Monday July 9th! DG welcome’s MEAGHAN FORD from Boston! Musical Guest: SWEET STREET SYMPHONY! Plus! “Nick’s Drunk Text of Poem?” Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 7, 2012 by dirtygerund

FEATURE: MEAGHAN FORD is a poet, educator, and designer living in Boston, MA. She received her Masters from Emerson College and recently worked with Mass LEAP on the inaugural Louder than a Bomb Youth Poetry Festival. When not working she can be found running around the city sampling the local food trucks and climbing scaffolds. Meaghan has been previously published by Phantom Kangaroo, The Scrambler, and the Legendary to name a few. She was a finalist for this year’s Write Bloody Publishing Contest as well as Boston Cantab Poetry Slam Team Finals. This sharp, insanely talented, powerful voice is coming to Worcester for her first Dirty Gerund Feature! All hail!

MUSICAL GUEST: From New Orleans, SWEET STREET SYMPHONY is on tour and barn storming their way into our show this Monday with an really fun mix of dance-able originals, trad. jazz, and folk songs! The band is made up of SHAMEUS PAN GREY MOUNTAIN who sings and plays banjo and drums, TATE CARSON on bass, JASON CASH on flute, clarinet, and alto saxaphone, BYRON ASHER on clarinet and tenor saxaphone, M’ISSA FLEMING sings and plays trumpet, flute, and washboard! These troubadours are on tour in support of their self titles release! You should rock out with them at so much dancing is sure to ensue!

BONUS RUCKUS: The Second Annual “Drunk Text Message of Poem?!!!” Challenge! Your curator NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS sometimes writes poems, sometimes he’s worse for drink and chooses to communicate in drunk texts that sound even more poetic than any open mic stanza. Nick’s gonna find some of his favorites and pepsi-challenge you to tell the difference. We ‘ll set the buzzer up, first to guess three correct, quiz show style, get’s a drink on us and gets one step closer to penning your next late night glorious text message debacle!

WILLIAM THOMPSON FUNK EXPERIMENT is chilling with their summer residency! EMILEE MORREALE is on vacation! Who will bring snacks? I ask. Who? Email her by Sunday Night to jump on board! YOSH & CHICKEN hopes there’s bacon! We hope to shake and bake with you this Monday! Many thanks to those who’ve been coming out this summer, we look to keep rocking with ya proper!

We’ll leave you with some sweet street sounds from this week’s musical guest! Come Bayou Wielin’ with us!

Monday July 2nd! Celebrate Fireworks w/ a very HAIRYLAMB DG Fund Raiser! Musical Guest Portland Accoustic Singer GAELLE ROBIN! Plus IRON POET QUALIFIER!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 29, 2012 by dirtygerund

We need paper clips apparently. Or maybe the IRS is counting them pennies in our buckets. Or maybe we’re trying to get some new DG swag off the ground. Or maybe we’re saving money up to buy the Youker back from Chicago. We don’t want him to play 3rd base for the Red Sox anymore, we just want to chill with him! We don’t care.

The Dirty Gerund wants your money. FUN RAISER STYLE!

YOUR FEATURE: HAIRYLAMB – your humble host servant demands a slot that doesn’t open the show. Your humble host servant has some poems on paper that he won’t feel pressured to wave his arms around for, in a manic attempt to start the raucous ruckus off right. Your humble host servant is tired of referring to himself as humble and wishes to SMASH like bulk store items spilt on the Hulk. Your self effacing rumble post servant declares himself fit to 15 minute feature slot you in the face… twice! Your tumble weed coast serve man no longer feels the need to justify! Him hungry for burgers and your slap happy dazzled attention strings. Your grumble toast pageant wishes nothing but the best for you, but is serving himself up with no butter instead. He likes to wear hats!

MUSICAL GUEST: GAELLE ROBIN is a Portland – based poet and singer/songwriter who was born and raised in rural Maine. you might see gaelle working the counter at local sprouts cooperative or sauntering down the brick sidewalks of the city. but, in their free time, they are most likely cuddling with their cat, pretending to play guitar or thinking about how the world is beautiful and crumbling at the same time. Check out more of the haunting melodies and amazing string strums at If this wasn’t exciting enough, guess who’s backing on drums? ….. wait for it…… none other that our choicest ex-patriot musical director, GREG McKILLOP!!!! Boom!

BONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET QUALIFIER “??????? vs. ???????” Whu? Ya! Your benevolent curator NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS is looking for two stalwart poets to do battle in poem stadium this Monday, for the right to face NICOLE ZAJON for the Interim IRON POET CHAMPIONSHIPS! 2 poets (sure we don’t know who yet, but that’s never stopped us before) 3 original poetic creations (haiku, short poem, and incorporation poem) 3 judges, 3 criteria (taste, presentation and use of the…..) and one diabolical secret ingredient presented at the beginning of the show by our Chairman (and heralded bar man) YOSH SHARTIN! Will it be delectable of metal detectable? Who knows? Who cares? The answer? You will, this monday night!

NICHOLAS DAVIS IS PSYCHED TO SING SNACK TIME with the WILLIAM THOMPSON FUNK DG DUCT TAPE EXPERIMENT featuring MARTIN, ADAM & DERRICK! Who will donate? Contact EMILEE MORREALE for glory! Visual Artist will be chosen by AARON WHITE! Get at him if you’ve always wanted to make money doing your art live! YOSH & CHICKEN make THEIR money the old fashioned way, by serving you witty banter and the best in draught goodness! Open Mic and all the rest as we say hello to JULY!!!! Yup! Forget the founding fathers! We’re spitting hot fire-crackers that will spark a little something beside the nubs where your fingers used to be this very Monday Night! I mean, let’s face it, with the 4th falling ever so precariously on a Wednesday, you’ve all pretty much decided to take most of the week off any way right? So… ya! Right!

Monday! June 25th – Dirty Gerund Welcomes 2011 NPS Finalist JAMILA WOODS from Chicago! Musical Guest: Return of the DUBBER w/ SILDAG! Plus “The Lazy Days of Summer” Lazy Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 21, 2012 by dirtygerund

Dirty Gerund gets in the papers sometimes! Well that’s no surprise, we put on a quality show every Monday and deserve to have people writing about our writing! Check out Victor Infante’s T&G Review from last Monday’s Double Blast of Good! Let’s keep the sweet momentum going!

POETRY FEATURE: JAMILA WOODS is a poet, playwright and teaching artist who sings in elevators and talks to birds in public. She has competed in several collegiate and national competitions, most recently repping Team Providence on finals stage at the 2011 National Poetry Slam in Boston, MA. She is the two-time champion of Chicago’s Louder Than A Bomb College Poetry Slam, and was also awarded the title of “Best Female Poet” at CUPSI in 2009. Apart from slam, Jamila is a recurring featured poet in Chicago’s Encyclopedia Show, and a teaching artist for high school students. Her first book of poetry, entitled The Truth About Dolls was recently released on New School Poetics Press. You can find out about that and more at Jamila is also an accomplished musician, who’ll be performing with her band MILO & OTIS as a part of her feature. OWEN HILL, the other member of the group and bass player will also be in the house.

MUSICAL GUEST: THE DUBBER plus SILDAG – Hey if the Featured Poet can bring a band, then we see no reason why the musical guest can’t bring a traveling poet in tow! GET GENRE BENT this Monday with THE DUBBER, who returns, accompanied by South Carolina Poet, JON “SILDAG” STARINO – Several months ago, THE DUBBER rocked us with an amazing set, in the tradition of the Mississippi Delta Bluesmen, confronting the world with his words and guitar, this self taught singer/songwriter infuses America’s Rock, Jazz and Funk along with some Reggae, Middle Eastern and Afro Beat flavoring to express his blues and complete his distinctive sound. Which he has officially dubbed New World Music. Since 2005, the Washington DC born/Columbia SC based artist has trail blazed through the U.S. with honest and intimate live stage performances. Looking forward to what these two stalwart roads-men will bring to our stage! to hear more!

BONUS RUCKUS: “THE LAZY DAYS OF SUMMER” LAZY CHALLENGE! – Too. Hot…. to ….. type… uhm…. think. Well not really. I’m exercising my right as an entitled arts activist to sit in an air conditioned coffee shop to do my typey typing. But Monday Nighs can run a bit long. So long in fact, that sometimes we’d like to end the show so that we may once again get hydrated. This Monday’s Show is gonna be HOT! (don’t care what the weather forecast is), so we’re going to end our show lazy! What’s lazier than haikus? That’s right, nothing! Bring your best, funniest, most provocative haiku about summer, summertime laziness, and win a drink on us! So… lazy….

ADAM CASTEN, DERRICK MEADE AND MARTIN GOHARY have been rocking the jazzy imporv funk the past few weeks! We expect more to come! EMILEE MORREALE has rocked a back to back amazing snacks, anyone want to give her a week off? Write her at by Sunday to Volunteer and have your praises sung! CHICKEN & YOSH are wondering why I didn’t say YOSH & CHICKEN! Serves them right, not really, but they’ll serve you right all night with tasty food and beverage! Visual Artist TBA! (NICOLE ZAJON rocked it last week!) Anything else? Uhm. NICK LIKES YOU (don’t tell him I told you!) (Photo by KYLE GANSON)!


So much summer fun!

We’ll leave you with some amazing words from one of our amazing features!

Monday! June 18th! Double Feature Hall of FAME! LAUREN ZUNIGA from OKC plus! ERICH HAYGUN from Vancouver! Plus! We totally dare you to heckle this! Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 15, 2012 by dirtygerund





LAUREN ZUNIGA, is a nationally touring poet/teaching artist/activist. In 2010, she challenged the Oklahoma legislature with an evocative video poem that received national attention and made the governor cry. Along with stunning hate mail, she was nominated for State Poet Laureate, performed at the prestigious TEDx conference and has since shared stages with top business leaders, state officials and rock stars. Zuniga is the one of the top 5 ranked female poets in the world, the 2012 Activist-in-Residence for the Center for Social Justice at the University of Oklahoma,  and the founder of Oklahoma Young Writers. She is on the State Arts Council Touring Roster. Since 2009, she has toured from Canada to New York to Texas offering a fresh style of strong imagery and inspiring passion. Her work has been featured on, Daily Kos, Crooks and Liars, Being Liberal, RH Reality Check, On the Issues Magazine, Muzzle magazine, The Good Things About America Anthology as well as XM radio and two independent films. She was one of seven winners chosen for Write Bloody’s 2011 open submission competition for her second poetry collection, The Smell of Good Mud.  She currently lives with her two kids in an artist collective named Clementine where they experiement with weird things like kombucha and cooperation. Check out

ERICH HAYGUN – Three time feature at the Dirty Gerund! (record breaking) Erich is a writer, performer, facilitator and performance art rap spoken noise musician. He has performed in clubs, theaters, and abandoned zoo cages all over North America and represented Providence, RI, Boston, MA and Vancouver, BC at international poetry slam competitions. A volunteer outreach speaker for The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, as well as a freelance live audiovisual road dog for rock bands, theater productions and the losingest team in basketball history, The Washington Generals, Haygun has also realized several books and albums by way of The Whitehaus Family Record, a DIY performance venue, record label and hippie commune in his hometown, Boston, MA. He has no idea where he’ll be living by the time you read this.


BONUS RUCKUS: SAM’s “HECKLE SLAM” Challenge! DG Favorite Sam C is leaving soon and we are sad at this. So sad, we want to heckle the heck outta him while he tries to read a poem. We can’t have anarchy going, but we can do the almost best thing this Monday. Sign up to read a poem, one person will be assigned to heckle you. This person must also be willing to read a poem and get heckled right back. This will be done in random paired teams with no prep time. The best pair will win an awesome shared prize. We need even teams. Capping it at 3 teams. 6 poet hecklers! What the heck? The audience will decide not only how well the poetry survived the heckling, but also how heckafied this heckling got! Got it?

WE’RE LOOKING TO START THIS BONANZA OF AWESOME A BIT EARLY! Please be ready and signed up and READY to go at 9:15pm! Snacks and Visual Arts TBA! Yosh and Chicken. House band. Nick something or other. Can you tell it’s friday afternoon?

We’ll leave you with awesome words from one of our features!

Monday June 11th, Dirty Gerund! Meet your maker… again! Featuring RUSHELLE FRAZIER! Musical Guest MATT FOX! Plus! The “Thank Rush, We All Hang HERE!” Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 11, 2012 by dirtygerund

Local stars shine at the DG sometimes, even when those local stars travel a ways to be here! Meet the person who though it was a good idea to have poetry at Ralphs!

FEATURE: RUSHELLE FRAZIER has been devoted to poetry, both page and stage, for the better part of the last decade. Rushelle is a member of the 2002 Worcester Adult Slam Team, co-coach of the 2004 Worcester Youth Slam Team and the 2010 Savannah Youth Slam Team. Rushelle was voted Best Female Poet at the 2006 Savannah Spoken Word Festival. She’s given readings and workshops at various schools and colleges across the East coast. Rushelle is the FOUDNER of the Dirty Gerund Poetry show in Worcester, Ma as well as the founder of Tongue! Open Mouth and Music Show in Savannah, Ga. She is co-founder of The Ladyface Players, a women’s performance troupe. In the summer of 2010, she put out her fifth chapbook, Last Mix Tape. In 2011, she through-hiked (minus 200 miles) the Appalachian Trail. Currently, Rushelle lives in Tennessee with her partner, Jason, and her dog, Gabby. Let’s welcome her back with gasps of glee!

MUSICAL GUEST: No stranger to our stage, (upon special request from our feature), MATT FOX feature again, after almost a year away from our shiny faces. This local acoustic music man’s got a great aesthetic. He can kick it with only 5 strings, got involved with music to get a girl friend back when he was 15 and has been getting mad universal love back ever since. Probably more comfortable playing around a camp-fire, Woody Guthrie style, we’ll do the best we can to make the smores tasty under our roof at Ralph’s. Check out video and music over at

BONUS RUCKUS: The “AREN’T YOU GLAD WE HANG HERE ON MONDAYS” TRIBUTE CHALLENGE! Curator NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS is super thankful our friend RUSHELLE FRAZIER is back in town visiting, he’s also super thankful that she passed on the superb idea of mixing poetry with our favorite watering hole. He’s so thankful in fact, that he wants to write tribute “Rushelle, you’re awesome!” poems to celebrate our ruckusy inheritance. He’s a bit corny, but is willing to put his tribute poem up against yours this Monday, with a prize on the line. Bring us a poem, thanking Rushelle, showering praise on Rushelle, or hell, just tell her she’s pretty! You can even pen a haiku about the great poems she’ll be reading on Monday and win!

Dirty Gerund Duct Tape Ensemble blew minds away with ADAM CASTEN & MARTIN GOHARY re-joining the mix! YOSH & CHICKEN are filling a big pint glass of “get over it” for all you Celtic Game 7 mopers! SNACKS & VISUAL ARTS round our what is sure to be a dynamite night of welcoming our benevolent founder back! Ruckus, get some!

Monday, June 4th! DG Cowboy’s Up w/ MATTHEW HOPEWELL! Musical Guest: THE DENVER BOOT! Plus! IRON POET QUALIFIER! “ZAJON vs. MORRILL!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 1, 2012 by dirtygerund

FEATURED POET: MATTHEW HOPEWELL aka “COWBOY MATT” is zinging two feature sets of meta-poetry this Monday at the Gerund! Ya’ll know Cowboy! If you don’t, he’s a local legend and West Boylston Renaissance Hero! He runs the little “a” poetry reading that happens every thursday at 97D Webster Street in Worcester. He’s an accomplished musician, releasing his bluesy rock on He’s a Worcester Magazine Awards Winning Poet. He currently serves as Program Director for the Worcester County Poetry Association. He used to sling coffee at all of Worcester’s indiest coffee houses! He’s a proud papa and champion of all who have facial hair! He’s self released Zappa-esque Chapbooks and has put himself in the Road Runners Shoe’s! He puts the mad in Mad-Cap and he’s promised us a few surprises this Monday! And he’s damned handsome!

MUSICAL GUEST: THE DENVER BOOT – Moody Folk Music with a touch of country picking, and hold the phony accent. Denver Boot was founded Early 2010 by Singer & Songwriter William J Moretti. It currently includes Amato Zinno, Kate Conroy, & John Marlowe. The group has gone through line up changes since it began but William will always persevere with the option of playing intimate solo shows. Spring 2012 will bring about their debut record “6 to 9, 7… 12″ release. They’ve been fortunate to share the stage with these great acts: Slim Cessna Auto Club, Gringo Star, Three Bad Jacks, Larry and His Flask, The Migrant, Lac la Belle, Alec K. Redfearn and The Eyesores, The Loom, The Keys, Brown Bird Ruby Relic, Orion Rigel Dommisse, Filthy Still, Husky Burnette, Owen Mays, Skinny Millionaires, The Wrong Reasons, Barn Burning, and Vudu Sister. Check them out at!

BONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET QUALIFIER: “ZAJON vs. MORRILL” – Champion JENN MAHON has retired as champion! Exciting professional commitments have taken her out of the area, leaving a void that must be filled! Curator NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS has taken the reigns and has called for an interim championship tournament. The first two poet paired up to take a shot at the interim title belt (yes, he’s a wrastlin’ fan, there will be a belt) are none other than plucky poet upstart NICOLE ZAJON. Nick’s decided not to make it easy on her, as she has to face our very first Iron Poet Champion, JACKIE MORRILL who’s now back in the area after earning her MFA at Sarah Lawrence College! May the best woman win this Monday as these two great voices duke it out, composing original haiku and poems, incorporating a secret ingredient, known only to our Chairman and Barman, YOSH SHARTIN!

Ex-DG Music Director SHANE HALL has just released his long anticipate TICKLE BOMB ORCHESTRA ALBUM, Peasants & Kings! It is AMAZERS and you need to get yours on-line HERE! DUCT TAPE ENSEMBLE anticipates the return of keyboardist MARTIN GOHARY, burgers and beers this Monday! Visual Artist and Snacks TBA! Thanks to all that made last Monday’s Memorial Day Show snap, crackle and pop rocks! Damian? Where you at? More incredible photos by KYLE MARSHALL are up and at them at the DIRTY GERUND Page on FACEBOOK. Have you liked us yet? Do you like us? It would be nice if you liked us! We’ll settle for like, like right now! Nick misses you or something.

Monday! May 28th! Memorial Day Madness w/ local word provocateur ASLAN KING! Musical Guest: KIRSTEN LAMB from Boston’s SPIDER CIDER! Plus! The “Sarah St. George’s Baby Shower” Haiku Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 25, 2012 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: Local poet, rapper, punk rocker and general mayhem word provocateur ASLAN KING‘s music and poetry can be found local upstart indie label He’s been raising roofs, turning heads and scaring one or two fuddy duddies with his work for several years now. Whether it’s exploring the dark side of GG Alin, swapping real life stories of Worcester’s forgotten, or delving deep into his own history, Aslan pulls few punches and brings an intense earnestness to his work. Teacher, dad, adventurer, scrabble puncher, he’s collaborated with local music producer TORBIN HARDING, releasing the Hip Hop L.P. album Real, Punk Rock E.P., Ameriking. His first book, Anticipating Nothing, released in 2009. You can anticipate more than that this Monday at his first Dirty Gerund Feature!

MUSICAL GUEST: KIRSTEN LAMB. Born into a musical family in northern New Jersey, Kirsten Lamb grew up surrounded by a wide variety of music and musicians. A multi-instrumentalist from an early age, Kirsten played piano, violin, and guitar before starting to learn the upright bass at age thirteen. She quickly shifted focus to the bass because its versatility was a good fit for her growing curiosity for different styles of music. Kirsten continued her studies of the upright bass at the Oberlin Conservatory in Oberlin, OH under the tutelage of Thomas Sperl, of the Cleveland Orchestra, and Peter Dominguez, Professor of Jazz Studies and Double Bass. While at Oberlin, Kirsten was encouraged to begin singing while playing upright bass, which lead to the development of her unique style of solo performance with voice and upright bass accompaniment. After graduating from Oberlin in 2009, Kirsten moved to Boston, Massachusetts. She regularly performs on upright bass, banjo, viola da gamba, and voice with many local groups, as well as a solo artist. Check out more about all her projects at!

BONUS RUCKUS: The “Sarah St. George’s Baby Shower” Haiku Challenge! One of our favorite open mic regulars SARAH ST. GEORGE is joining the ranks of bad-ass moms very soon and we want to throw her a baby shower! She’s about ready to pop and probably shouldn’t be attending our chicanery so close to due date (wink), but we’ve talked her into attending at least one more Gerund before producing a future gerunder. We did this because we want to wish her the best and heap praise and wonderful words, and hmmm… maybe a few baby name suggestions. So here’s the scoop. Write a haiku, suggesting baby names, bring an original poem that you think a prospective mom should here, sign up and get her laughing this Monday Night! She’s got an awesomely warped sense of humor (for those who regularly enjoy her work), so the more irreverent, the better! Also, if you want to bring down some baby presents, we would not mind at all!

Do not confuse the Duct Tape Band with any kind of mid-wife-ery! YOSH & CHICKEN will bring your next burger into this world! NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS desperately wants more audience to cuddle! Many Thanks to KYLE MARSHALL for his expert photographs that make it look like we kinda know what we’re doing! Thanks sooooooo much NICOLE ZAJON, for the brilliant bacon wrapped snacks this past Monday, what will we see this week? Visual Artist, the ever populat TBA (man, one of these day’s, I’m gonna beg AARON WHITE to give me a shot at that auction money!). Open Mic, Wonderfulness and perhaps an all day lay in the sun, night cap with as many of you as possible this Memorial Day! Heck, my first poem was about Memorial Day, 5th Grade Teacher made me write it! Maybe I’ll dig it up and share it this Monday! Bam! Why does it feel like… somebody’s watching meeeee!


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