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 (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 might 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!