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Tender Match: Bowery vs Boston Poetry Slam

  • Oberon Theater 2 Arrow Street Cambridge, MA, 02138 United States (map)
Head-to-Head Poetry Slam. Writing prompts all based on Major Arcana Tarot Cards

Head-to-Head Poetry Slam. Writing prompts all based on Major Arcana Tarot Cards

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., – Poetry slams from Boston to NYC are ramping up for the summer’s biggest poetry show! On Thursday, August 8, teams representing both cities will battle in a Tender Match Poetry Slam at OBERON in Harvard Square, laying out a one-two punch of competition and sweetness to establish which poets are the tenderest of all.

Fans of previous matches at the venue will be excited to hear that Boston will be represented by a combination of poets from the famously win-tastic House Slam and the long-running Boston Poetry Slam, including National Poetry Slam Finalist Sam Rush, Winter Tangerine editor Emmanuel Oppong-Yeboah, local American sonnet powerhouse RebeccaLynn, and members of the all-star 2019 Boston Poetry Slam Team. On the New York side, artists hailing from Bowery Poetry will include Best American Poetry anthology member Nkosi Nkululeko, Bronx playwright and top-ranked slammer Taylor Steele, and international poetry sensation Clementine von Radics.

The night will open with music and song from psychedelic space cowboy Britt (@britt_thats_it) and comedy from Moth and Jeopardy! champion Wes Hazard (@weshazard), and the slam will be hosted by Black Nerd Problems editor Omar Holmon (@omarholmon).

The show begins promptly at 7:30 with performances from two opening acts, followed by the poetry slam at 8:00. Tickets are $10-$15 with advance purchase recommended. Proceeds will go to support the artists, the Boston Poetry Slam, and the Bowery Poetry series. This is an all-ages show geared toward adults and teens; parents and chaperones are reminded that poetry slam is uncensored event and may contain some strong language, adult themes, and unfiltered ideas.

WHAT: A head-to-head live-judged poetry competition

WHO: Performance poets from Boston and New York City

WHEN: Thursday, August 8, 7:00 doors, 7:30 opening acts, 8:00 poetry slam

WHERE: OBERON, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge, MA

HOW MUCH: $10/$12/$15


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