Posted in Uncategorized on July 1, 2015 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: A semi finalist for the PEN/Rosenthal fellowship, lashleyROBERT LASHLEY has had poems published in such Journals as Feminete, No Regrets,Your Hands, Your Mouth, and the Cascadia Review.. His work was also featured in Many Trails To The Summit, an anthology of Northwest form and Lyric poetry. He has featured at the Kerouac Institute for performing arts, Goddard, and Seattle Central College, read and was a guest lecture at The University of Washington-Tacoma and Western Washington university, and was in the IWPS page/stage panel and showcase in 2013. In May of 2014, he won the Cascadia Poetry Festival’s beer slam title.. His full length book: The Homeboy Songs, was published by Small Doggies press in April 2014.

rainyBONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET CHAMPIONSHIPS! “MAPLE vs. BELLAMY” – We’re excited! Our brand new champion RAINY MAPLE SUGAR CANDY is defending her trophy for the very first time and we’ve not made things easy for her! Challenger JOSEPH JAMES BELLAMY has been blistering our open mic with fire words lately. Rainy’s been covering 90’s songs on ukelele. Who’ll be prepared for battle whatever? 3 rounds, 3 original poetic concoctions, 3 random judges scoring on 3 criteria, plus ONE diabolical secret ingredient from our chairman YOSH SHARTIN! Two poets enter!

Art auction to follow! The band’s been calling themselves RUCKUS lately DGoutsideand we couldn’t be more proud. YOSH & MIKEY haven’t gotten. Lot’s of great stuff happening last week! So much more good stuff coming up in these heated summer months! Get ready to have the best summer mondays evah!


Monday, June 29th! Write Bloody Author JASON BAYANI on tour from SF/BAY AREA!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 24, 2015 by dirtygerund

DGoutsideHoly crap guys! Last Monday was one of (if not THE) BEST SHOWS in DIRTY GERUND 5plus year history! Overstuffed open mic full of amazing! Bassists in panda costumes! Incredible feature & special surprise guests from 617! This Monday should be no different!

POETRY FEATURE: JASON BAYANI is a graduate of Saint Mary’s bayaniMFA program in Creative Writing. He is a Kundiman fellow and a veteran of the National Poetry Slam scene whose work has been published in Fourteen Hills, Muzzle Magazine, Mascara Review, the National Poetry Slam anthology, Rattapallax, Write Bloody’s classroom anthology–– Learn Then Burn, and other publications. As a member of 7 National Poetry Slam teams, he’s been a National Poetry Slam finalist and represented Oakland at the International World Poetry Slam. He is also one bayani2of the founding members of the Filipino American Spoken Word troupe, Proletariat Bronze, and has been an organizer for the Asian and Pacific Islander Poetry and Spoken Word Summit. His first full length book, “Amulet” was published in 2013 through Write Bloody Press and has garnered acclaim in literary magazines such as Zyzzyva and Glint. He is currently the program manager for Kearny Street Workshop (the oldest multi-disciplinary Asian Pacific American arts organization in the country). First time featuring in Worcester, as part of his national book tour!


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We can only jinx ourselves so many times. Instead of an explanation. We’ve chosen to include a picture of our bass player.

Funky Town!

CODY‘s been bringing some guitar alongside MATT, ALEX & ANDREW. WEsavage just don’t know what to call them anymore. YOSH & MIKEY call them when their burgers are done! VISUAL ARTS by KITTY SAVAGE (photo enclosed, so rare we get an artist and their art in one shot! Make sure you bring them auction dollars!) Anyone on snacks? Clue, we’re gonna need more this week, because we’re looking to break attendance records for June! By the way! We’re trying to accommodate all open mic folks, but get there by 8:30pm to guarantee yourself our cooperation. Boom!

Monday June 22nd! Reigning Indie World Poetry Slam Champ PORSHA OLAYIWOLA!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 18, 2015 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: Black, dyke, poet, lover hip-hop feminist, womanist porshaOfriend, PORSHA OLAYIWOLA is a performance artist who believes in pixie dust and second chances. A resident of Boston, by way of Chicago, Porsha O is the winner of the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam.  She is a teaching artist who loves engaging with young folks via the medium of poetry.  In 2013 & most recently 2015, she coached and mentored a group of young poets as they went on to become the Louder Than A Bomb Massachusetts State champions. Her intention is to speak, love, and maintain a cypher that is undocumented, uncontrollable and just plain ole dope. She currently serves as team member and co-slammaster for Boston House Slam! This is her second feature at the DG, let’s make this one memorable!

BONUS RUCKUS: The long anticipated? Pie-klu Challenge? Every time we try to call this one, it rains and we have to go inside and behave (not trying to get pie on the floor, you know?) We’ll hide the haiku beneath the pie. We’re timing how long you can get to the bottom and read the haiku. Fastest time wins special prize! Maybe if I refuse to add a photo of pies, maybe that will break the hex.

Our friend STEFANO will be taping this Monday’s proceedings, bring your best. MATT & the BASTARDS and YOSH & MIKEY & EMILEE & ARTISTS AND OPEN MICERS always do.

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

Posted in Uncategorized on June 11, 2015 by dirtygerund


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!


Posted in Uncategorized on June 4, 2015 by dirtygerund
FEATURED GUEST: TOLONDA HENDERSON is a poet, a librarian, tolondaand a Harry Potter Scholar. Since 2011, she has been writing and performing from the unique perspective of a queer African-American woman raised in New England and living in the Washington, DC area. Tolonda’s performance of “Regrets” at the 2013 NPS was recorded and produced by Button Poetry and has been viewed more than 15,000 times. She has featured at Bang Said the Gun in London and throughout the Washington, DC area including Busboys and Poets and the legendary Spit Dat. Described as “tenaciously eloquent” by Love the Poet of the Punany Poets (as seen on HBO) and “badass” by 2009 WOWPS champion Rachel McKibbens, Tolonda was a finalist for the 2013 Beltway Poetry Slam team. When not on stage, Tolonda enjoys crochet, handbells, and recording books for struggling readers.
BONUS RUCKUS: OKAY, I THINK WE’LL BE BACK OUTSIDE SO WE CAN DO THIS DANG PIE-KU CHALLENGE – we’ve been brettkelleythreatening this for three weeks now and I think now might finally be the time we get it done. It’s a haiku, at the bottom of a pie tin, first to read their haiku wins special prize! I’m really tired of writing this. HAHA MATT & THE WANKERS NEVER TIRE OF BRINGING THE TASTY JAMS TO OUR OPEN MIC! The super talented BRETT KELLEY is returning to do the visual arts, bring money, cause Nick and I are fixing to outbid you! Who’s got the snacks? (please confer with Emilee so she knows you’re bringing snacks. Thanks) YOSH & MIKEY will be ready to talk basketball and hockey championships. Better hope there aren’t two games happening at once, or you’ll never get served at the bar! Boom! You just got served!

Monday! June 1st! The legendary RYK McINTYRE returns! Plus “Pie-Ku” Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 28, 2015 by dirtygerund

Poetry under the stars has been working out! Let’s hope the no rain on Mondays continues!

POETRY FEATURE: RYK McINTYRE can be counted among the ryk2Boston Poetry at the Cantab originals; in 1991, he represented the venue at the National Poetry Slam. A mainstay of the scene. After a fourteen-year absence from the National Poetry Slam, Ryk earned a spot on the venue’s slam team in 2005, setting the record for Cantab slammer with the longest hiatus and return. Additionally, he slammed in national competition for Worcester and Providence over the past few years and was also featured at the very first Legends of Slam showcase at the 2006 National Poetry Slam. Ryk has toured nationally and in Canada, opening for acts as varied as Leon Redbone, Andrei Codrescu and Jim Carroll. He has performed his work at NYC’s New School and Boston’s ICA and Strand Theater, as well as appearing as part of Lollapalooza. He has been published in Short Fuse- An Anthology Of New Fusion Poets, 100 Poets Against The New World Order, Aim for The Head (Write Bloody Press), nthposition, The Worcester Review, The Huffington Post & released a full length collection After Everything Burns, available on Sargent Press. Ryk’s a Worcester favorite and he’s coming really close to breaking the seal on our first “5 Timers Club” feature record, ala SNL Baldwin fame.

BONUS RUCKUS: Let’s try this again, now! with a better name, the piePIE-KU Eating and Performance Challenge! There’s a haiku at the bottom of the pie. We’ll time you and see who rocks this the fastest. Winner gets an awesome prize that’s not a pie. We assure you. You are so assured. (Note: we’ll only do this outside, cause it could get messy) You are now even more assured!

They don’t serve pie at Ralph’s. If you’re lucky, perhaps snack time queen Emilee will bake and serve pies for snack time. Maybe you got it like that and wish to volunteer yourself. Email Emilee and we’ll sing your praises (does not have to be pie, by the way, just can’t stop on this pie jag). YOSH & MIKEY don’t want pie in their beards! They do like tips in their jars!

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!



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