Due to having contracted the Columbus Librarian Death Flu (not quite, but folks, please cover your mouths when you cough), Scott Woods has canceled his feature for tonight. Scott sends his deepest regrets and promises to reschedule as soon as he is well enough to do so. In his absence, please check out his newest book, and also enjoy an excellent last-minute local substitute of the utmost quality:
Tom Slavin performs at the Encyclopedia Show: Somerville in 2014. Photo by Marshall Goff.
Tom Slavin is a member of the Boston Poetry Slam hosting and bout management staff, and an increasingly involved community member hailing from the Cantab old guard. He is a two-time National Poetry Slam Finalist and proud to have shared teams with other Cantab legends such as Brian Comisky and Patricia Smith. He “retired” from slam in 1995, but and returned to the venue eighteen years later to wrest the Champion of Champions title from its holder, successfully defending the championship three times before being deposed. His work is included in the anthology Boston Poetry Slam: 20 Years at the Cantab Lounge and his collection of selected poems, Store Window of a Thrift Shop, as well as recordings of live features, are available on his website.
Tom is a gay man who survived the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 80’s and 90’s, and he is a recovering alcoholic who has been clean and sober for over thirty years. His work brings this experience to bear on the topics of love and life, and his measured and powerful performance is both a clinic for poets of all experience and a show not to be missed. Come see this hardworking man-behind-the-scenes take center stage tonight.
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. An open poetry slam in the 8×8 series will follow. The show is 18+ (ID required) and the cover charge is $3.
Biography of the canceled feature (Scott has promised to reschedule ASAP, and we believe him):
Columbus author Scott Woods. Photo courtesy Columbus Alive.
Scott Woods is the author of Urban Contemporary History Month and We Over Here Now (2016 and 2013 respectively, Brick Cave Books) and has published and edited work in a variety of publications. He has been featured multiple times in national press, including multiple appearances on National Public Radio. He was the President of Poetry Slam, Inc. and emcees the Writers’ Block Poetry Night, an open mic series in Columbus, Ohio. In April of 2006 he became the first poet to ever complete a 24-hour solo poetry reading, a feat he bested with seven more annual readings without repeating a single poem.