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Monday August 31st! BRIEF AWAKENING from ASHEVILLE North Carolina! Plus! “The Unfortunate Poetry I Wrote Back in the Day Challenge!”

Posted in Uncategorized on August 27, 2015 by dirtygerund

Summer’s winding down. Long live summer! We’re switching things up a tad this Monday! We’re featuring a musical group from North Carolina.

FEATURED ARTISTS: BRIEF AWAKENING is a small tribe of fairy briefawakeningcreatures who can only effectively communicate through art, song, and dance. Mandolin, ethereal vocals, synth, piano, avant garde heart drums and harmonious overtones- swirl, bubble,and trail wherever brief Awakening wanders. The Siren that is RYN ARRANTS magically dances with strange synth noises spatially mixed with rhythmic piano. The tiny beast that is KAY FOX PETRUCCI stomps on the kick drum at the same time as flying around on their red dragon mandolin. Together their whipping tendrils of rhythm and harmonic melody build a character of sound that is colorful and masked in emotion and briefawakening2spirituality. They just released their sophomore EP “Excelsior” with Pillow Fort Recording in Asheville, NC. The creatures are tour this Summer 2015. Brief Awakening has been featured live on UnRegular Radio (Boston, MA) , City Wide Blackout (Boston, MA) ,Three Strange Women (Boston, MA), and Daddy O Radio (Spartanburg, SC). check em out at

BONUS RUCKUS: The “Wow, that’s some unfortunate poetry I wrote in high school / college” Challenge! BACK TO SCHOOL! You have a few days to check your notebooks for those unfortunate pieces of writing you did back in the day! Any piece of writing that’t just straight up regrettable to you now? Have no fear! We’re putting $25 on the line if you bring the cringe worthiest piece in your back catalogue, you know the one you don’t want your biographer to find. If the show’s outside, we can even burn it so posterity can’t get their grubby digits on it! Don’t have bad poems you wrote back in the day? Write one on the spot and lie to us!

Visual arts will be handled by one (or both) of of our musical guests. Snacks dgfunby Emilee as always (by the way she’s throwing an this Saturday which you might wanna check out!) House band activate. Ever jam with a synth player? Here’s your chance! YOSH & MIKEY request your company in the tip jar! Thanks to DOUG ANDERSON for even more excellent photos of the show!

Monday! August 24th! SCOTT BEAL from ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN! Plus the new “Prompt & Circumstance!” Writing Challenge

Posted in Uncategorized on August 20, 2015 by dirtygerund

Best summah evah!

POETRY FEATURE: SCOTT BEAL’s first full-length collection, Wait ‘Til bealYou Have Real Problems, was published by Dzanc Books in November 2014. His poems have appeared recently in RattlePrairie SchoonerBeloit Poetry JournalMuzzleSouthern Indiana ReviewSonora Review, and the 2014 Pushcart Prize anthology. Beal teaches in the Sweetland Center for Writing at the University of Michigan and serves as Dzanc Writer-in-Residence at Ann Arbor Open School. He co-authored Jangle the beal2Threads with Rachel McKibbens and Aracelis Girmay (Red Beard Press, 2010) and Underneath: The Archaeological Approach to Creative Writing with Jeff Kass (Red Beard Press, 2011). Beal has competed in the Individual World Poetry Slam and has been a featured performer at schools, bookstores, and poetry slams around the country, including the Green Mill in Chicago, the Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe in New York, and the Cantab Lounge in Boston. He curates and co-hosts the Skazat! monthly poetry series in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he plays cards and watches Adventure Time with his two daughters.

BONUS RUCKUS: The first evah, “PROMPT & CIRCUMSTANCE” Writing and Presentation Challenge! Nick’s 4th idea is always the best! sharpieTrue story, had to sit through three variations of “something to do with emoji’s” before Nick changed course and found us a winner! We’ll take a few competitors, you’ll be given a random physical object AND a sharpie. The item will serve as your prompt AND your notebook. We will ask three special guests to critique your final poem on writing, presentation and aesthetic of how your poem appears on your prompt! Winner will receive a swell prize! Take that 3-D printer phenomenon!

DEANNA MENDOZA will be returning on visual arts! House band RUCKUS will most likely change their name again! But we have visual ruckusbandproof that they all exist at the show at the same time! YOSH & MIKEY wouldn’t mind a staff picture on our website themselves! This will be third snack in a row for EMILEE MORREALE, someone better think about stepping up quick! Come down to the Hangover Hour this Sunday to watch Alex read poems written by a dead writer! 5pm, Nick’s Bar on Milbury Street, Worcester!

Monday! August 17th! CASSANDRA de ALBA from Boston! Plus IRON POET QUALIFIER!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 13, 2015 by dirtygerund

More stars under the stars!

POETRY FEATURE: CASSANDRA de ALBA’s work has appeared in cassandraThe Nervous Breakdown, Skydeer Helpking, Illuminati Girl Gang, Drunken Boat, and Vector Press, among other publications. She’s represented Slam Free or Die (Manchester New Hampshire) and Hampshire County (Massachusetts) at the annual National Poetry Slam. She studies the history of sideshows, writes poems about deer, and hand-makes chapbooks titled after the pop culture of her heart, most recently Lake of Rage and Cool Trash Magazine. You can find her in Medford, MA in an apartment called the Feral Bitch Palace. We’ve been meaning to bring her to our stage for some time and are psyched to finally make it happen!

BONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET QUALIFIER “IVASE vs. ROLLOCK” – we threw down the gauntlet and went fishing for a new challenger for RAINY’s IRON POET TITLE and think we’ve come up with an interesting match/mash-up. JIGHJIGH TERSOO IVASE has been coming to our open mic with some seriously excellent work lately, TYLER ROLLOCK‘s a dgshow-andersonvoice that we haven’t seen for some time. Let’s throw an ingredient at them at the start of the show. Give them an hour to produce three poetic concoctions. Then we’ll grab three judges at halftime and most all of you know the rest! Boom! Winner get a shot at the title in September!

Packed open mics of awesome! SNACKS! VISUAL ARTS! MUSIC by RUCKUS! Burgers by YOSH & MIKEY! All the rest. I’m done typing! Thanks to Doug Anderson for the rocking photos from this past Monday’s show (see photo above these words)! Please come back!

Monday August 10th! ADAM GRABOWSKI from Western Mass! Plus! The “HERE U DO SOMETHING WITH THIS!” Summer Pop Smash Remix Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 6, 2015 by dirtygerund

Thanks all for coming out this past Monday! Another (inter)stellar night under the stars! Here’s hoping we have many more while the weather’s right and not hailing-y! grabowski

POETRY FEATURE: ADAM GRABOWSKI’s poetry can be heard on and in The Naugatuck River Review. He counts his voice as part of the Northampton Poetry Open Mic mosaic, a happening community that runs slams and open mics every Tuesday. ( Most recently Adam was part of the Amherst Art Walk where he got to yell his poetry in Emily Dickinson’s parlor under the banner of civic entertainment.

BONUS RUCKUS: The “HERE YOU DO SOMETHING WITH THIS” Summer Pop Hit REMIX Challenge! It’s summer, we’re feeling kinda lazy. About the only thing we can handle under this humidity is fanning summertimeourselves under the rocking chair while remembering the greatest pop song hits of summers of yore. The only problem? Most of these songs don’t hold up as much as we recall. Maybe you all can make some poetic adjustments, cut and paste, erasure style and remix us something we can hum along to while thinking about all those hot dog eating contests, cliff diving and first make out seshes. We’ll take 5 competitors. We’ll give you the lyrics to summer hits from the past. You reshape them into something we might actually want to listen to. Best one gets a drink and a prize! You might have to wear arm floaties. Extra points for summer camp time gear or other summery accessories.


NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS is now a star of stage(ish) and screen(ish) as he nickymeme made a recent appearance on Dale LaPage’s “This is the Nightlife” TV show! (Editors Note, it reportedly took several hours of exhausting takes to get enough footage for Nicky’s 4 minute spot, but if you que it up at minute ten, we think you’ll think all that work and crying was worth it!) Nicky also taught himself how to make a meme! Big week!

Check it HERE there’s scat singing and suit wearing smoothness!

RUCKUS will be in the (outside the) house to rock you all night! Rumor has it that BRITTANY DAVIS (no relation) will be there to paint the night away! Thanks to Lindsey for helping us avoid the rice cake alert (also saving us from Sam’s passive aggressive kimchi snack idea)! Come hang out this Monday! We plan on sending the slam team vibes while they unpack their bags in Oakland!

Monday! August 3rd! Poet/Emcee OOMPA from Boston! Plus The “EMILY DICKINSON on HELIUM” Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 29, 2015 by dirtygerund

oompa2FEATURED ARTIST: OOMPA is an educator by day, artist by life (as someone once said). She is a Roxbury-based Hip-Hop artist, Spoken word performer, and lover of all things music. The child of a southern black woman raised in the 30s, she is heavily inspired by the sounds of artists like James Brown, Aretha Franklin, and Bob Marley down. A 90s baby, she is the product of Lauryn Hill, TLC, John Legend, Jazmine Sullivan, and Kendrick Lamar. There are far too many to oompaname. Her music and poetry always grapple with identity, success, and politics, as experienced by a black, queer, woman, from Academy Homes (inner-city Boston). Oompa holds a Bachelor’s of Arts from Bucknell University in English, Creative Writing and Education and has performed at a number of different events in Lewisburg, PA and Boston. When she’s not on stage you can find her trying to find ways to get back on stage…or working with di yout dem…or hanging out with her beautiful niece and nephews. Check out videos and tracks at

BONUS RUCKUS: The return oheliumatompssscdsboncaf the “EMILY DICKINSON on HELIUM!” Challenge! – we got our hands on another helium tank and we’re gonna share the windfall. We dig poetry from the canon, but with someone like the reclusive Emily Dickinson, we just don’t know what she sounded like or even if she had an affinity for helium, so we feel completely justified covering her work after sipping a little helium. We’re CRAZEE? you say? fine. Whoever signs up, kicks the best cover version in the best high pitched voice gets to float high in the sky of victory and will take home an awesome prize! Bring your favorite Dickinson piece, or choose from our staggeringly small selection!

House band ruckus gets high on music and sometimes other things! RICE CAKE ALERT has been quelled for a week with EMILEE coming to the last minute defence of one SAM C. He’s on the hook. He needs to bring the 7hillsslamsnack this Monday or else the rice cake disappointment will fall on his reputation! MALT! If you see Sam, let him know! THANKS TO ALL WHO CAME LAST WEEK! We raised over $500 for the Seven Hills Slam Team (pictured to the right). If you want to check out their fine words one more time before they head to Oakland, come to the first Sunday Show at Sahara! Check the event invite HERE! It’s gonna be sexy or something! Visual artist and extra ruckusy bits to be announced via facebook soon! We had a packed mic again last week, so please get there by 8:30pm to assure yourself a spot! This week’s show is gonna be fire!


Posted in Uncategorized on July 22, 2015 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: 2015 WORCESTER POETRY SLAM TEAM7hillsThe inaugural team representing the new SEVEN HILLS POETRY SLAM monthly reading and slam series, is trying to get to the 2015 National Poetry Slam, taking place in Oakland California from August 11th to 17th! ROBERT BLACKWELL GIBBS, ASHLEY WONDER, COLIN KILLICK, SARAH SAPIENZA and RUSHELLE FRAZIER will be competing against some of the best spoken word poets in the world over the course of this 5 day competition. They’ve been practising, writing, competing in regional slams and holding fund raisers to get the dough they 7hills2need to travel. Come support the team! They will be performing, we’ll be passing the hat exclusively for them, we’ll be auctioning off a few high level prizes throughout the evening and we’ll even have a yard sale / bake sale starting a couple hours before the show if you wanna come early and throw some money their way! If you absolutely cannot make it this Monday, please make an on-line donation to their GOFUNDME page. They’re half way to their on-line goal, so let’s help them get to Cali!

BONUS RUCKUS: The ever popular, “WRESTLING PROMO or POEM?” Guess Challenge! Our friends at the Federation of Belligerent Writers are throwing a Ralph’s Party on Saturday August 1st, so to help promo their “Wet Hot Belligerent Summer Show”, they’re coming down to fbwhelp us guess if the line we spoken came from a famous wrestler or a famous poet. We speak the line, you buzz in and guess. First to three gets a frosty one on us!

Guest visual artist is none other than FERNANDA PREIRA. MALT SCHLITZMAN is bringing a NON-DRURIAN FRUIT SNACK! Thank him for saving us all from a rice cake alert. House band RUCKUS added some trombone last week, let’s see what they adorn themselves with this week! SUPER THANKS TO VATIC KUUMBA from Providence for doing such an amazing job filling in, last LAST minute for our cancelled feature! Congrats to RAINY MAPLE SUGAR CANDY on defending her title against JOSEPH JAMES BELLAMY in only the second ever tie breaker round in Iron Poet History! YOSH & MIKEY will be rocking the best in burgers and beers as always! Remember, come down around 7pm and help the slam team out with their yard/bake sale before the show! Oakland or bust! Bring extra cash this week! You might get a crazy deal on a BOSE SOUND SYSTEM during one of our auctions!

Monday! July 20th! Providence Emcee MEDUSAH BLACK! Plus IRON POET CHAMPIONSHIPS!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 17, 2015 by dirtygerund
FEATURED ARTIST: MEDUSAH BLACK, a monstrous MC who has medusahreign over an entire island, Rhode Island to be exact, and whose gruesome flow and venomous lyrics infect even the most masculine of male competitors. Her snake like curls dangerously frame her silhouette while her abysmal eyes tempt, divide and conquer anyone who catches their gaze. Not only is Medusah Black a monster MC but she is also a singer-songwriter, studio engineer, choreographer, graphic designer, hip hop educator, activist, event coordinator, promoter, artist manager and founder of Monstergodess Entertainment, a conglomerate of female entrepreneurs, entertainers and musicians. She is also the co-founder of the RI Hip Hop Union and runs a hip hop program for the youth at a local arts organization in Providence, Rhode Island. Last year medusah2MBlack formed a working partnership with Waasawki Music Group and plans to work more closely with them on upcoming projects and events later this year. To date MBlack has released 2 solo mixtapes “My BiPolar Beauty Vol 1” and “Soular System” and has collaborated lyrically and from an engineering standpoint on 6 other albums. She has performed and hosted on more than 100 different stages and has been nominated twice for Best Female MC by Flipside Radio. Last year MBlack received a “Making An Impact” award from Rhyme Culture Rhode Island and was asked to perform at Foo Fest, a huge music festival in downtown Providence.
BONUS RUCKUS: BONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET rainyCHAMPIONSHIPS! “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!
We’ve been having great outdoor shows! RUCKUS (formerly known as MATT & THE BASTARDS, aka DROOL & GANG) have been keeping the rock ruckus alive! This Monday Visual Arts by GARY HOARE! There will be SNACKS and fun and dancing and YOSH & MIKEY serving and all sorts of shenanigans your moms warned you about!

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