Monday! June 15th! Boston Cantab Slam Team Members SOPHIA HOLTZ! Plus IRON POET QUALIFIER! “Wolf vs. Bellamy!”


SOPHIA HOLTZ is a writer, performer, and sometimes-illustrator. She pressphoto_shane-godfreyhas featured in bars, colleges, and the occasional basement throughout the United States, and is a member of the 2015 Boston Poetry Slam team. Her work has appeared in RHINO, decomP, H_NGM_N, and other journals. She received her BA from Hampshire College, and is a soon-to-be MFA candidate at NYU. Check out numerous links to her work on-line through her website, (photo by Shane Godfrey)

BONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET QUALIFIER “Wolf vs. Bellamy” – This should be interesting. We’re looking for a number one contender to face newly crowned Iron Poet Champion RAINY MAPLE SUGAR CANDY. We think we’ll get a good challenge from the winner of this wolfmatch-up. JONATHAN WOLF is no stranger to our stage or Worcester Performance Poetry in general, yet he’s done a lot of covers of other people’s work lately (not a complaint, he always breathes such amazing life into the words of others, but forcing him out of semi-new-poem-sharing retirement ballamymight bring forth a gush of new words outta this cat. JOSEPH JAMES BELLAMY is a relative newcomer to our open mic, but has been a regular over the past couple months, bringing smooth, thoughtful, rhythmic flows to our stage, yet, he’s never competed in an iron poet match before. You know the drill. Two poets, 3 poetic concoctions, 3 judges judging on three criteria and one diabolical secret ingredient from Chairman YOSH SHARTIN. Winner faces the champ next month.

The BROTHERS WHITE (Aaron & Jay that is) are rocking a special diptych painting this week as they serve as our visual artists in residence. They’ll be whiteplaying off each others work. Let’s hope that doesn’t lead to any Cain & Abel ish. We’ve located drummer ALEX THORSEN (picture to the right is art work by Aaron White and totally not a police composite sketch of the formerly missing Alex Thorsen) who totally had a good excuse for not playing last Monday (like notes from parents, doctors, student loan officers and multiple law enforcement officials and everything) and promises a return to house band action as he rejoins MATT & THE WANKERS. We also have a snack volunteer in new open mic reader JAKE who’s generously volunteered! (Editor’s note: It’s super rare that your faithful blogger has all the relevant information that you, the reader, need to have in hand, in order to make the educated decision to rock out with us this Monday!)                      GO ART!

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