Monday July 17! Get HIP w/ HIPSTORY Collective! Plus! “PROSE CUDDLE” Compliment Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 14, 2017 by dirtygerund

FEATURE: HIPSTORY is a Boston Based community collective & media brand responsible fohipstoryr creating unique, memorable, and inspiring art while maintaining a vivid connection to the artist and external influences that inspired its inception. Our mission is to build a platform and community for artists to cultivate stories through artwork that sustain over time, raise collective consciousness, and reestablish diversity within music. In short, we believe in: Redefining the Future History of Hip-Hop! Transforming music and film into engaging and moving experiences giving audiences a collection of diverse art addressing topics such as depression, relationships, blackness, sexual identity, racism, police brutality, marginalization, and an overall love for all things Hip-Hop. In 2016 HipStory produced and endorsed six Mixtapes/EP’s, was accepted into the Harvard RAP program, and curated seven HipStory House Parties giving 25+ local Boston artists a platform to perform and engage with a dope audience. Continuing into 2017, we have released two short films – Vitiligo and Art of Being Haunted – which has been screened at colleges all around Boston and New England. HipStory was also accepted in the Epicenter Social Venture Accelerator, and has 5 album releases planned for the year. The HipStoric Tour is an opportunity to build our brand, engage with amazing people, and share the incredible art of its artists. Worcester! We’re the final stop!

BONUS RUCKUS: THE PROSE CUDDLE is the OPPOSITE of a rap battle, as in, you gotta be nice! Real nice… to your opponent. And you don’t need to rhyme. Actually rhymes are kinda discouraged. Prizes for the nicest, the ones who make the crowd go “awww” instead of “OHHHH!”

Guest Visual Artist: One of the best in the local biz ANA SOL will be returning on oils and canvas! Old pal AMRITA has promised a snack! Open Mic has been jammed lately, so get to Ralph’s by 8:30pm to assure yourself a slot. We may have to start the show earlier to accommodate all! IS IT MONDAY YET?

Monday July 10th! RYK McINTYRE makes the 7 time feature club! PLUS! IRON POET CHAMPIONSHIPS!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 6, 2017 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: RYK McINTYRE has been a legendary presence on the New England poetry scene for decades. Which is to say, he is rarely photographed and not everyone is convinced he really exists. He has toured extensively around the continental United States and Canada, appearing on stages as varied as NYC’s New School, Portsmouth NH’s Music Hall, Lollapalooza and the very first “Legends of The Slam” Showcase, at the National Poetry Slam in 2006 in Austin, TX. He has been published widely, most notably, in The Worcester Review, Off the Coast, Short Fuse- An Anthology of New Fusion Poets, and Aim for the Head – An Anthology of Zombie Poetry, Freeze Ray, Drunks In a Midnight Choir. His second collection of poetry, “The Man At The Door” is due out, September-ish, from Broken Head Press.

BONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET CHAMPIONSHIP: “SCHLITZMAN vs. JEAN” – Oh man! This is gonna be a barn-stormer! Current Iron Poet Champion, MALT SCHLITZMAN will be putting his mad-cap pun-y proclivities up against challenger NIC JEAN in what’s sure to be an epic championship match! 3 original poetic concoctions, 3 judges, 3 categories for scores and ONE diabolical secret ingredient from chairman (Ralph’s Monday monager) YOSH SHARTIN! Buckle up, it’s gonna be a grumpy ride!

We assure you, we’ll have another bomb-ass visual artist this week. – LIVE ASS Music from MARK LEIGHTON and someone from his revolving cast of handsome musicians! Snacks by EMILEE, however, we’re headed to a RICE CAKE ALERT (someone’s gotta volunteer a snack soon, or the dreaded rice cakes will make their appearance!) Word has it, Ralph’s Diner is gonna be mobbed this Monday w/ comedian DOUG STANHOPE doing a sold out, sweaty ass show upstairs on the same night, but WE are gonna keep it as cool as possible outside! Yeah, we use the word ASS a bunch sometimes.

Monday July 3rd! ALI ZAGAME features! Plus “Drunk Text or Poem?” Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 1, 2017 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: Whether it’s through personal experiences, vivid dreams, or stepping into another’s shoes, ALI ZAGAME writes storytelling poems that are known for their honesty. Her work allows the reader or listener to connect with another’s perspective, to feel another’s pain and, albeit occasionally, joy. Ali’s poems, as well as song lyrics, have been featured in the woman’s magazine 45 and her CD ‘Speak Up, Speak Out’ has been sponsored by BARCC (Boston Area Rape Crisis Center). She is currently based in Worcester, MA. Ali’s also a gifted songwriter, check out some stuff at

BONUS RUCKUS: We’re bringing back the “Wait! Is that a drunk text, or line from a poem?” Guessing Challenge! Pretty self evident! First to guess three correct gets a cold one on us! Guest Visual Artist LUKAS THERIAN just launched a line of products at Worcester Wares and will be doing it up live at the show! Snacks, open mic, house band and all the rest of the zesty best! We’ll probably rock some sparklers as well!

Monday! June 26th RAYCH JACKSON from Chicago! Plus! “Prompt & Circumstance” Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 22, 2017 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: RACHEL “RAYCH” JACKSON is a Chicago native who earned her degree in Elementary Education at DePaul University in June of 2013. As a Golden Apple Scholar, Rachel teaches 3rd grade in the Chicago Public School system. She plans to build her own school within the next fifteen years. Rachel prides herself in her current weaving of social justice and higher ordered thinking curricula in schools throughout Chicago and its surrounding  suburbs. In addition to being an educator, Rachel is a poet and playwright. The subject matter surrounding her works ranges from character driven fiction to the recent delve back into poetic verse exploring her personal struggles.

BONUS RUCKUS: PROMPT & CIRCUMSTANCE CHALLENGE – you all know the deal! We bring absurd objects for this on site writing challenge. The weird-ass object is both your writing prompt, and your writing surface! Best poem and performance chosen by the crowd! House band, snacks and open mic and all the best in everything else! Pray for the opposite of rain so we can be outside!

Monday June 19th – Pizza Pi Press Author JONATHAN MENDOZA’s 508 Book Release! PLUS! Holy Hot Sauce Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 16, 2017 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: JONATHAN MENDOZA is a Boston-based activist, poet, educator, and musician. He is the founder of the Board Bucks For Boston food drive and the Berklee Activist Network, and organizes for immigrant rights, campaign finance reform, and more. (photo credit Greg Jundanian) He is a 2015 National Poetry Slam champion with the House Slam of Boston, Massachusetts, has been featured twice on finals stage at the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational, once as a ‘Best Poem’ award winner, and is a proud Louder Than A Bomb Massachusetts alumni, co-coach of the 2017 Brave New Voices National Youth Poetry Slam Team representing Massachusetts, and organizer. He recently completed a self-designed bachelor’s degree, Arts for Social Advocacy, at Berklee College of Music, and just released his first chapbook, “When the Crows Come,” under Pizza Pi Press. To learn more about his work, please visit, or you can also find him eating chicken wings alone at birthday parties.

BONUS RUCKUS: Return of the HOLY HOT SAUCE SONNET CHALLENGE! We bring the Shakespeare Sonnets and a bottle of special reserve habanero mash from the local impressatio Dr. GONZO himself! Your job? Take a shot, then sweat it out over 16 of the hottest bars you can handle! Special prizes and ruckus abounds for the perfomer who best keeps their cool! (pun totally intended!)

Not only will this be a Worcester Book Release for Jonathan’s new book, but we’ll also have Louder than a Bomb Massachusetts T-Shirts for sale and taking an extra bucket pass to help support the youth team this year. Can’t wait? Fine! You can make a donation to help 5 amazing youth poets get to San Francisco, support the Gerunders of the future HERE

Visual arts, snacks music and all the rest of the best!


Monday June 12th! JR MAHUNG from Pizza Pi Press! Plus! IRON POET QUALIFIER!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 7, 2017 by dirtygerund

Wow! One of the biggest audiences in recent memory wrecked shop this past Monday! Let’s keep the amazing times going!

POETRY FEATURE: JR MAHUNG is a Belizean-American poet from Chicago’s South Side. He is a 2017 VONA/Voices Workshop Participant and a Pushcart Prize nominee. His poetry is published or forthcoming in Moko Literary Magazine, Vinyl Poetry Journal, Maps for Teeth, Winter Tangerine and elsewhere. JR is now based in Boston where he helps organize the Louder than a Bomb MA youth poetry slam and co-coaches Northeastern University’s poetry slam team. JR’s second collection of poems “Since When He Have Wings” is forthcoming on Pizza Pi Press. His mixtape is not for sale but he’ll ask you to buy it anyways.

BONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET QUALIFIER: Let’s find out who’s going to be next in line to battle it out with reigning champ MALT SCHLITZMAN! (who happens to be hosting the first ever Central Mass PUN BASH this Saturday! Two poets, 3 poetic concoctions, 3 judges throwing numbers up on three different criteria plus one diabolical secret ingredient from chairman YOSH SHARTIN!

The band’s been on fire w/ trombone man LUKE KNOWLES joining MARK LEIGHTON (guitar) & TOM THOSEN (drums)! RICE CAKE ALERT, someone volunteer snacks next week, or else! Visual arts, open mic, all the rest of the best this Monday!

Monday June 5th! MissAnaSoL! Features! Plus return of SHATNER-IZE MY CUMMINGS impersonation challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 1, 2017 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: MissAnaSoL, was born 1975 in Isabela, Puerto Rico. She has been a Worcester resident since June 1983 and began her artistic pursuit at age 4. She has been described as being both hippie and gangstress, big hearted and a loner but her talent managed to pull her into a whole new level. She is currently working on publishing her first poetry book and, a new line of artistic denim wear, hostess to some of the most pristine underground poetry and music festivities, also a visual artist and entrepreneur. Her artwork has been displayed all over the New England area, including New York City and Philadelphia. MissAnaSoL is now the featured visual artist at 4 locations between Worcester, Ma and Providence RI.

BONUS RUCKUS: “SHATNER-IZE MY CUMMINGS” this is a fun little game where we provide contestants with well known verse from ee cummings, the twist? you’ve got to bring your best celebrity impersonation into the mix to give these words a modern update! Prizes for winners!

“Can we be outside Monday?” the answer is a resounding…. “uhm, maybe?” Either way, this night’s gonna be amazing!