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Monday! August 18th! The legendary SHANE HALL! Plus! “Poetry in Lotion!” yah! we said it! Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 14, 2014 by dirtygerund

FEATURE: SHANE HALL is a discordian rap star who balances the world shanehallgiggityon his hatred of the mundane.  He’s also a songwriter/rapper/producer/performer/poet type of person who does things, and hopes that you like them or that you dislike them in such a way that it will bring you pleasure. Shane Hall is the only performer to have ever achieved Emeritus Status, as he will always be the musical director of our collective hearts forever! What that means, is he’s the first house band leader we ever had, his brilliance and energy was instrumental (pun intended like woah!) in making the Gerund what it is today! Whether he’s plucking the guitar, slapping the bass, rapping circles around his contemporaries or all of the above, this cat is NOT TO BE MISSED! More about this BANANArchist at or jump onto the special invite he created for this once in a decade party!

greenappleBONUS RUCKUS: First of it’s kind, The “POETRY IN LOTION!” Extra sensory guess challenge! We know you see, hear, smell & even taste the Gerund, but are you feeling us? Well, if not, here’s your unique opportunity! Our good friend MANDI RACKERS has a new business venture called MANDI’S GREEN APPLE BEAUTY & HEALTH PRODUCTS and we like to support our friends and tell you about what’s local and health-ful? So, the challenge? NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS is bringing short poems and stanzas with the last word chopped off. You’re gonna partner up and expose some skin. You’re gonna have the last word written in lotion, be the first to guess correctly and win a special health-ful prize package from Mandi who will have some products available that night!

Ice Bucket ChallengeIf the weather behaves we’ll be back outside! We expect the return of BASTARD KIDS as backing band, the return of YOSH SHARTIN to the taps and grill and the return of so many ghosts of gerunders past who can’t wait to step to the stage and rock out with this exciting new generation. Think KIRK/PICCARD Fight Club! Also, in honor of all this ALS viral video / ice bucket challenge going around, our Snack Time Director Emeritus EMILEE MORREALE is prepared to live dump ice on her, of every $10 donation made to support ALS research! Bring some extra ice dumping money to support a great cause!

Monday August 11th – AMANDA TORRES! Plus “Crazy Celebrity Tweet or Poem?” Guess Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 8, 2014 by dirtygerund

Holy WOW! was last week all sorts of TNT art explosion!!! We took a risk going outside with a wonky weather forecast, but the gamble paid off and it was one of the more memorable nights in DG History! Let’s keep it goin’!

amandatorresPOETRY FEATURE – AMANDA TORRES is a poet, singer, teaching artist, youth arts activist & Mass LEAP Artistic Director. Winner of the national Brave New Voices Poetry Slam competition and veteran of the original Louder than a Bomb Chicago, she showcased at the firstyouth poetry slam in London. Winner of the Union League Civic Arts Foundation Award for Famanda torres 2iction,she has written articles for Area Magazine and has published work in several anthologies including the Garland Court Review. Currently Youth Arts Program Director for IBA Cacique, she’s presented professional development programs around the country, most recently at Andover Breadloaf andthe Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston), NCTE Conference and the Oklahoma Arts Institute. She currently serves as co-founder and co-director of the annual Louder than a Bomb Massachusetts state wide youth poetry festival.

BONUS RUCKUS – The “Was that a CrazEe Celebrity Tweet or Poetry Line?tweet-ferrel Quizzical Guess Challenge? Man! Self Absorbed Celebrities say the darnedest things sometimes and we just can’t get enough! Sometimes Jaden Smith says the deepest stuff and just makes one wonder when his first book of poems is coming out! No time for editing (or cognitive thought) when you’re living life in the fastest lanes, so we figured we’d help these uber famous folks out by culling the vastness of the twittersphere for beautiful gems that can go syllable for syllable against the greatest the poetry canon has to offer! Your job? Be the first to guess “celebrity tweet” or “poem” – get three correct and WIN!

sousaBASTARD KIDS are taking a week off from house band booty shaking duty to allow one of our favorite Ralph’s Bar-Men MIKEY to rock some ambient, technological wizardry around our words! Guest visual artist LIZ SOUSA (pictured left) is no stranger to our stage and word on the street is, she still likes owls! A lot! Who wants to snack time us? Will DAMIAN return for a 4th straight week of “90’s song of the week?’ This and maybe one or more questions will be answered when you get down to Ralphs parking lot to get down with us outside this Monday!!!

Monday! August 4th return win from RUSHELLE FRAZIER!!! Plus Iron Poet Qualifier!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 31, 2014 by dirtygerund

we’re on a roll and hoping for a return of the outside show!

POETRY FEATURE: The lady who came up with the name and started the rushelle2Ralph’s Monday Series you’ve all come to love RUSHELLE FRAZIER is returning home to visit! “Rushelle Frazier’s writing has powerful knack for leaving me speechless in the same way the right dialogue would in a good film or a great play. The way a sunset reminds me that I am only human and there’s nothing wrong with that. Frazier loves hard and well, fights hard and well, and her poetry exudes this in such a marvelous way that I felt like I was The One being loved and fought and loved again. I thought I knew her–and now I know I do. For this, I am pleased. This is a very good book from a fine human being.” –“Mighty” Mike rushelleMcGee – Rushelle “Rush” Frazier is a spoken word and visual artist based in East Tennessee. Born in Queens, NY and raised in Worcester, MA, she has been involved with poetry- page and stage- for the past decade, hosting poetry readings, workshops, other spoken word events with relentless consistency and thoroughly unremarkable habit of writing about it in long-winded and grammatically incorrect run-on sentences.  for the latest on a new CD and book! Don’t miss out! Especially all you newbies, she’s not only an incredible poet, but she’s sort of your godmother!

BONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET QUALIFIER MATCH-UP “EJR vs IronPoetApronAVA” – that’s right folks! Two of our most talented young upstarts are taking the ultimate test challenge this Monday as they each vie for a shot at champion NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS‘ title. The brilliant words are going to fly as we get original haiku’s, short poems and incorporated poems about whatver diabolical ingredient that chairman YOSH SHARTIN dreams up in the back kitchen where the chili is born! Don’t know if it’s gonna be chili peppers, or habanero’s but this match up will be hot!

bastardkidsBASTARD KIDS are bringing back the idea of after show dance party! By gar… it’s been too long! Will we be outside? Will we get treated to a third week in a row of “Damian’s 90’s song of the week!” We could use someone to donate snack time this week. Get at us! Visual artist TBA (my favorite!) We are dreaming up big things for the fall to help celebrate our 5th anniversary! Wow! I mean, POW! (Adam West Batman Style)!

Monday July 28th! DRC Records Rap Showcase from BROCKTON! Plus the Prose Cuddle Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 25, 2014 by dirtygerund

We might play outside again! This show’s not gonna be your regular mild mannered Gerund. Buckle up!

DRCrecordsFEATURED PERFORMERS: we’re turning up the volume for artists from  (DRC RECORDS) an independent record company devoted to releasing underground music from an array of genres. DRC (short for Drugrat City) was started in early 2008 by Shemrok and Acidrop to release and promote artists with similar interests. With DRC’s roots in both the Boston area and Los Angeles, the styles, fans, and Drugratz are quite diverse and devoted to the artistic progression and expression of one another. DRC is sending us the talented, free wheeling, wild, acrobatic verbal stylings of COOLER THAN SMACK and EGO SYSTEM w/ DIASTRO from Brockton, Massachusetts!

bunniescuddleBONUS RUCKUS: PROSE CUDDLE CHALLENGE – this is (I believe) the fourth installment. Whenever the Dirty Gerund invites hip hop into the space, we like to counteract any possibility of over-aggressive, excessive chastising that comes from rap battles and completely flip everything on it’s tender hear. Usually in rap battles, the point is to verbally assault your competitor with rhymes that blaze like laser beams. Prose cuddle? Just what it means. Kill your competitor with kindness and points taken away for obsessive rhyming. Just talk it out, float those compliments in your softest prose style. The person ringskateboardwho gets the most cuddly “awe’s”…. wins!

BASTARD KIDS continue their summer music residency! Open mics have been jammed lately, so get down by 8:30 to assure yourself a spot! MAREH K returns with snacks! YOSH & MIKEY have to stretch before shifts cause you gottem jumping around so much behind that bar! And bring them art auction dollars cause rumor has it that 2011 Worcester Arts Councul Fellow ship Winner DEREK RING is bringing the paint!!!! Did I mention this show might get a little wild! There, you’ve been warned!

Monday July 21st! LIZARD LOUNGE POETRY SLAM TEAM visits! Plus! Old School Palm Pilot Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 16, 2014 by dirtygerund

Hey all – we’ve been having an amazing run of shows this summer! Let’s keep the jams coming!

lizard loungePOETRY FEATURE: 2014 LIZARD LOUNGE POETRY SLAM TEAM is travelling to Oakland, California next month to compete at the National Poetry Slam, facing off against over 80 teams from around the world! The represent one of the coolest reading and poetry slam series around in Cambridge every Sunday Night! Lizard Lounge always brings fierce work to the stage, often making semi finals and impressing audiences that see them! This year is no different. Team members HARLYM 125, PORSHA O, LISSA PIERCY, NORA MEINERS and NEIEL ISRAEL is a dynamic team. Word is there’s more group work percolating that the team usually has and almost each one of these incredible poets have featured here on their own! Imagine that all these voices can do at once! This is a team fundraiser to help get them to nationals, so please come down and give big to the bucket so we can support, Worcester style!!!

BONUS RUCKUS: The “OLD SCHOOL PALM-PILOT” Writing & ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Performance Challenge! NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS is going to bring several palm reading related prompts and offer them to contestants at the beginning of the night. Your job? Take one, write a short poem. The catch? You have to write it on your palm and deliver those words with no other paper or gizmo to assist! Not for the sweaty of palm! A brilliant prize awaits the poet who brings it best!!! Cheat sheet old school style!

outside dirty gerundBASTARD KIDS begin their few week residency and will be twirling and wrangling music for your reading pleasure! EVAN LUDY is our guest visual artist! YOSH & MIKEY are manning the bar like a battle ship! All hands and sweaty palms on deck! If the weather’s anywhere near nice, we’re gonna try to do this outside! Hot diggity summer! Join us (hopefully) outside! This is what I look like outside! It’s fun!


Monday! July 14th! TRU KWENE from Boston! Feature debut! Plus! IRON POET CHAMPIONSHIPS!!!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 10, 2014 by dirtygerund

Back at RALPH’S, now that Hollywood’s had their fun! We might be outside on the patio again! Let’s see if the weather plays nice. We play nice!

kwenePOETRY FEATURE: TRU KWENE was born and raised in Boston, MA. She’s been seriously writing poetry since the age of 17. When she first found her passion for writing and performing poetry she worked as a youth organizer for Teen Empowerment where she was able to organize peace promoting events in the inner city. There she helped organize and perform in a many as 100 shows and for audiences as big as 1000. These days you can find her in Boston, supporting as many of the local shows and artists as she can. Also, you can find her on Facebook at This is Kwene’s first full feature ever! Dirty Gerund’s proud to help pad this launch!

BONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET CHAMPIONSHIPS “Davis vs. kobialkaKobialka” - Oh man, the smack talk has reached record levels. These two poets have been jawin’ at each other something fierce. NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS is your current champ and has been training, shoving his fat paws into kitchen pantries, writing epic free writes about canned pineapples, generic mac n cheese boxes and funyons, just burning for his chance to defend his precious trophy! JAMES KOBIALKA has been sitting on radiators all summer to prepare for the heat of competition, he’s super confident for a man with only one Iron Poet Match under his teachers belt. Let’s see if his fresh participles can tear the title from local gutter royalty! Rawwwwr! 3 rounds, 3 poetic concoctions, 3 judges, 3 criteria for judging, one maniacal secret ingredient from chairman YOSH SHARTIN! It’s all love, not really.

dgtrophyMOLLY & THE ADAMS return for guest house band awesome! MAREH K returns with a new summer time snack! LORETTA ADAMS  is your visual artist! What else? Now what else could you possibly want! Already have a number of RSVP’s for the open mic, so PLEASE get down by 8:30 to ensure yourself a spot and we can get this amazing show going! For your viewing pleasure, an old pic of me with the trophy! Watch me repeat this over my head action this Monday, where we’re always over our heads!

Monday! July 7th! One Night at NICK’S BAR! w/ WILLIAM EVANS from Columbus Ohio! PLUS! “Great Speech or Poem?”! Guess Challenge

Posted in Uncategorized on July 4, 2014 by dirtygerund

***IMPORTANT*** Due to an independent film being shot at Ralphs on Monday! The Dirty Gerund Show will be making another one night only trek across town to NICK’S BAR Worcester at 124 Millbury Street this week! ***

willevansPOETRY FEATURE: WILLIAM EVANS is a writer,instructor and performer from Columbus, OH. As the founder of the Writing Wrongs Poetry Slam (September ’08), William has created the largest weekly poetry open mic currently operating in the city. William also founded the NuGrowth Youth Poetry Slam in Columbus, OH in addition to hosting the first ever Columbus All District High School Poetry Slam in April 2009. As an artist, William is one the most successful performance poets to come from Columbus and the state of Ohio as a whole. He made his second appearance on a slam finalist stage at the National Poetry Slam in 2011 as a member of the Writing Wrongs National team in addition to his 11th place finish at the Individual World Poetry Slam in 2009. He has willevans2performed on seven Columbus National Teams while being an artist in residence for both the Columbus Wexner Center and Columbus City Schools in 2012. William released his first full-length manuscript, In the Event You are Caught Behind Enemy Lines in August 2009 on Penmanship Books of Brooklyn, NY. He currently tours the country and facilitates writing workshops thru Projecting Murals LLC, a non-profit
organization that connects facilities such as schools, community centers & correctional facilities to artists from the community. He founded the company in April 2009.

speechBONUS RUCKUS: “GREAT SPEECH or POEM?” Guess where the line is from challenge! We think poets sell out too often and land cushy gigs as political speech writers. This is our hypothesis. So let’s test that one out again and see if ya’ll can tell the difference. We’ll bring lines from classic poems and speeches, recite them. You buzz the buzzer, guess and get a point. First to three gets a sweet prize! Musical guests, visual artists to e announces. Stay tuned an in tune for the facebook invite! We’re super excited to rock out at Nick’s again. Thanks to so many folks who came out and tore it up last week as we took the show outside! So bananas! Let’s keep this incredible summer going! Let’s make good decisions this weekend people!

Monday June 30th! DG stays at RALPHS! Special Guest SoCal’s BRENDAN CONSTANTINE! Music by ZACK SLIK! Plus Finish this Limmerick! Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 25, 2014 by dirtygerund


brendanconstantinePOETRY FEATURE: BRENDAN CONSTANTINE‘s work has appeared in FIELD, Ploughshares, Zyzzyva, Ninth Letter, Poetry DailyArtLife, and Hotel Amerika among other journals. His first book, Letters To Guns (2009 Red Hen Press), is now taught extensively in schools across the nation. His most recent collections are Birthday Girl With Possum (2011 Write Bloody Publishing) and Calamity Joe (2012 Red Hen Press). He has received grants and commissions from the Getty Museum, James Irvine Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. A popular performer, Brendan has presented his work to audiences thbrendanconstantine2roughout the U.S. and Europe, also appearing on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” KPFK’s “Inspiration House,” numerous podcasts, and YouTube. He is currently poet in residence at the Windward School and adjunct professor at Antioch University. In addition, he regularly conducts workshops for hospitals, foster homes, & with the Alzhheimer’s Poetry Project.

kasellBONUS RUCKUS: In honor of CARL KASELL’s Retirement, The “Finish this Limmerick” Guess Challenge! We listen to our open mic poetry friends and fans…. sometimes! Our man Danny recently inspired us by sharing a limmerick in tribute to NPR Radio Personality Cark Kassell’s retirement. He played host, official judge and scorekeeper of the weekly news quiz show Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! and was quite the fan of limmericks! THE GAME: NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS will write and deliver both bawdy and not as bawdy limmericks with the last word missing. Your job?  Buzz in and guess the last rhyme! That simple. Be first to guess three correct and win a prize!

zackslikMusical Guest & One Man House Band ZACK SLIK returns with that twangy old timey sound! Visual Artist BRITTANY DAVIS (no relation, wink)! OFFICIAL RICE CAKE ALERT! Get in touch with Marek K! So! There will be a metal show upstairs this Monday! If the weather holds, we may throw down outside on the front patio!



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Monday June 23rd! 2014 Prov Grand Slam Champ MARSHALL “Gripp” GILSON! Plus the “Shatner-ize my Cummings!” Performance Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 22, 2014 by dirtygerund

marshallgrippgilsonPOETRY FEATURE: MARSHALL “GRIPP” GILLSON is a nerd by day and a rapper/poet by day also. He has released five independent LPs, two mixtapes, several compilation albums, and a number of mythical creatures from captivity. His fifth solo album, “Ansible”, was released on January 21, 2014. He has been an active slam poet since 2008, representing four different venues in three different states in national competition. As the current Providence Grand Slam champion, he will travel to Pheonix to represent the city in the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam. He is also the founder and editor of the independent literary magazine “The Misanthropy”. In his spare time, he enjoys arguing, pontificating, and writing biographies in the third person. This is his first time featuring in Worcester and we’re psyched! Check out more at

BONUS RUCKUS: Return of the “Shatner-Ize my Cummings!” cummingsPerformance Challenge! Ever seen William Shatner cover Elton John’s Rocket Man? No? Really? It’s hilarious! We’ve coined the phrase Shatner-ize to mean doing an over the top celebrity impersonation to someone else’s art work in order to maximize hilarity, and uhm, artistic merit. Ugh. EE Cummings is considered a classic innovative poet known for his lack of stylistic and structural conformity. We’ll clip some of his best known verse, you bring your best celebrity impersonation, rock our mic and win!

juliusjonesJULIUS JONES returns to front the guest house band this week! Mareh’s been holding it down as Snack Time Summer Queen, but if you’re interested in volunteering one soon, let us know and we’ll let her know!  former Iron Poet Champ, Miss Dirty Gerund, JACKIE MORRILL is trying on the visual arts pants this Monday! YOSH & MIKEY like your hat!  Summer Summer Summer Time, Let’s just sit back and… un-…. uhm… forget unwinding, things are WINDING UP to explose with an incredible summer in Dirty Gerund Land! Let’s go!

Monday! June 16th! KALEIGH O’KEEFE from Boston! Plus FRANKEN-POEM Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 13, 2014 by dirtygerund

kaleighOkeefePOETRY FEATURE: KALEIGH O’KEEFE is a performance poet and fine artist working and studying in Boston, Massachusetts, who has shown her work and performed in many venues across New England, solo and as part of FLATLINE POETRY Performance Troupe. She currently works to uphold the legacy Lewis Morris started as the president of The OFFICIAL Massart Poetry Alliance, where she organizes and hosts open mics, poetry slams, and special events. Kaleigh works mainly with ceramics, but has also worked with iron, bronze, aluminum, steel, rubber, plastic, wood carving and joinery, mixed media, site specific installations, and is a skilled and passionate mold-maker for life and object casting. Kaleigh is also passionate about education, sparked by working with the Gallery Education Team at the Bakalar and Paine Galleries in Boston for the past two years, and is currently working towards a BFA in Sculpture and History of Art of at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

BONUS RUCKUS: The return of “FRANKEN-POEM” frankenpoemCHALLENGE – We’ve had some fun with this game in the past! Here’s the scoop. Nick & I will snip & cull stanzas from some of our favorite poems (not out of the actual books mind you, we like our books, do you mind?). Your job, choose several beautiful lines at random and see if you can put them in an order than makes sense and makes out senses tingle with artistic goodness. Deliver your stitched poem together and win a tasty beverage of your choice! This poem! It’s alive! ALIVE!!!!!

ralphsdinerWe welcome BASTARD KIDS as they return to house band us into glory! Resident visual artist will be local luminary JENNIPUR JANE! Thanks to MAREH K for devilling our eggs last week! We look forward to what her summer residency brings to our table next! We’re excited to retun to RALPHS DINER! We liked the digs at Nick’s a lot, but there’s no place like home! YOSH & MIKEY didn’t notice we were gone, super sad face! I write streams of semi-consciousness like i’m BEAT! I’m beat, but you can’t beat the Gerund!


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