weekly’s top ten most anticipated poetry titles of fall 2018. Her debut poetry collection, Pelican, was the inaugural winner of YesYes Books’ Pamet River Prize for women and genderqueer writers, as well as the winner of the 2016 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Series in Poetry. O’Neill is also the author of four chapbooks, most recently baby on bar from Ghost City Press. Her recent poems, stories, and essays have appeared in Cutbank, Gramma, Pinwheel, Redivider, Salt Hill, and Washington Square, among many others.

In addition to her feature set, Emily will also present an early-bird poetry writing workshop before the show. Details will be made available in late August in a separate event page.

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 feature performs at approximately 10:00. The show is 18+ (ID required) and the cover charge is $3.

Cantab Recap for Wednesday, September 19, 2018

A sweet and dedicated crowd turned out last night for the final Wednesday of summer at the Cantab, taking the open mic seriously, humorously, and sexily by turns. The many bright spots of the night turned out to be a perfect lead-in to the double-feature from Julia Gaskill and Stephen Meads; these two Portland (Oregon) powerhouses got down to business breaking open the room with the sound of slam, bringing all the quirk, laughs, and sudden circumstance the Pacific Northwest has come to be known for. Cool trick: these two will feature again at Manchester’s Slam Free or Die this Thursday if you want to catch them again!

Next week: we’re so proud to announce we are part of the book release tour for Emily O’Neill‘s newest book, a falling knife has no handle. Emily had some of the nicest things to say about her poetry history at the Cantab over on her website, and also plugged the early-bird workshop she’ll be hosting here: a limited number of walk-ins are welcome at 5:30 for a 6:00 sharp generative poetry workshop before the show, sliding scale $5-$20. More info (and the opportunity to reserve a spot in advance) is available on the workshop event page.

Tips from the Bar: Oh, God, the Bees

Create an unlikely, non-violent personal security system to prevent people from invading your personal space.