POETRY FEATURE: JASON CARNEY is a performance poet from Dallas, 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 WRITING 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 at the end get’s a prize and the designation of word slinger! These stakes might get high!
EVAN LUDDY returns as guest visual artist. (He’s the dude who mangles wire into amazing sculptures!) MATT & THE BASTARDS are a power trio again and have promised to not break any more equipment for a while ;) THANKS TO GONZO for lording over the hot sauce challenge last week! SUPPORT HIM with his KICKSTARTER to make Worcester the center of condiment flavor town once again! We’ve had so many great shows recently! We’re super excited to welcome our third out of towner this week! Let’s rock this proper people!