Monday! May 25th, 7 Hills Slam Team Member ASHLEY WONDER! Plus! The Picnic Pie Haiku Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 21, 2015 by dirtygerund

Will be out under the stars again?! We hope so! Thank you and great job getting down to sign up early this past week! We started just after 9pm for the first time in a long time! Let’s keep up the consistency!

POETRY FEATURE: 7 Hills Poetry Slam Team Members ASHLEY ashleywonderWONDER has been writing poetry for over 15 years and performing Spoken Word for the past 8, in her hometown of Worcester, throughout Boston, Providence, and as far as Maryland. She is a Slam Poet in the Worcester and Boston poetry scenes and won her first Slam in Worcester December 2014. Her chapter book Miraculous Wonder is now available. She uses her life experiences, relationship with God, to help inspire and motivate others to always have hope. She is known to perform with dynamic passion no matter the content in hopes of positively impacting her audience.

BONUS RUCKUS: The STATE FAIR PIE EATING CONTEST W/ pieeatingcontestPOEM! Challenge! Let’s get foolish! Spring time brings thoughts ofcarnivals and the festivals and outdoor shenanigans. We’re much more comfortable getting messy outside, so let’s rock a pie eating contest. We’ll plant a poem at the end of your pie. Contestants speed to the finish and whoever can read their piece the fastest, wins a special prize (probably some cash included to cover your dry cleaning bill!) This one’s gonna get super mature super fast!

Rumors have it we WILL have a visual artist this week. MATT & THE WANKERS are enjoying the fresh air! We’re still tinkering with the lights and outdoor set up, we’ll try to make things a little more cozy this Monday. Thanks to MUNCHIES nickgerundMIDNIGHTS MENU for providing us with the delicious snack time! Any volunteers wanna follow up on this great cheer? NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS (pictured garbling to the right) wishes to institute his first DG weekly writing prompt this week (on instagram?), anyone bringing in a new piece from the prompt will be under consideration for a $10 open mic prize, straight outta his pocket. Nick’s investing in your awesome poems! YOSH & MIKEY would like to remind you that any prize money taken from Nick can easily be exchanged for goods and services from the bar! Capitalism!


Monday, May 18th! Write Bloody Author SARAH Q MORGAN! Plus! “Summer Blockbuster? or poem?” Guess Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 13, 2015 by dirtygerund

DIRTY GERUND ASKS YOU TO PLEASE plEASe, PLEase, arrive before 9:30pm if you wish to share on the open mic. WE ARE TRYING TO BEGIN SHOWS AT 9PM. 9PM. 9PM!!!!! AND IF YOU SHOW UP WANTING TO PERFORM AT 9:45PM, well that puts us in a weird spot. We will begin instituting a stricter policy this Monday. If that means shorter shows until people “get” it, then okay…

There, said my piece. Now to the fun!

POETRY FEATURE: SARAH Q. MORGAN is a Chicago-based poet whosarahmorgan tours the country performing work from her full-length collection of poetry, Animal Ballistics (Write Bloody Press). Sarah has been published in several literary journals including decomP, Mad Swirl, and Bestiary Magazine. She is a member of the Speak’Easy Ensemble – a spoken word poetry group founded by Marc Smith, founder of the National Poetry Slam. A Pushcart Prize nominee sarahmorgan2and regular voice at the famous Green Mill, Morgan is making a name for herself on the literary circuit, navigating both the page and the stage.

BONUS RUCKUS: Nick’s “SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER or POEM?” Quote Guessing Quiz Show challenge! We’re starting to feel that summer time heat and pollen in the air. It makes Nick think of two things; jumping in rivers and cooling out at the cinema! Forget those french art-house, meta drama think pieces, (Worcester Theaters don’t get those anyways). Nick likes his flicks, loud, arrogant and smashy! Nick’s gonna take famous quotes from summer smash hits and pair them with equally boisterous lines from well known poems. He bet’s you can’t tell them apart. Be the first to guess three correct, prove him wrong and get a prize!

SNACKS will be provided by MIDNIGHT MUNCHIES, or check them out rainyon Milbury Street after you’re outta the bahs! MATT & THE WANKERS (new name) will be laying down the music grooves. ALL HAIL. CONGRATS TO OUR NEW IRON POET CHAMPION RAINY MAPLE! ALL HAIL!!! a well earned victory over longest running champion ROBERT BLACKWELL GIBBS who frankly, has been winning too many things lately (WoMag’s Reader Poll’s Best Poet & 7 Hills Slam Gran Slam Champ). YOSH & MIKEY look forward to seeing you all frollic on the patio this Monday! SUMMER SUMMER SUMMER TIME, LET’s JUST SIT BACK & …. never mind, let’s get cranked up!


Posted in Uncategorized on May 7, 2015 by dirtygerund

Last week, we were outside and it was good! Better than good. If the weather abides, we will be out there indefinitely!

POETRY FEATURE: JOSH KALSCHEUR is the winner of the Four joshkalscheurWay Books Levis Prize in Poetry, selected by James Longenbach. He’s on a short Northeast tour in support of his new book, Tidal. Tidal focuses on Chuuk State, a group of islands that are a part of the Federated States of Micronesia. This focus encompasses Micronesia’s morality, its taboos and myths and how information and stories disseminate between villages, social groups, ethnicities, classes, and genders. Using persona, these poems explore and challenge the idea of witness. Josh lived and worked as a high school teacher in Micronesia from 2007-2009. He’s published individual poems in Boston ReviewSlate, jubilat, Ninth Letter, Witness, Blackbird, The Iowa Review and Best New Poets 2013, among others. A graduate of Saint Olaf College and UW-Madison, he currently teaches classes at both UW-Madison and Madison College in Madison, Wisconsin.

BONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET CHAMPIONSHIP: “GIBBS vs. IronPoetApronMAPLE SUGAR CANDY” – Seems like just last month that RAINY MAPLE SUGAR CANDY took over the #1 contender position. Oh wait, it was last month. Well IRON POET CHAMP ROBERT BLACKWELL GIBBS is riding high off a WoMag’s Poll “Best Poet” Win & Grand Slam Championship for the 2015 & 7 Hills Slam Team Finals. Let’s see if he can keep the winning streak alive versus one worthy competitor. One secret ingredient from chairman YOSH SHARTIN! Three concoctions. Haiku, Short Poem & Incorporation. 3 judges will settle the rest!

SNACKS TASTE EVEN BETTER OUTDOORS! Thanks Em! MATT & LTAB-FlierTHE BASTARDS SOUND EVEN BETTER OUTDOORS! Everything is better outside, except the bugs (must bring community bug spray next week). We’ll have more lights, more action, more open mic, more of all the things you dig about Monday Nights! If you can’t wait for poetry and are down for a road trip to Boston, LOUDER THAN A BOMB MASSACHUSETTS is coming to the South End. 16 youth poetry slams in one day! When Alex isn’t hanging with you guys, he’s helping to organize this! Check the invite! And the rad poster!

Monday May 4th! CCASH POETRY SLAM! $50 Prize – “Bring the Heat” Performance Challenge! Plus! CABLE ACCESS IN THE HOUSE!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 1, 2015 by dirtygerund

So… apparently Worcester Cable Access is looking to do a piece about The Dirty Gerund Poetry Show. They’ll be shooting all night, so dust off them flashy duds and come grab some poetry and suds!

POETRY FEATURE: CASH MONEY POETRY SLAM w/ the BAND! Dirty Gerund needs to reschedule Sarah Q. Morgan, so, we thought we’d celebrate this Sunday’s Seven Hills Team Selection Slam with a next day poetry slam party! Just one hitch. You have to perform two poems with the band! There’s a curve ball for ya! 2 rounds! Winner gets $50, second place gets $20. Third place gets $10! Wow! (need to have 4 slammers in place however) because you never know that the band’s gonna bring to the table, we’re extending the clock to 4 minutes instead of the standard three.

BONUS RUCKUS: The BRING THE HEAT Performance Challenge – We verywasabi well might find ourselves outside this Monday (forecast looking kinda good) so NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS wishes to manifest this heat with our good green friend WASABI! Down a spoon full of everybody’s favorite sushi condiment and do your best to keep your cool through a series of firey haikus. Best performance or best maintainer, wins a prize! Spit hot fire!

SEVEN HILLS POETRY SLAM FINALS THIS SUNDAY! 8 awesome local dirtygerundflier2poets will vie for spots on this year’s 2015 Slam Team, heading to Oakland, CA in August! Come down to the Sahara on Highland at 7pm for an open mic before the main event! Sorry but, MATT & the BASTARDS won’t be on hand to play music (not allowed in poetry slam). YOSH & MIKEY are pondering off season Celtic moves. I’m sure we’ll have an amazing visual artist and snack for ya’ll this Monday! Look MAH! I’m on the T-V! Ooooh! Also, Throwback Thursday flier from back when we had local arts council funding. We’d like to kick things in gear with another flier campaign and NICHOLAS is throwing his money where his cake-hole is! He’s offering $50 for the best flier design. You can download most all info right off this poster (not a lot has changes) we still rock!

Monday! April 28th! JASON CARNEY from DALLAS! Plus! The “Texas Hold’Em” Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 23, 2015 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: JASON CARNEY is a performance poet from carneyDallas, Texas, is a four-time National Poetry Slam Finalist, honored as a Legend of the Slam in 2007. He appeared on three seasons of the HBO television series Russell Simmons’ Def Poets. Jason has performed and lectured at some of our nation’s finest colleges and universities as well as high schools and juvenile detention centers from California to Maine. A graduate of Wilkes University MFA Program for Creative Writing, where he was an honored winner of the Etruscan Prize, the Bergman Foundation Scholarship, and the Norris Church-Mailer Scholarship. He is Co-founder and Artistic Director of the non-profit Young DFW Writers.

BONUS RUCKUS: The first ever (as far as we know…) TEXAS HOLD’EM pokerWRITING CHALLENGE: I was going to say we had to, but we didn’t. We’re just quirky and tongue in cheeky. In honor of our featured guest, we’ve created a new challenge for you all, based on this popular game! Here’s the deal. (ha! I just got that!) Bring something to write on. We’ll give you 3 prompts (could be lines, photos, items) all contestants must use these three prompts in some way in their short poem. Each competitor will then get two additional prompts that are unique to them. Who ever’s got the best hand (short poem) at the end get’s a prize and the designation of official Dirty Gerund word-slinger! These stakes might get high! (not to be confused with the popular drug culture definition of what being “high” means).

JOHANNA is bringing us a snack this week! MATT & THE BASTARDS bandmight welcome ALEX THORSEN back? Dunno, but thanks to RAINY for filling in on drums last week! I’m sure Nick’s got a visual artist up his sleeve (haha, cause of the texas…. argh, never mind). Packed open mic last week, yet YOSH & MIKEY can’t help but wonder if this is the Monday we return outside, truly bringing us to that next level plane where we all want to be. We hope to see you there! Hey I snapped a photo of MATT & ANDREW doing there thing? Where’s Alex (Thorsen, not Charalambides) he was on vacation! Give him the business next time!

Monday 4/20! RUSHELLE FRAZIER BOOK & CD RELEASE! Plus the Four20 Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 15, 2015 by dirtygerund

Will this Monday be the Monday we go outside? 60plus degrees people, we can do this!

POETRY FEATURE: Rushelle Frazier is a queer black feminist writer rushellefraziercurrently based out of her hometown of Worcester, Ma. Rushelle is a finalist for the 2015 Worcester Slam Team. She is the co-originator of the Dirty Gerund Poetry Show. Rushelle is also a permaculture educator, herbalist, urban farmer, counselor, and poetry organizer. Her new Chapbook, Heavy Honey, is her eighth chapbook and is released by Doublebunny Press, and she worked with Worcester’s own DJ Muse to produce the CD.
Rushelle will also have her hand-poured soaps for sale. Because soaps totally go with poetry shows, right?! AND IT’S ALSO HER BIRTHDAY WEEK!!!!!

BONUS RUCKUS: The (snicker, giggle) 4/20 Challenge (guffaw) – Disclaimer: The Dirty Gerund Poetry Show and it’s host venue Ralph’s Rock Diner does not endorse the use of weed. However, we understand that the tide is turning in America and that 4/20 is indeed a thing. In celebration of it’s “thing-ness” NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS (on his own personal private time) will experiment (under proper clinical conditions of course, in a state 420where the purchase and use is legal). Someone will read him classic poems. He will then interpret the meanings of the poems and explain what they mean on a higher level. A responsible note taker will transcribe his responses and we will share the results for three game players who wish to win a frosty beverage on us at the show. We will go multiple choice on this one. Guess correct, get a point, get three points, win that drink! So… thirsty…

Guest visual arts by Gerund Favorite JENNY ISME! Band members jennyismeMATT, ALEX & ANDREW are still looking for a slick photo of them rocking out live, so we can share on our Ruckus Staff Page! Someone take a photo with their phone at the show already! I think? we have a snack volunteer for this week! Check with Emilee ya’ll! YOSH & MIKEY are weaning themselves off hockey by slapping burgers off the grill with a stick! Congrats to RAINY MAPLE on her IRON POET Qualifier win last Monday! She will face ROBERT BLACKWELL GIBBS next month for the title!

Monday! April 13th! ASTRID DREW from Providence! Plus IRON POET QUALIFIER!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 8, 2015 by dirtygerund

Seems like so long ago, we missed out on an awesome February show when we got snowed out three weeks in a row! Well it’s time to start catching up on all those great words we missed! Re-do!

POETRY FEATURE: ASTRID DREW is many things, but some of them astriddreware: writer, reader, archivist, organizer, and coffee-drinker. She has been a staff member of the Providence Poetry Slam for over four years, and was a member of the 2014 Providence Slam team that competed this past summer in Oakland California. When not writing, or researching maritime history like it’s her job (cause it is), she likes to go running with her pit bull mix, and attending live shows in her favorite little city.

BONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET QUALIFER (? vs. ?) It’s time to choose another challenger to face current champion ROBERT BLACKWELL GIBBS! Who wants some? In the next couple days, we will identify and recruit two worthy candidates, but if you’ve got suggestions or wish to throw your hat in the ring, get at us! Contestants will learn the secret aaronwhite-gerundingredient from our chairman YOSH SHARTIN, then create 3 concoctions. Haiku, short original poem, and incorporation poem! Highest scoring poet moves on for a shot at the title next month! (throwback wednesday(?) DG painting by AARON WHITE!

HOLY CRAP, MATT & THE BASTARDS are offering offerings to their gods for the weather to be nice enough to go OUTSIDE!!! Snack & Visual artist to be announced soon! YOSH & MIKEY think your burger orders could use more tips! Get down to RALPH’s and LIVE!!!


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