Cantab Feature for Wednesday, December 12, 2018: Mary Boo Anderson

Brooklyn artist and writer Mary Boo Anderson. Photo by Susan Li.

Brooklyn artist and writer Mary Boo Anderson. Photo by Susan Li.

Mary Boo Anderson is an artist and writer living in Brooklyn. Her interdisciplinary practice sheds light on the dark but humorous absurdities of everyday life, exploring banal spaces ranging from dating apps to office cubicles. Her art has been exhibited at Islip Art Museum, Kimberly-Klark Gallery, The Knockdown Center, Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Goggleworks and elsewhere. Her poetry has been published in Peach Mag, Hobart, Metatron and Witch Craft Magazine, among others. She is an editor of GlitterMOB, an art and literary magazine. Visit her at whoismaryanderson.com.

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, December 5, 2018

December! End of semester! Emerson coaches in the house! THE MOST GLITTERY TIME OF ALL THE YEAR! Yes, you are reading that right: last night was the long-awaited feature from 2017 Boston Poetry Slam Team member Myles Taylor. Myles took us all the way back to their first night at the Cantab in a generous feature full of carefully placed ideas. Their fabulously illustrated chapbook is still available: see Myles any Wednesday night at the show for a shiny new copy.

Only two shows are left for December, folks: next week we welcome the wondrous and guaranteed-surprising Mary Boo Anderson into town from Brooklyn.

Tips from the Bar: The Kaveh Akbar Prompt

From Kaveh Akbar’s Portrait Of The Alcoholic With Home Invader And Housefly (available in Calling a Wolf a Wolf):

…It can be difficult
telling the size of something
when it’s right above you — the average
cumulus cloud weighing as much
as eighty elephants.

Using very precise images, explain something seemingly or actually intangible you previously misunderstood but now are comfortably knowledgeable about. For example, peoples’ ages, physical distance, the transition from liquid to gas, etc.

Cantab Feature for Wednesday, December 5, 2018: Myles Taylor

Myles Taylor, glitter enthusiast and 2017 Boston Poetry Slam Team member. Photo by Marshall Goff.

Myles Taylor, glitter enthusiast and 2017 Boston Poetry Slam Team member. Photo by Marshall Goff.

Myles Taylor is a Boston-based non-binary poet, host, organizer, Capricorn-Aquarius cusp, and glitter enthusiast. They are the SlamMaster of the Emerson Poetry Project and Editor-in-Chief of CORRIDORS, a literary magazine focused on student mental health. They represented Emerson College at CUPSI for 3 consecutive years, winning Best Poem in 2018, and represented the Boston Poetry Slam at NPS 2017. They recently came in 2nd Place at the Capturing Fire International Poetry Tournament. Their work can be found in Crab Fat Magazine, voicemail poems, Slamfind, and Beech Street Review. Catch them at open mics around the Northeast or arguing with the espresso machine at their day job.

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, November 28, 2018

What a glory and a joy to welcome back Janae Johnson to the right coast, featuring solo on our stage for the first time since 2013. Locals turned out in droves for a rare opportunity to see this much-missed poet lay down a full set; thanks so much to everyone who packed the room to welcome Janae.

Next week: we roll into December (already!)(?)(!) with a feature from 2017 BPS team member and EPP powerhouse Myles Taylor. See you there!

Cantab Feature for Wednesday, November 28, 2018: Janae Johnson

Janae Johnson, 2015 champion of everything, still crowned on both coasts. Photo by Lorenz Angelo.

Janae Johnson, 2015 champion of everything, still crowned on both coasts. Photo by Lorenz Angelo.

Janae Johnson (she/her) is a Black Queer poet, Curator and Teaching Artist. She is the 2015 Women of the World Poetry Champion as well as the 2015 National Poetry Slam Champion. Janae is also the co-Founder of The Root Slam poetry venue in Oakland, Calif., and The House Slam poetry venue in Boston, Mass.

Her poetry has appeared in outlets such as ESPN, Button Poetry, and PBS Newshour. Janae currently resides in Berkeley, Calif. and she works as the Associate Director of Programs at Youth Speaks. Holla at Janae if you wish to discuss Stevie Wonder, MasterChef episodes, or Black musicals.

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, November 21, 2018

What! What! Emmanuel Oppong-Yeboah arrived this Wednesday with a beautiful gratitude-laden set and family to support both onstage and off; after a spirited and sweet workshop, Emmanuel broadened the room’s hearts and spirits with his heady and spacious language and vocals. Our deepest thanks to everyone who came out to our version of family dinner this past week.

This Wednesday: best arrive early if you wanna catch Janae Johnson featuring solo at the show for the first time since 2013! Doors open at 7:15 and this event will sell out, so we recommend lining up early with your warm hat on if you want to guarantee yourself a spot.

Cantab Feature for Wednesday, November 21, 2018: Emmanuel Oppong-Yeboah

Pushcard Prize winner and teaching artist Emmanuel Oppong-Yeboah. Photo by Tom Kaszuba.

Pushcard Prize winner and teaching artist Emmanuel Oppong-Yeboah. Photo by Tom Kaszuba.

Emmanuel Oppong-Yeboah is a Ghanaian American poet living out the diaspora in Boston. He is both Black & alive. Emmanuel is the reviews editor for Winter Tangerine and an associate editor for Pizza Pi Press. This year Emmanuel will begin teaching 11th grade English at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School; for this, he is equal parts terrified and excited. When not kicking it with juniors, Emmanuel works as an instructor at the Boston-based nonprofit Grubstreet, and has previously served as a teaching artist at organizations such as the Massachusetts Literary Education and Performance Collective, the Cambridge Arts Council, Northeastern University, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. Emmanuel is a recent recipient of the Pushcart Prize (XLIII) and you can read his work in publications such as the Hartford Courant, Bird’s Thumb, Narrative Northeast, Kweli Journal, and Platypus Press. In his free time he enjoys hot carbs, brightly colored chapbooks, and the long sigh at the end of a good book.

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, November 14, 2018

Oh, hello there, extremely full basement bar! We had no idea so many people were craving increased pettiness in their lives this week: about a hundred, it turns out, or at least that’s how many piled into the Cantab this Wednesday to get their fill of non-earth-shattering, non-world-changing, wildly unimportant poetry. The first round was a barnburner with six poets jostling for the big two-point pettiness bonus; after three rounds, the night’s big winner (with an over-30 total!) was torrin greathouse, who earned a little money for art and eternal glory that lasts all the way until our next slam. Oh, our next slam: mark your calendars/star charts for December 19, when local celebrity Myles Taylor will host our first-ever Astrology Slam!

Next week: after the excitement of this week, we sure hope your papers are turned in and your deadlines are met early enough for you to skip out of your usual Wednesday afternoon obligations… Our doors will open at 5:30 sharp for a generative writing workshop with the elusive-and-very-awesome Emmanuel Oppong-Yeboah! The workshop will last until 7pm, after which we’ll throw the doors open again for our usual 8:00 open mic and a 10:00ish feature from Emmanuel.

Cantab Slam for Wednesday, November 14, 2018: Petty Party Poetry Slam

The Boston Poetry Slam is pleased to continue our 2018 wild ‘n’ boisterous slam series with a glorious mid-fall petty party! Poets are asked to commit their most petty considerations to poetic form in a celebration of the most trivial topics fit for the stage.

Slam has long been home and refuge for the excitingly topical, the politically relevant, and the personally harrowing. Without discounting the importance of the genre as both sociopolitical education and space for the unheard story, we ask poets to turn tradition on its head and dig shallowly into topics typically deemed unfit for stirring presentation: tonight, treatises on the appropriateness of pineapple on pizza, odes to a lover’s belly button lint, and send-ups of institutional power’s most inconsequential foibles will be the price and prize for entering the competition.

Slam format and cash prizes are contingent on the number of advance sign-ups, but folks may expect standard slam rules to apply; prompts are available for those unable to dial their worldview down to inconsequentiality. To sign up for the slam and get format updates, please email slammaster@bostonpoetryslam.com.

Judges are also invited to offer their services in advance in return for free admission; please email slammaster@bostonpoetryslam.com. No experience is necessary, or even desired.

Of note: this event replaces the briefly posted “No-Net Slam.” Our slam staff would like to thank the community members who brought the neurotypical exclusionary nature of that ill-conceived format to the SlamMaster’s attention.

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