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!

Monday! May 21st! From New York, Professional “Nerd” JAIME MARTIN! Musical Guest: FIERCE URGENCY OF NOW from Boston! Plus! PAULIE LIPMAN’s “Nerd” Haiku Quiz Show!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 21, 2012 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: JAIME MARTIN is a writer, performer, comic artist, and professional nerd. He has been a featured performer at the New York Comic Con and The Bowery Poerty Club. His work has been published in the journals The Legendary, Borderline, Calliope Nerve, and a upcoming Winter issue of The Stray Branch. He was the co-host of the infamous Nerd Slam at the 2009 Individual World Poetry Slam in Berkeley, California. He was most recently a member of the 2011 LoserSlam team out of Long Branch, New Jersey at the 2011 National Poetry Slam. He has studied several martial arts and likes to tell inappropriate jokes in mixed company. He is probably at this moment looking for a better job than the one he currently has (please help him, he is awkward). He like firm hugs and pie, please feel free to give him either or both next time you see him. He currently lives in New York City and wishes they would bring Firefly back.

MUSICAL GUEST: THE FIERCE URGENCY OF NOW – Emotionally stirring yet composed, The Fierce Urgency of Now uses music to tell tales of joy and sorrow. Lifting its name from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic I Have A Dream, The Fierce Urgency of Now dissects its surroundings through story-like songs. The duo balances calm, acoustic melodies with post-hardcore sensibilities to craft music that is equally progressive and diverse. The Fierce Urgency, for short, consists of guitarist and lead singer Corey Sherman and guitarist/singer Dan Quaresma. Growing up in Rhode Island, the duo played together in a number of outfits before finally forming The Fierce Urgency of Now while attending college in Boston. In 2008, Sherman and Quaresma decided that they wanted to take their music in a new direction, abandoning the pop-punk sound they grew up with in favor of a more mature sound. Check out their sounds at

BONUS RUCKUS: PAULIE LIPMAN’s “ARE YOU NERD ENOUGH” Haiku Quiz Show Challenge! Our resident “Kevin Smith School of Knowing Stuff you Don’t Know About” Word Master PAULIE LIPMAN is testing your knowledge about all things OTHER this Monday Night at the Gerund. In honor of our special guest nerd poet, he’s going to whip up 10 original haiku’s dealing with super heroes, sci fi, fantasy, role play etc. You’re going to sign up and try your luck. First to three correct answers gets you a comic book, or some other kind of nerdy prize!

Duct Tape Band cares only for tasty grooves! Snacks & Visual Artist TBD! Yosh & Chicken will keep one eye on game 5 and the other on your drink or burger order. Check out the new amazing documentation that we exist, thanks to a new poster designed by JESSICA LOVINA O’NEIL! Poetry is nerdy in a cool way. NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS thinks he’s a nerd, but we all know better. Bring your nerdy self down this Monday and awkwardly interact with the others! NERDS!!!!!


Inspired by the biggest nerd of all time…. after a crazy night at our show that is!


Monday May 14th! Our Very Own LIZ SWENSON feautres! Musical Guest LA Based indie art rapper ADDER! Plus! The “Ooops, I forgot Mom’s Day” Bastard Haiku Excuse Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 11, 2012 by dirtygerund

Mondays gettin kinda craZeeeeee!

POETRY FEATURE: LIZ SWENSON reads with both childlike wisdom and ageless experience at the same time. She is a faerie. When she reads it makes the little hairs on the back of your neck stand up, as well as the little part of the back of your head tingle.”- Greg McKillop, aka Speaker for the Dead – 

Some of the best people live right around here! At the Dirty Gerund we don’t always have to import! This Monday, our own LIZ SWENSON will be doing her first featured reading for us and we couldn’t be prouder.  She spends her days as a child and family therapist in Southern Worcester County. Born in Amsterdam NY, she moved to Worcester 10 years ago. Always a writer of things, a dabbler in poetry at different points in her life, she’s been writing & performing poetry regularly for a little over 2 years, making splashes in all the local readings, especially our fair little variety show where’s she’s been crowned “word ninja” on more than one occasion. Over the past 6 months, she has also become a community activist. She was not exactly intending for this to happen, but she’s pretty sure poetry is at least partially to blame for making her think her voice could help make a difference. She’s started a free school that runs two monthly workshops on social justice issues, and community interest issues (e-mail for more info). It has led to her getting people together to come and talk about important issues, and facilitating things far too often. It has led to meeting and getting to know even more great people around Worcester and a few other places. A fine poet, a finer person and just the type of voice we’re proud to celebrate week in and week out at the Gerund. Expect 2 full sets of awesome this Monday!

MUSICAL GUEST: ADDER is a Los Angeles, California Based Artist on a national tour. In his own words: “Hip hop rooted in the DIY guts of punk rock culture. Many hip hop live shows can come off looking like a karaoke jam. My shows are based on musicianship, word play, philosophy and an ideology grown from the top of mycelium. Sometimes I get to busy trying to operate multiple machines at once, but that’s fun and challenging to me and I love it. I could easily write this in third person, but I think that makes for a lame Bio. Caught somewhere in between the ‘beat scene’ and spoken word poetry I’m not interested in committing to a genre. I’m not trying to break a mold, I’m trying to reshape the one’s I’ve grown to love.I’m a pianist, an emcee, a sample based producer as well as acoustic engineer. To put it complicated my music is psychedelic socio-philosophy. To put it simply, it’s art rap that’ll move your neck.” Check out music, tour dates, etc at

BONUS RUCKUS: The “Ooooops I forgot Mother’s Day” Bastard Excuse Haiku Challenge! Ya. You missed it. You hungover, self absorbed, narcissistic douche bag. The woman who gave you life, christmas socks and $20 when you were low on gas only asks for a phone call, or a card, or a brunch. We understand (not really, we hang with our mom’s on mothers day) but we are accepting souls at the DG, and wish to offer you the opportunity to excuse yourself with a haiku. Your haiku can be an overdue apology, an IOU promising future recompense or the “mother” of all excuses, an excuse that only an enabling mom could accept. The biggest doozie gets a prize, even though you don’t deserve one. Honestly call your moms ya’ll!

DUCT TAPE BAND got the local florists on lock! YOSH & CHICKEN will refrain from “yo mama” jokes for one night only! Snack Time may not come from a mom, but you’ll feel the same sorta love anyways. Visual Artist TBA (hoping something special comes through the pipe line). JESSICA LOVINA is almost done with our new add campaign, compliments of the Worcester Arts Council! NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS is mother hen for all and misses you even more than he can express. I’m alright. All is swell in DG land. Come play!

Monday! May7th! Portlan Maine Poetry Slam Champion RYAN McLELLAN on tour! Musical Guest JARED GOING! Plus!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 7, 2012 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE – You may remember Ryan as part of the Mission of Zod Tour back in fall of ’09! RYAN McLELLAN is a Buffler Fellow, teacher, nationally-touring poet and singer/songwriter from Waltham, Massachusetts. The author of four collections of poetry and the spoken word album, “Last-Second Changes to the Set List”, since graduating from Plymouth State University in 2006 his work has appeared in over 40 publications, in journals such as “Bird’s Eye reView”, “Concise Delight”, “Cosmopolitan Review”, “Lower East Side Review” and “OVS Magazine”, as well as the anthologies “Chopin With Cherries: A Tribute in Verse”, “Safe Harbor: Volume II” and the “2010 Poets’ Guide to New Hampshire”. He is a three-time recipient of the Esther Buffler Poetry-In-Schools Fellowship and has facilitated writing workshops around the country in classrooms, coffeeshops, colleges, rehab centers and prisons. He is a member of the touring group Uncomfortable Laughter, the writing group Blood on the Floor, and runs the Poetry-On-Tap weekly reading at Mama’s Crowbar in Portland, ME. He has performed with the likes of Jack McCarthy, Jeanann Verlee, Joe Buck (Hank III), Gang Green, The FU’s, Evan Dando, Theresa Davis, Ryk McIntyre and Andi Kauth. In 2011, he finished 4th out of over 40 competitors at the Arkansas Grand Slam; he is also a veteran and semi-finalist at the National Poetry Slam and placed in the top 30 at the 2011 Individual World Poetry Slam. His first full-length collection, “Plenty of Blood to Spare” will be released by Sargent Press in April 2012. He currently resides in Portland, Maine and teaches in Dover, New Hampshire. This punk rocker poet never disappoints so come on down and check the heat!

MUSICAL GUEST: JARED GOING is a solo Folk/Acoustic Act from Worcester, Ma. He has been writing music for years and been playing around Worcester every once in a blue moon for just as long. Jared is currently in the works of recording his first full length Album and will be releasing it and playing shows more often this summer. Seriously, there is no photo available. It’s not that we didn’t want to post one. It’s literally not available to this earnest, erstwhile bloggy blogger.

BONUS RUCKUS: Return of the “ARE YOU LISTENING” CHALLENGE! We’re bringing back this old game in which we check in with you listening audience types and reward those who actually pay more attention to the show than the drink in front of them. We will take notes and create a series of questions about the poetry going on that evening. We’ll select three to play. First to get three questions correct, will win a snazzy prize! It might even be as simple as us buying your next beverage! Listen! Then Play!

DG Duct Tape Band (and most of the rest of us) anticipate the return of a slightly older, wiser, sagier YOSH SHARTIN on taps! Chicken can only remember what absolute power feels like. Snack Time? Visual Artist? Don’t know, but we expect a tasty, artistically gifted open mic this Monday! Nick and I will be buzzing from accepting our second WoMag “Best of” Award. We may even be dressed nicer than normal! Either way, we’ll bring the award with us so ya’ll can take a gander!

Monday! April 30th! Chicago phenom EMILY ROSE! Musical Guest TEXTBOOK CO-PILOT! IRON POET CHAMPIONSHIP!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 27, 2012 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: EMILY ROSE- Emily Rose is a Chicago-born and raised poet, performer and host of many things. An active organizer in her community, she is currently a Real Talk Avenue Artist, co-SlamMaster and host of the Mental Graffiti Poetry Slam, Jilted Emily Rose at The Encyclopedia Show, Tournament Director for Louder Than a Bomb, member of the 2010 & 2011 Mental Graffiti Slam Teams, a board member for Chicago Slam Works, chair of poetry for the Bucktown Arts Festival, and much much more. Her first chapbook, Cigarette Love Songs and Nicotine Kisses (Cross+Roads Press), was published in 2004. Her work has appeared in After HoursTimeOut Chicago and more. Emily Rose probably already likes you.

MUSICAL GUEST: TEXBOOK CO-PILOT- These recently re-formed Boston rockers are mysterious. But I have found the lair where they keep all their delicious musical treats 

If you want a visual to go with their awesome, Greg McKillup approved, sonic goodness you are just going to have to haul yourself down to Ralph’s on Monday. And with an already killer line up of badassedness, you don’t really need much more motivation. But, just in case you do, we’ve got a BONUS RUCKUS worthy of only the Gods themselves



Can our current champion DR. JENN MAHON hold on to her title? We shall see as she goes head to head with ASLAN KING in what promises to be a throwdown of epic proportions ! 3 rounds, 3 poems, 3 judges, 3 criteria. One secret ingredient from our Chairman Yosh Shartin! Battle ? BEGIN!

DUCT TAPE BAND in full effect. YOSH and CHICKEN slingin’ da booze. Snacks and visual art a-plenty. This has been PAULIE LIPMAN (yet again chained to chair with only Monster and cigarettes) reporting for Alex, Nic, and the rest of the Dirty Gerund crew. See you Monday!


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