Monday! July 18th! Asheville’s BRIEF AWAKENING return! PLUS! IRON POET CHAMPIONSHIPS!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 14, 2016 by dirtygerund

Short post this week (still away in DC, by the way, support our Mass LEAP youth team!

I’ll be back next week ready to rock! returning to the DG (remember when we dances our asses off last year?)

FEATURED ARTISTS: BRIEF AWAKENING is a small tribe of fairy briefawakeningcreatures who can only effectively communicate through art, song, and dance. Mandolin, ethereal vocals, synth, piano, avant garde heart drums and harmonious overtones- swirl, bubble,and trail wherever brief Awakening wanders. The Siren that is RYN ARRANTS magically dances with strange synth noises spatially mixed with rhythmic piano. The tiny beast that is KAY FOX PETRUCCI stomps on the kick drum at the same time as flying around on their red dragon mandolin. Together their whipping tendrils of rhythm and harmonic melody build a character of sound that is colorful and masked in emotion and spirituality. They just released their sophomore EP “Excelsior” with Pillow Fort Recording in Asheville, NC. The creatures are tour this Summer 2015. Brief Awakening has been featured live on UnRegular Radio (Boston, MA) , City Wide Blackout (Boston, MA) ,Three Strange Women (Boston, MA), and Daddy O Radio (Spartanburg, SC). check em out at

Monday! July 11th! JR MAHUNG from Chicago! Plus Summer Blockbuster Haik-lue Guess Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 8, 2016 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: JR MAHUNG is a Belizean-American poet from JRthe South Side of Chicago. He is currently based in Boston where he helps organize the Louder than a Bomb MA youth poetry slam, co-coaches Northeastern University’s poetry slam team, and helps in hosting a weekly open mic at the Cantab Lounge. He has published his first chapbook ‘Like Waters’ on Pizza Pi Press. JR has visited the Gerund a couple times and lit our stage with awesome words, so we’re incredibly excited to get full featured sets and get that book!

BONUS RUCKUS: Nick’s Summer Move Blockbuster HAIK-LUE guess challenge! When Nick’s not sweltering at work, he combats the heat in his off time by jumping into pools, ponds and rivers, but also tried to find a few hours of comfort in the movie theater, getting whisked away by fantastic hollywood stories where things blow up, masses are saved and the hero finds their soul mate connection as they roll to credits. Nick will 3dpresent several original hai-klues inspired by summer blockbusters, past & present. Three competitors will try to figure out which movie he’s referencing. Guess correct, get a point, first to three wins a refreshing beverage on us!

So sad I will be away next week for what’s sure to be another excellent summer show! If you have a few bucks to spare, the Mass LEAP Brave New Voices Youth Poetry Slam Team that I’m chaperoning, could still use some help in raising money! Please donate today!  We’ll have plenty of music, open mic, snacks and visual arts to go along with all those words. Word has it YOSH SHARTIN will be back from vacation! Welcome home buddy!

Monday July 4th! SEVEN HILLS SLAM TEAM! Plus “Pie-klu Eating Challenge”

Posted in Uncategorized on July 1, 2016 by dirtygerund

Join us as we get all ‘Murica this Monday!

SEVEN HILLS POETRY SLAM TEAM – Worcester’s sending an adult 7hillspoetry slam team to Nationals in Atlanta GA this year. Get down to the DG this Monday as Malt, Ashley, Queen G and Bobby put that new team work out there, or just ask them why they’d want to drive 20 hours to slam poems in Georgia in August! Either way, support, support!

BONUS RUCKUS: 4th of July BBQ desert “pie-klu” eating and spitting challenge! This is gonna get messy. NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS will bring pies with hiaku’s about pies taped at the bottom? You job, slop up that slurp with your FACE and read the pie-klu in record time. Winner get’s a napkin and a drink on us to wash it all down!

We’ll have music, we’ll have snacks, we’ll have visual arts I’m sure. We’ll have ANTHONY BRIDGFORD of Cinemageddon fame covering the vacationing YOSH SHARTIN. We’ll have open mic, lights camera and ACTION! Sparklers welcome!

Monday June 27th! HANIF WILLIS-ABDURRAQIB returns! Plus! “I can smell Summer, writing challenge!”

Posted in Uncategorized on June 22, 2016 by dirtygerund

The past couple weeks on the patio have been amazing! Let’s keep it going!

POETRY FEATURE: HANIF WILLIS-ABDURRAQIB is a poet, hanifessayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His poetry has been published in Muzzle, Vinyl, PEN American, and various other journals. His essays and music criticism has been published in The FADER, Pitchfork, and The New York Times. He has been nominated for the pushcart prize, and his poem “Hestia” won the 2014 Capital University poetry prize. His first full length collection, The Crown Ain’t Worth Much, is forthcoming in 2016 from Button Poetry / Exploding hanif2Pinecone Press. He is a Callaloo Creative Writing Fellow, an interviewer at Union Station Magazine, and a poetry editor at Muzzle  Magazine.  He is a member of the poetry collective Echo Hotel with poet/essayist Eve Ewing. Additionally, he is a columnist at MTV News, where he writes about music, and fights to get Room Raiders back on the air. He thinks poems can change the world, but really wants to talk to you about music, sports, and sneakers.

BONUS RUCKUS: The first ever ‘WOW! I can actually smell smellsummer” Prompted Writing Challenge! This one’s based on smells. We’ll briefly blindfold 5 competitors and offer a whiff of a prompt that you will have the first half of the show to write about! Whoever captures those beautiful summer smells and brings us into the world of your poem wins a prize!

alexASHLEY TUCKER returns to do visual arts! EMILEE back at snacks. The boys in the band have been killing it outside, (must be all that vitamin D)! YOSH, MIKEY & DORIAN might bust out the tank tops or start wearing life guard gear in case you’re drowning in too much fun!!!! We called it on stage last week that Jasmin Robert’s feature was the best of the year, let’s bring the energy and try to make it the best show of the year every week! Boom!

Monday! June 20th, Northampton Grand Slam Champ JASMIN ROBERTS! Plus! IRON POET QUALIFIER!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 16, 2016 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: JASMIN ROBERTS hails from Brooklyn, NY, and jasminhas lived in the Pioneer Valley for the last 8 years. She is a graduate of Oberlin College, where she majored in Creative Writing and Psychology. She joined the local poetry scene in 2013, and competed in the 2015 National Poetry Slam as a member of the Northampton Poetry team. She is a two time (’15-’16) Northampton Poetry Grand Slam Champion! She not only prides herself on creating new poetry weekly, but also new words. Some of her favorites include “fuckability” and “homotastic.” In the span of three minutes, she will make you laugh your ass off and question your place in the world, and she’ll do it all sporting 4-inch heels. First time featuring in Worcester, so… you know! LIT!

milaBONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET QUALIFIER “SCHLITZMAN vs. KEATON” wow buddy! this is gonna be super fun! First Iron Poet Qualifier, since the title has changed hands, so let’s see who the first challenger will be for current champ ROBERT BLACKWELL GIBBS! We’ve got an interesting match-up here… MALT SCHLITZMAN is a farmer who’ve on a roll! Member of this year’s 7 Hills Slam Poetry Team, he’s in competitive shape, while MILA KEATON is rocking out on some serious open mic momentum, producing new work that’s sending chills up spines! Let’s see who’s got the gumption to produce 3 poetic creations inspired by one diabolical secret ingredient from chairman YOSH SHARTIN!

SHANNON DONNELLY will rock the visual arts this week! CATHE dgARNELL has saved you from rice cake alert purgatory! MATT, ANDREW & ALEX have been reunited for the first time in a month, last week and it felt sooooo good! Dirty Gerund has raised close to 300 bucks the past two weeks for worthwhile causes and we can’t thank you all enough or be prouder! YOSH, MIKEY & DORIAN appreciate your business and are more than glad to give you the business on Mondays! We’re somewhere near our 400th show! (too busy/lazy to count) but we love you and have for at least 400 mondays!

Monday June 13th! CLIFF NOTEZ from Boston! Plus! Prompt & Circumstance!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 8, 2016 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: CLIFF NOTEZ works as a film maker, poet,cliff photographer, and music producer/engineer and avid avocado eater. working with people and places like Russell Simmons and All Def Digital, The Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Boston University, and RAW Art Works. Cliff got his master’s degree in Digital Media from Northeastern in May 2016 and would like to take a nap soon but…structural racism. This is Cliff’s first time at the Gerund, so you know! We can’t wait!

promptBONUS RUCKUS: Return of the “PROMPT & CIRCUMSTANCE” Writing Challenge. NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS loves getting folks writing, loves getting interesting junk, I mean, stuff from the Holden Recycling Center. He’s married these loves together into a game that’s quickly becoming a Gerund Institution. We’ll take 5 competitors and give you a physical object writing prompt at the start of the show, the prompt is also the surface upon which you write (that’s the circumstance eh, eh? you love it haha). Best presentation at show’s halftime, gets a sweet prize on us!

ASHLEY TUCKER returns to rock the visual arts canvases this week! dgMATT, ALEX & ANDREW should be on hand to kick up the jams! RICE CAKE ALERT, that’s two snacks in a row from EMILEE, fail to find a volunteer this monday, get rice cakes the following monday, contact her HERE and get active! Dirty Gerund’s favorite band EYE WITNESS is hosting their new album release party this FRIDAY and promises all sorts of opportunities for rocking. YOSH, MIKEY & DORIAN hope that cricket that kept interrupting our show this past Monday, finds another public place to settle down in! Hope to see you outside!


Monday June 6th, TAYLOR LILJEGREN features, BNV Fundraiser & “Bad poems I wrote in High School” Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 2, 2016 by dirtygerund

Very excited about this Monday’s show! We’re celebrating youth voice this week at the Gerund. We’re trying to support Mass LEAP (producers of Louder than a Bomb Youth Poetry Slam) as they work to raise funds to bring 5 amazing youth writers to the annual Brave New Voices Festival this July. Mass LEAP will have t-shirts for sale, and we’re gonna rock an extra bucket pass for the future Gerunders! If you can’t wait till Monday, support their GoFundMe today! We’d invite these poets to perform, but you know… (21 plus venue), so who better to feature on this night than….

FEATURED POET: TAYLOR LILJEGREN is a poet and educator based taylorin the Greater Boston Area.  She is a Worcester Youth Poetry Slam alumni, competing nationally at Brave New Voices (2010 & 20111) and locally at the inaugural Louder than a Bomb (2012 champs) festival in Boston.  She has been published in Best Indie Lit New England, and in 2015 she released her first chapbook “The Sessions: Lucy Ricardo Talks to her Therapist”.  She just finished her degree from Leslie, teaching full time. This is her first visit to the Gerund. We’ve had the pleasure of witnessing her brilliance from the jump and can’t wait for the rest of the community to catch up.

poemsBONUS RUCKUS: The return of the “AWFUL, JUST AWFUL POEMS I WROTE IN HIGH SCHOOL” Challenge, a tongue in cheek look back at the stuff you’re not really that, erm ahem, proud of. Youth poetry dominance is currently changing the national poetic landscape, so just why was our stuff so, uhm, unfortunate? Go to the attic, find those old notebooks and bring the best of your worst from back in the day. Best performance of some not so best poetry wins you an awesome prize!

Hope we’ll be outside Monday! Worcester’s newest renaissance man dgshow-andersonEIREAN BRADLEY will be rocking the paint canvases this week! Damn it feels good to have the band all back together! Wondering is we’ll get a high school lunch cafeteria snack homage from EMILEE? Again, please bring some extra cash to this event, we’d love to show some love to the next generation and make sure that they can get their travel to Washington DC squared away soon! Nick’s offered to drive them, but his car is banged up, plus it’s full of trash, and he can’t get the days off work. YOSH & MIKEY & DORIAN will have everything else you’ll need on Monday night!


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