Monday, Sept 3rd! JON WOLF SCHOOLS YOU! Musical Guest: EVELYN SIKES! Plus! “Labor Days” Proletariet Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 1, 2012 by dirtygerund

In true work-man-like fashion. This will be efficient… or lazy…. depending on who you ask!

LABOR DAZE!!!!! At the Gerund
POETRY FEATURE: JONATHAN WOLF is a hard working man! The computer whiz behind the hacker space at 97D Webster is an accomplished performance poet, even if he don’t act like it every monday night! Member/coach of a few Worcester Poetry Slam Teams, Jonathan spins words like birds around kites (see what I did?!) and is always down for a push beyond the envelope. Few cover other poets with as much intensity and excellent taste as Wolf! Few weave math and universe and physics and quazzars n shit into punch size morsels like Wolf! Jonathan doesn’t always read at the Gerund or in Worcester, or anywhere for that matter, but it’s because he doesn’t have to! His legend is chiseled in Worcester Spoken Word Folklore and it takes quite the ruckus to force him outta trolling the inter-webs and beyond. You, good gerunders, are welcome! As in, you’ll thank us. Ferreal!

MUSICAL GUEST: EVELYN SIKES – From the hard working streets of Pittsburgh PA, comes this traveller who plays outlaw country and outlaw folk songs in a punk way to cities in her beat up pickup truck! Woot! Check out the following lyrics from the project, The Committee for Getting Attention, sit down. i’m gonna say this once more. i’m gonna burn some bridges tonight. so which side of the river do ya wanna be on when i set fire to this whole estate? i’m so sick of whining all the time. i’m so sick of waltzing on a dime. i’m so sick of movin on this stationary bike. i dunno and i don’t care why we try. alright, you bring the kerosine. you know for sure i’ve got the light”

“I’m so sick of making lemonade outta lime!” – Damn!

BONUS RUCKUS: Nick’s “LABOR DAZE” Haiku Guess Challenge – NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS tries hard at saying he’s gonna work hard. Here’s the challenge! He’s gonna write haiku’s about jobs. You buzz in and guess the job. Earn 3 correct answers and see the frothy prize you shall win! Same as last year, but Nick’s working in categories, “White Collar” – “Minimum Wage” and “Miscellaneous…” There categories may be weighted by difficulty. Or not. Don’t ask me, I just “work” here.

Duct Tape Band Works Hard at backing you up on that open mic! AARON WHITE & MATTY HUGHES are BOTH celebrating birthdays this week! Go VISUAL ARTS! AARON will be providing the paint this week, so bring money, cause you know it’s gonna rock! EMILEE MORREALE is scheming on topping her chocolate covered bacon last week. If anyone can do it…. YOSH & CHICKEN like jerky and plenty of it bro! QUITE BEING A JERKY AND COME DOWN TO ART AND P(ART)Y with us this Monday!

Monday! August 27th-DG Updated! SHANE HALL FEATURES! Musical Guest: DAVID REDBRANCH! Bonus Ruckus: Nick’s “Box of Doom” Reading Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 25, 2012 by dirtygerund

(Editors Note: Featured Poet JILL BATTSON from Ontario was forced to postpone her tour. We will try to get her back in September! Meanwhile, we got you…”

POETRY FEATURE – Whatever this man does, it’s poetic, whether ripping tunes with Ticklebomb, waxing bananarachist cook books, , growing newsworthy beards or nerdcore epic rap battling, SHANE HALL is a local artistic force to be reckoned with and ya’ll are gonna have to reckon with two sets this Monday!  – LAST TWO TWEETS!  In my heart I am making out with the world right now. All of you don’t deny this it feels right…” “So rap ain’t paying the bills yet but it’s put food on my belly for a week and a half now. #raplife #withaporpoise #dolphinballz”!!!! Ballz indeed!

MUSICAL GUEST: DAVID REDBRANCH is the most important songwriter to come out of his bedroom in many decades. A Brooklyn based singer/songwriter whose style of Americana is sure to get the heart singing and the feet movin’ and a’tapping. For a sneaky peek of the awesome, go clicky here


BONUS RUCKUS: Nick’s “BOX OF DOOM” Challenge – we’re stealing this popular National Poetry Slam Event, and spinning it Nick Style! He’s culling together awful, I mean just awful penned lyrics and poems. Your job? Reach into the box (box? bag… might be Nick’s pocket….) After you choose a (gulp) piece of writing, you’ve got a few minutes to read it over, and then perform it with all the seriousness you can muster. Best performance gets a frosty prize on us!

Snacks! Bonus Ruckus! Backing Band! Live Art Auction! Yosh and Chicken slinging the booze and da burgers that keep you a’coming on back! And, of course, all the other lovely type craziness you’ve come to expect, demand, and love about DG will be in full effect. You should be there. No, really. Seriously. You should. (Many thanks to Paulie Lipman for throwing together this post while I was away in New York for cousin’s wedding! Boom!

Monday! August 20th – DG welcomes JANE CASSADY on new book tour! Musical Guest: SHANE HALL! Plus IRON POET QUALIFIER!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 17, 2012 by dirtygerund

Get Psyched!

POETRY FEATURE: JANE CASSADY probably wants to hug you. She writes “Poetic License Horoscopes” for Sibling Rivalry Press, The Legendary, and Critical Mass, the Philadelphia City Paper’s arts and culture blog. Her poems “In 1992,” “Almost Immediately,” “It Got Better” and “For the Comfort of Automated Phrases” can be heard on Indiefeed: Performance Poetry. She has been featured in decomP, The Ballard Street Poetry Journal, Lavender Review, and other journals. She has performed at such venues as LouderArts in New York City, Valley Contemporary Poets in Los Angeles, and The Encyclopedia Show in Chicago. She also writes a blog about happiness, love, and pop-culture called The Serotonin Factory.” This snazzy lady ran a great reading in Syracuse and has been a huge poetry supported or mine for a long time! Let’s make her feel super welcome in Worcester!!!!

MUSICAL GUEST: SHANE HALL – we APPLAUD corporate america this week for kicking our hero to the unemployment curb! We finally get to see our former DG Music Director, Ticklebomb Leader, favorite NerdCore Rap Star and all around resident Bananarchist cut loose with some music, busking it out like the rest of us! Maybe Shane wanted to keep the 9 to 5 for now, but we hate casual fridays! We like formally kick-ass Mondays! and this is just the musical guest to make us dance our way to economic recovery! By the way, my man’s got THE ALBUM of the YEAR OUT NOW! DIG IT HERE. At least ACT like you know!

This could be a battle of ex-youth poetry slam all-stars (still working out the details) as recent feature and word blazer ERIC DEVENNEY takes on the challenge of poetry kitchen stadium for a shot at YUNUS’ championship title! 3 rounds, 3 poetry presentations, 2 competitors, 3 categories, 3 judges and one diabolical secret ingredient brought to us by Chairman YOSH SHARTIN!

Snacks! Visual Arts! Backing Band and the return (we hope) of your sickly curator NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS! You should maybe take a break from being lame and come down for this! The Campaign to elect YOSH & CHICKEN approve this message!



Monday Aug 13th! BEAU WILLIAMS returns to the DG! Musical Guest: JUDAS BROOKS! Plus PROSE CUDDLE CHALLENGE #3!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 12, 2012 by dirtygerund

Last Monday was ridiculously awesome. We see no reason why this Monday can’t be the same! We want you, we need you, we… (insert further sweet enticements here).

POETRY FEATURE: A return visit from none other than 2010, 2011 & 2012 Manchester Slam Free of Die Poetry Slam Team Member & current Portland Maine Resident, BEAU WILLIAMS – born in a hospital room because Wal-Mart was further away, Beau runs a successful poetry venue in Newmarket, NH called Zion Hill Poetry Night at the Stone Church. One day, while sifting through sand on a beach in North Truro Mass, he found a dirty broken object. It was poetry. He now sleeps with it under his arm every night. Beau’s toured the country with the “Uncomfortable Laughter” Ensemble! Excellent words, sentiments and posture are sure to ensue! “Beau Williams is a good, beautiful human being and writer. I would gladly always have him in my home.” –Michael Matthew McGee, National Individual and Team Slam Champion. Word has it he had an impressive showing at this years National Poetry Slam in Charlotte, North Carolina, he’ll be a little road weary but sure to share some amazing stories upon his anticipated return visit.

MUSICAL GUEST: alt-country indie folk rocker from Rhode Island, JUDAS BROOKS has been writing songs since he was 10. He left high school to travel the country, making music. After spending several fruitful years in Boulder, CO and Austin, TX, finally Judas married and ‘settled down’ in New England. He makes music and cultivates love with his wife Mary T.S. Brooks (who just so happens to be our amazing musical guest from last week!) Check out some tunes and get excited at

BONUS RUCKUS: PROSE CUDDLE SMACK-UP #3! Okay, this’ll be the third time doing this so I shouldn’t have to explain, but we got a lotta new folks at the show, so maybe I do. A rap battle pits two emcees against each other in a war of words, whoever throws down the most clever disses wins! We don’t care for putting people down at the Dirty Gerund. We don’t even need to rhyme out rhymes either. The PROSE CUDDLE is the exact opposite. Who can be the nicest? Who can step up to the mic and make their opponent feel fuzzy and warm? Rhyme it if you have to, but let it be known, you don’t have to. Just get up there and say great things to a beat! Winner gets a frosty prize on us! Boom! That’s nice!

Snack Time Queen EMILEE MORREALE wasn’t the only one cooking last week! ADAM, MARTIN & DERRICK have been bringing the jazzy funk to back up them poets! Visual Artist to be annouced! Verily YOSH & CHICKEN can’t wait! Not too much to say right now! This show’s gonna be good, so good, you’ll wish you weren’t at home playing internet games!

Monday! August 6th! ERIC DEVENNEY Comes of Age! Musical Guest: SISTER MARY from Rhode Island! Plus “The Bro-etry, Oh No-etry!” Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 2, 2012 by dirtygerund

So supremely super excited!

POETRY FEATURE: ERIC DEVENNEY – This Lexington native is celebrating his 21st birthday party by finally gaining entrance to THE SHOW! Eric Devenney burst onto the Worcester Youth Poetry Slam and Clark University Poetry Slam Scenes back in the fall 2009, spinning whimsically humorous, rhyming couplet zingers! Member of 2010 and 2011 Worcester Youth Teams (the second of which made semi finals) at the annual Brave New Voices Festival, he also started organizing events and clubs at Clark University, where he’s now a senior! A few workshops later, this youngster, made a left turn and started delving deep into metaphor and imagery to become one of the best kept secrets in New England right now! (Mainly cause he wasn’t old enough to get into most venues)! But all that changes this Monday! Eric’s gonna rock out proper with former mentors and new fans alike. He’s got a chapbook, a winning personality and word craft that’ll make you wish you didn’t binge so much when you were in school….

MUSICAL GUEST: SISTER MARY is the monicker used by Westerly Rhode Island Native, Indie Folk Songwriter-Songstress MARY T.S. BROOKS. Elegant lyrics, mixed with banjo, acoustic guitar and bewitching melodies will hook you this Monday! Currently in the midst of a seventeen date NorthEast Tour in support of debut album, “Nothing More, Nothing Less,” she’s making some time to swing through our spot to haunt the rafters with sweetly dark siren compositions! Get a listen and check out more at!

BONUS RUCKUS -The First Ever “Bro-Etry?, Oh No!-Etry!” Guessing Game Show! Maybe we’re paying ironic respect, or reaching out to our bro-dudes with an olive branch bong hit! But since we hear that college crowd might be coming out in droves to see our resident big man on campus perform poems this Monday, we thought we’d get a little Belushi wacky in homage to the bros! NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS & I will re-interpret classic poems by classic dude-bro’s, you buzz in and tell us who’s legacy we’re butchering with our slurred words and strategic “seriously” plants… no, seriously… dude…. bro…. seriously….  First to reach 3 correct guesses wins a frosty prize on us! Who will play buzzer?

Last week’s extended open mic was awesome! DUCT TAPE BAND‘s summer residency line-up may be coming to an end soon! Catch the hot fire while you can! YOSH & CHICKEN will be working that hot burger fire between witty remarks and drink orders! Visual artistry will most likely not involve baseball caps! Snack Time will beirut you under the table! So much innuendo! BRO! DO! NOT! MISS! THIS! SHOW! BraaaappPPPPPPP!

Monday July 30th! Canada Performance Poetry Duo “DEATH BY PEDESTRIAN!” Musical Guest: Boston Burlesque Poetess JOJO LAZAR Plus! Olympic Haiku Game Guess Show!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 27, 2012 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: DEATH BY PEDESTRIAN – Collectively these two touring Canadian Performance Poets, have been mucking things up in the Montreal and Vancouver poetry slams since 2007. Their work explodes theatrical and literary traditions. Producers ofOne-man spoken word play Pathos, Punchlines & Painkillers which has been performed in cities across the continent, founded the radical literary collective and micro press, Migratory Words. have produced a trilogy of collage poetry books are Graphic Love Body, O the Brief Eternity and Country of Big Nowhere. Edited Love Letters: from the Lives of Canadian Poets. Their work captures the mind at work, the soul in transit, the world on its constant brink. These two cats are on a mini US tour and are sure to spark your imaginations with wit, energy and performance chops!

MUSICAL GUEST: JOJO LAZAR’s mission in life is to be herself completely, and in doing so inspire others to break free from the chains of unnecessary judgments. Lazar is a performance artist known as “the burlesque poetess” and is an active tenor ukulele player in the circus band “Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys.”Lazar’s voice is unique and her writing of her young life is inspiring; it offers a reminder to live each day exactly as you are. (Moxie Magazine Interview) She rocks out on ukelele, performs often at Club Passim in Cambridge, and can even workshop your uke skills if you wanna!

Check out more at

BONUS RUCKUS: OLYMPIAD HAIKU QUIZ SHOW! We’re gonna brew up some original haikus about your favorite Olympic Events, guess right, be the first to guess right three times and win a drink on us! Go for the Gold! ~ WILLIAM THOMPSON FUNK EXPERIMENTS us as the House Band! Yosh and Chicken miss the 92′ Dream Team! Visual Arts and Snacks to be determined! This is gonna be a high flying international style show this Monday Night! You don’t need a map! Do you?

Performance Footage from our Musical Guest! Enjoy!

Monday! July 23rd! DIRTY GERUND sets the bar high w/ Boston Cantab Grand Slam Champ KEMI ALABI! Musical Guest: World Travelers LOBO MARINO! Plus! IRON POET CHAMPIONSHIPS!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 20, 2012 by dirtygerund

Things keep heating up in Dirty Gerund Land! This Monday promises to bring more amazing to our stage! Renaissance Sauce Style! POETRY FEATURE: KEMI ALABI is a writer and amateur political scientist living in Boston, MA. She facilitates workshops as president of Boston University’s Spoken Word Collective, Speak for Yourself, and performs her poetry in venues throughout New England. Most recently she is the current Boston Cantab Poetry Grand Slam Champion, Kemi will compete on the Cantab’s 2012 slam team at the National Poetry Slam this August in Charlotte North Carolina! First time performing in Worcester, this talent young rising star’s performing in our town for the first time, so let’s welcome her and her words!

MUSICAL GUEST: LOBO MARINO is the musical response to the travels and ongoing spiritual journey of members JAMESON PRICE and LANEY SULLIVAN.  During a year long trip in South America, Price and Sullivan encountered one of their many spirit guides, the enormous Pacific Sea Lion, also known as “el lobo marino”.The first album “keep your head up” was written on that first sojourn.  The group’s second album “The Reincarnation EP” was recorded in Richmond, VA in 2011.  It is a powerful and experimental musical composition with philosophical lyrics pondering ideas of industrialization, war, and home.   Since the release of “The Reincarnation EP”, Price and Sullivan have been mostly on the road, both playing music and just exploring. At the end of June 2012 Lobo Marino released their third album, “Kite Festival”, which was recorded in front of a live studio audience. It is a meditative musical reflection of their time in Puerto Rico, Spain and the Untied States. Check out more at

BONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET CHAMPIONSHIP: “QUDDUS vs. ZAJON!” That’s right! We’re scouring all the way to the end of the alphabet and them difficult highly prized Scrabble Tile Letters to bring you the first ever intercontinental Iron Poetry Championship! Current Champ DR. JEN MAHON does not live here anymore. She’s run off with our trophy and we need to replace the champ! NICOLE ZAJON & YUNUS QUDDUS have stepped up and won their prelims to earn a shot at the title! 3 new poetic concoctions based on chairman YOSH SHARTIN’s secret ingredient! 3 judges. 3 categories for scoring, one champion poet left standing! It’s gonna be a summer thrill ride worthy of popped corn!

NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS wants to informally mentor you… in a bar! Nick’s the current poet in residence at NICK’s BAR on Millbury Street in Worcester! This Saturday, your intrepid curator is gonna knock back a few and talk writing and poetry with anyone who wants to walk through that door. He calls it the CABERET POETS GROUP (just cause he can’t spell doesn’t mean he can’t write!). 3:30pm until you run outta beer money! Monday will see snacks, visual arts, live backing band music, the best in drinks and burgers, and of course some dancing may ensue! Viva la Monday Night Life!

Remember Music Videos! Me neither! Apparently our musical guests have produced a “video” to go along with their “song”! Outstanding!


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