POETRY FEATURE: LULU HAWKES is a slam and spoken word poet who’s originally from Zimbabwe but has lived in Southern Maine for the past 13 years. After a long hiatus from the slam scene, Lulu is back in full force. She will be representing Worcester and 7 Hills Slam at the Women of the World Poetry Slam in Brooklyn New York March 9-12. She has been writing her entire life but jump-started her performance career when she was in high school. Lulu first debuted her talent when she competed in Poetry Out Loud, a high school level poetry recitation competition. She ended up representing the state of Maine in Washington DC at the national level of the competition. After that Lulu began entering adult level slam competitions in Portland and had a few of her poems published in newspapers and academic journals. While still in high school Lulu ran writing and performance workshops in elementary and middle schools, working with mostly African immigrants, to encourage diasporic writing. Currently, Lulu is a senior at Clark University. She’s majoring in International Development and Social Change with a concentration in Education. She hopes to cultivate her sociopolitical poetry into a career at some capacity. But for now she continues to run youth writing workshops and performs at different universities.
BONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET QUALIFIER: “HARGROVE vs. NICHOLS” – You know the Dirty Gerund Show loves us some Federation of Belligerent Writers, even if we don’t ALWAYS attend their shows (tugging uncomfortably at shirt collar like Rodney Dangerfield) so we thought we’d put a serious dent in the loyalties of our FBW fan contingent by pitting two of their favorite participants in an Iron Poet Qualifier. KYLE HARGROVE & VIVIAN ELIZA NICHOLS will take our stage as, ahem, themselves and create 3 original poetic concoctions, based off chairman YOSH SHARTIN‘s diabolical prompt! Winner gets a shot at RAINY MAPLE‘s title next month!
Feelin’ bad cause the snow kept you from cheering PAULIE LIPMAN at the show this past Monday? Well, you should! I mean, it’s cool, you can make it up to him by attending this Sunday’s 7 HILLS POETRY SLAM with feature OOMP WILL, Paulie will be in town and do a spotlight, so you can bask in some amazing work all night long! Visual artist this week will be none other than ANA SOL PEREZ, who, thankfully is not taking too much time between appearances! SNACKS by EMILEE (hopefully)! MUSIC by MATT and hopefully ALEX & ANDREW (haha, the snow really knocked our staff down last week). YOSH & MIKEY & DORIAN will be on hand to tell you your outfit is wicked shahp, oh, and serve you the best in burgers and drinks!