Monday, Sept 24th! Double Barrel FEATURE Action from Portland, Oregon! JULIA GASKILL & STEPHEN MEADS perform!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 21, 2018 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE(S) – JULIA GASKILL is a writer and professional daydreamer hailing from Portland, Oregon. When she’s not reviewing books or working for Pencil Ink Productions, she can be found performing on the Portland Poetry Slam stage, exploring the Pacific Northwest, or walking your dog. Julia competed in IWPS and WOWPS in both 2016 and 2017, was the Portland Poetry Slam rep at WOWPS 2018, and competed in NPS 2017 in Denver, CO. Her work has been featured on FreezeRay PoetrySlam Find, Write About Now, Rising Phoenix Review, and Voicemail Poems. STEPHEN MEADS, originally a San Francisco Bay Area-based poet, has been living and performing in Portland for over six years. He has featured at slams all across the country, from Portland, Maine to Honolulu, Hawaii. Stephen stormed IWPS in 2013, 2014, 2017, and has competed in the National Poetry Slam five times with various teams. He has been featured on Drunk in a Midnight Choir, Slam Find, Write About Now, and Button Poetry, and he occasionally contributes to the web-site Nailed.

BONUS RUCKUS: PROMPT & CIRCUMSTANCE Challenge: You should already know by now! We bring a bag of objects, you sign up. Your object is BOTH your writing prompt AND the writing surface! Best performance wins a beverage on us!

This Saturday! DIRTY GERUND will be represented at this Saturday Night’s MIDNIGHT CABARET: The weirdest, most wonderful show in Worcester returns! As always, be prepared for a mystery mélange of the city’s most talented, offbeat and original artists, as well as our featured guests, Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys,! A “shhhhh, secret” representative from the Dirty Gerund will be performing that night at Nick’s Bar on Millbury! Sounds like a hot ticket!


Monday Sept 17th! JOHN F. QUINONEZ returns! Plus Holy! Hot! Sauce! Sonnet! Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 15, 2018 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: JOHN F. QUINONEZ is a Desert Flower & Current Resident of Boston, Educator, Direct Care Provider Community Events Coordinator, and poet.///// Truly just a Queer, Latinx Wild Thing on the Hunt for Candy almost Always.//// Has a handful of Poems in Maps for Teeth, Yellow Chair Review, Voicemail Poems, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, and Slamfind/// Has released several self-printed collections of Poetry to include” For//After-Forever, Probably” and as of September 2018 – “Suspended in Hot Salts”// Is trying their best not to talk too much about Rock and Roll or Fruit Bats, but Promises Nothing. John is releasing a brand new chapbook into the world and we’re lucky to be the first show where you can cop a copy!

BONUS RUCKUS: The annual “HOLY HOT SAUCE SONNET!!!” Challenge! Woah! It’s about to be hot in here! Performers will literally be spitting hot fire in the form of Shakespearean Sonnets (which we will provide) after downing a shot of habanero pepper sauce (which we will also supply) the performer who keeps their cool the best will win cash money prize!

Congrats to the first ever FEMS Poetry Slam Team, repping the gerund at the 2018 FEMININE EMPOWERMENT MOVEMENT POETRY SLAM FESTIVAL happening in Cambridge this October! Conrats to NARK, ADRIANA, STACY & GABRIELLE on bringing so much talent and heart to last week’s finals! See you at stART this Sunday? Best event of the year that’s not on a Monday!

Monday Sept 10th! Dirty Gerund Celebrates 9 years! Feature DEVIN DIVINE from Spokane, WA! Plus FEMS SLAM FINAL!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 6, 2018 by dirtygerund

Anniversary! That’s 9 years of faking, shaking, goodness saking and taking our own breaths away with incredible performances and art party madcappery! We usually pull out some stops with the anniversary… dang we been doing this for a long time, like what more could you want from us?

POETRY FEATURE: DEVIN DIVINE is a writer, comedian, and performer from Spokane, Washington. Former host of Spokane’s weekly poetry reading Broken Mic, as well as a member of Spokane’s 2015 & 2017 & 2018 National Poetry Slam Teams. She is one of the current slam masters and hosts of Spokane Poetry Slam. She laughs and writes her way through issues of trauma, addiction, mental health, and sexuality. She is the author of three self-published chapbooks ‘Feral Empathy,’ ‘Crying on the Toilet,’ and her most recent ‘Domestic & Fowl. She also writes and self-publishes a crime series called ‘Kiss the Messenger’ with partner and co-author Tony Russell. This fall she will be pursuing her MFA in Poetry at Eastern Washington University.

BONUS RUCKUS: FEMS FINAL POETRY SLAM – we will have the top 8 scoring poets from the two qualifier poetry slams we hosted this summer, to put together a team of 4 poets, who will represent our community at the 2nd annual FEMS POETRY SLAM TOURNAMENT taking place in Cambridge this October! Two rounds of poetic competition!

LUKAS THERIAN will be handling the visual arts! MARK LEIGHTON will lead the band! We will have a special snack. NOTE: to accommodate the poetry slam, we will be hosting a shortened open mic, welcome our guest feature for one set, and do our best to run on time. If you want to read in the open mic, please be at Ralph’s at 8pm to sign up. We will do our best, but cannot guarantee you a slot if you arrive late. If you’re so moved, you may bring us presents, even though we mostly want your presence. Get it? Good!

Monday, Sept 3rd, poet JEREMY RADIN from Los Angeles! Plus! The “Labor Day Factotum Jobbin Jobs” Hai-Clue Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 31, 2018 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEAUTURE: JEREMY RADIN is a poet, actor, and teacher. He’s appeared on several television shows including It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, CSI, ER, and Zoey 101, in films such as Terrence Malick’s The New World and Wrestlemaniac, and in many plays. His poems have appeared in Gulf Coast, Grist, SideKick Lit, Cosmonauts Avenue, Nailed, Sundog Lit, Union Station, Winter Tangerine, and elsewhere. He teaches acting at The Beverly Hills Playhouse. He is the author of two collections of poetry, Slow Dance with Sasquatch (Write Bloody Publishing) and Dear Sal (not a cult press). He lives in Los Angeles with his four plants and refrigerator. Follow him @germyradin

OUR job is to throw the best arts party this side of Interstate 495! (which side, you ask? Well if you have to ask…. Visual artist for this Monday (according to booker Nick, “this dishwasher from my work might do it”…) Everyone’s doing their job! work work work work work.

Monday August 27th! Comic LAURA CLARK from Boston! Plus! Prompt & Circumstance Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 24, 2018 by dirtygerund

FEATURED PERFORMER: LAURA CLARK is a stand-up comedian and writer living in Boston, MA. She directs, writes and performs with sketch team The Dowry, who were named ImprovBoston’s Outstanding Ensemble of 2010. She’s also a dog walker. Writer highlights include: Gorefest 9: Massacre General Hospital The Dowry Presents: Out on the Town, UnBadass: Pathetic Tales of Attempted Rebellion, Love Seasonally: The 10th Annual ImprovBoston Holiday Spectacular The Ruckus: We Work With Our Hands Stand-up highlights include: Boston Improv Festival, 2010-2011, Women in Comedy Festival, 2010-2011, North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival 2011, The GAS at Great Scott & The Comedy Studio. Laura featured on our stage a few years back and we’re psyched to welcome her back, closing our August with some yucks!

BONUS RUCKUS: PROMPT & CIRCUMSTANCE – we’ll take 4 or 5 competitors who are willing to accept our half time challenge! We give you an item which serves as your writing prompt (easy enough) but also your writing surface (not quite as easy)!

Join us out on the patio, weather permitting for poetry, music, live visual arts, snacks (we hope) open mic and fun!

Monday 8/20! 2nd OPEN QUALIFIER – FEMS SLAM – Rep Worcester at FEMS Festival this October!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 20, 2018 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: Second OPEN QUALIFYING POETRY SLAM for FEMININE EMPOWERMENT MOVEMENT NATIONAL FESTIVAL! FEMS is a community based, grassroots initiative that aims to be radically accessible. Radical accessibility looks like welcoming people of all ages, incomes, using venues that are wheelchair accessible, creating affinity space, using language that is gender inclusive and engaging with our community to make our spaces better. We aim to provide financial accommodations for any team that cannot afford the fees. As a grassroots initiative we rely on our community for support and hope that you will consider sponsoring a team today! This slam is being organized by queer femmes of color and accepting help lovingly from non-feminine people from the community. Check out the registration tab for volunteer and hosting forms.  Email us if you would like to be on our organizing team!

Who is this for? People who identify as feminine including but not limited to Queer femmes, GNC femmes, two spirit individuals, trans femmes, trans women and cis women who identify as feminine and all the other identities feminine people hold at intersections. We do not prescribe what feminine means or subscribe to the narrow definitions of what a feminine person looks like. See our FAQs for more info and feel free to email us questions you have! More than just a tournament this is a festival, a movement. Before, during and after the tournament we are creating space for feminine voices by holding slams, writing workshops and socials for people who want to find teammates and community. Like us on Facebook  for information about our local events!

Email us for questions: or learn more at the website

This year THE DIRTY GERUND POETRY SHOW is sponsoring a Worcester team to represent our community at the Festival, happening in Cambridge, October 19th-21st. We will pay registration fees, cover travel and offer poetry slam coaching sessions, if the team selected team chooses to accept that support. Poets who identify as femme, bring two poems, 3 minutes in length, (no props, costumes, or musical accompaniment. Top 4 poets will qualify for finals in early September. 

We humbly ask that competing poets do not sign up for the open mic this night, as we may be hosting the open mic in it’s entirety, followed by the poetry slam competition.

Monday August 13th! Comic WES HAZZARD from Boston! Plus! Iron Poet Qualifier!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 10, 2018 by dirtygerund

FEATURED ARTIST: A New England native, WES HAZARD has been named as one of “5 Boston Comedians to Watch” by The Boston Globe Magazine. A writer and storyteller as well as comedian, Wes brings wit, energy and honesty to the stage, qualities that have made him a regular performer in Boston venues as well as at The Boston Comedy Festival and The Women in Comedy Festival. Wes is a multiple-time winner on The Moth StorySLAM stage and he’s appeared as a guest on the Comedy Bang! Bang! Live! podcast and The Story Collider podcast. His debut humor book Questions For Terrible People was published by Simon & Schuster in 2016, and in 2017 he was awarded a New England Emmy for his hosting work on CBS Boston’s The Secret Worlds of Boston Comic Con. He currently co-hosts the national storytelling television program Stories From The Stage on PBS and in 2018 he appeared on Jeopardy!, becoming a 3-time champion.

BONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET QUALIFIER – we’re looking for two DG regulars who’d like a shot at taking the title away from current champ ASHLEY WONDER next month! We present the secret ingredient at the start of the show to two challengers. You’ll have approximately one hour to whip up an original haiku, short free form poem and incorporate ingredient into something you’ve done on our stage before! We’ll compete at half time of the show and hand the winner a bunch of glory along with their title shot!

Congrats to NARK, ADRIANA, VOID & GAB on qualifying for FEMS SLAM finals. August 20th will be our next and least open slam where 4 feminite identified folks will earn an opportunity to represent the Dirty Gerund at the 2018 FEMS Slam Festival in Cambridge! Join us for open mic, music, live art and all the rest this Monday! (weather permitting we’re outside all summer!)