“Portland is an old harmonica” // Champion slam poet talks about the city’s performance scene and his roots in the genre

After a three-month hiatus, Portland’s pioneering Ink & Pine podcast returns with its 15th episode, under new management. Following in the footsteps of Maine Digital Press founder Dan Bodoff, new host Trent Gay joins producer Cat Smith and Bangor Daily News Portland Bureau Chief Seth Koenig for an interview with Beau Williams, Grand Slam Champion for the Portland-based Port Veritas. Williams, who will lead the Port Veritas team to Oakland, California, for slam poetry’s national championships this summer, discusses his genre, his rocky start and — in a poetry performance not to be missed — why “Portland is an old harmonica.”

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