crushing a bird :: simone beaubien :: bio

Chiracuahua, 2005

Biography of the performer (third person):

Simone Beaubien, decade-plus-veteran of the New England poetry scene, makes her home in suburban Massachusetts, working as an EMT and hosting the Boston Poetry Slam at the Cantab Lounge. She has competed at a national level in pinball (1999), Ultimate Frisbee (2001, 2004 - 2005) and poetry slam (2001, 2004 - 2008).

Simone has performed her work in colleges, bookstores, theaters, and bars on both coasts of the continent and all over New England. A lifetime nerd and part-time athlete, Simone is a natural product of the sound of Boston performance poetry, bringing the arts of slam and storytelling simultaneously to the poetry stage.

As a promoter and producer, Simone produced the Boston Poetry Slam's World Qualifier at the Middle East Rock Club in 2006, and, with the Poetry Jam Collective, brought Marc Smith to the Cambridge Family YMCA in 2007. She founded and produced the NorthBEAST Regional Poetry Slam in 2007, then expanded it to a two-day festival and competition in 2008, showcasing competing slam teams from all over the northeastern U.S. In addition, she's been a return performer and booking agent for demo slams at high schools, colleges, and literary festivals statewide; she's performed in Boston's First Night since 1999 and coordinated the poetry event since 2004, produced the annual Attleboro Arts Museum Poetry Slam since 2006, and operated as MC for the annual Newburyport Literary Festival Youth Poetry Slam since 2006. In 2011, she served as the artistic director for the outragously sucessful National Poetry Slam in Boston and Cambridge.

As a performance and slam coach, Simone has both competed for and worked with the Cantab Slam Team since 2004. In 2008, the team attained a spot on the largest poetry stage in the country, the Finals of the National Poetry Slam, where their fourth-place finish in the competition was Boston’s highest since 1995. That same year, she also operated as performance coach for the Emerson College’s debut slam team (“The Gringo Choir”), who achieved a semi-final finish at the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational.

As a host, Simone takes the stage at the Cantab Lounge every Wednesday night to kick off the open mic, welcome the feature, and run the late-night poetry slam. As the SlamMaster of the Boston Poetry Slam at the Cantab Lounge, she can run the four-hour show singlehandedly, from setup to breakdown, including all the math in between. She frequently hosts outside of her own venue, and in February 2007, she hosted Finals Night at the Individual World Poetry Slam in Vancouver, B.C., at the (over)sold-out Rio Theater.

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