Bird

Like all great cities Boston and Cambridge have their fair share of characters. This fellow appears occasionally at the Cantab (Central Sq, Cambridge) occasionally. Each time I’ve seen him it’s just as the Red Sox are prepping for Spring Training and he recites his baseball piece. I think...
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Jeff Robinson Trio

One of the more interesting takes on spoken word in the Boston/Cambridge is the Jeff Robinson Trio. They have been jamming behind the featured poet at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, MA every Sunday for more than six years. Jerome Deupree on drums, Blake Newman on bass, and...
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notebooks

Every time I see one I ask myself… Do we lose something by not writing with one’s hand? I cannot write as fast as my thoughts so I’ve come to think writing causes one to choose words carefully, giving space to think, spending more time on the words....
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Jack McCarthy

It’s Sunday evening again and time for another photo. Jack is one of the elders of Slam. He’s the fixture at the end of the bar – you know the sort, the stand-up (who-needs-a-seat!?), working guy and storyteller that keeps you there long after the time you thought...
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The Sunday Evening Slam Photo Series

Starting tonight we’ll be posting a weekly series of photographs showing off images of poets as we head into the 2011 National Poetry Slam to be held in Boston and Cambridge from August 8 through August 13. Come and join us! We start off this series of weekly...
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New York City Is Full Of Cheaters

April 1st marked the first Boston vs. NYC grudge match in nearly twenty years.  Each team sent eight of their most available poets into battle armed with only their egos and a bunch of fancy words they picked up from Modest Mouse lyrics. The night began auspiciously enough with...
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News Showers 4/2/11

Lots of news to report on the progress of this year’s National Poetry Slam taking place in Cambridge (aka Boston), Massachusetts: In addition to our finals venue at The Berklee College Of Music, Boston Poetry Slam has handshake agreements with several different preliminary venues, including The Cantab Lounge...
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Brains Up, Zombies Down

The Boston Poetry Slam is highly caffeinated this morning and ready to blog. If you’re in the New England area during the next couple of weeks, and plan on being in Boston for NPS this August, we would love the pleasure of your company.  Megan Thoma will be...
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NPS Blog: Welcome!

Welcome to the National Poetry Slam 2011 blog. Now that our website is up and running, we’ll be using this space to keep everyone updated on the organization committee’s progess. With six and months before NPS2011, we’ve already signed a contract with our hotel, and have just enjoyed...
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