Monday December 10th, PRINCESS MOON returns! Plus the Pantoum Form Writing Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on December 8, 2018 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: PRINCESS MOON is a second generation Cambodian-American poet, teaching artist, and award-winning community organizer. Her work unearths conversations with ancestral spirits, exposes trauma left by the ghosts of violent men, and explores the hauntingly beautiful journey of finding one’s self. She was the first woman SlamMaster to the Mill City Slam and formerly served as the Program Director of the non-profit youth organization FreeVerse!  She has graced the final stages of the 2011 Brave New Voices as well as the 2012 and 2013 Louder Than A Bomb Massachusetts. In 2014, she coached the winning team of the Louder Than A Bomb Massachusetts competition and received the Charmaine Santiago Galdon award for her tireless community building. Her poetry is published in Young Angel Midnight: An Anthology of Emerging Artists and grumpy shower. You can find her most recent work in her book The Genocide’s Love Baby Learns to Sing (Bootstrap Press).

BONUS RUCKUS: Our first evah! Form Challenge! $25 for the rucketeer who brings the best original Pantoum: is a form of poetry similar to a villanelle in that there are repeating lines throughout the poem. It is composed of a series of quatrains; the second and fourth lines of each stanza are repeated as the first. The pattern continues for any number of stanzas, except for the final stanza, which differs in the repeating pattern. The first and third lines of the last stanza are the second and fourth of the penultimate; the first line of the poem is the last line of the final stanza, and the third line of the first stanza is the second of the final. Ideally, the meaning of lines shifts when they are repeated although the words remain exactly the same: this can be done by shifting punctuationpunning, or simply recontextualizing. Look it up!

More open mic, live music and live art this week! Is it Monday yet?

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Monday December 3rd! NEIEL ISRAEL from Boston! Plus! Prompt & Circumstance Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 30, 2018 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: NEIEL ISRAEL is a Poet, Artist, Educator, Humanitarian, Eight-Time National Slam Poet, and Talented Big-Mouth.  Graduated with  honors from the University of Massachusetts, Boston; is a fan of love, karma, music, bike riding, the beach, sunbathing, and babies that leap out of their parent’s arms in her direction to make her more attentive as well as sharpen her reflexes.  [Neiel has secretly been avoiding marriage because she thinks it would be awful, but knows someday she’ll be delightfully persuaded to marry for the fun of it] She enjoys dinner parties but doesn’t like cooking, and has been known to make people laugh hysterically without trying. Neiel has written a chapbook (that she is finally willing to share) with pantoums, sonnets, and other forms titled: “The Dead Sing Better than You” poems written in loving memory of Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Prince and other greats.  You may be one of the fortunate few, to get your hands on a copy before she changes her mind and possibly decides not to share the chapbook at all.

BONUS RUCKUS: The Prompt & Circumstance Writing Challenge! We’re back at it, bringing the most randomnest objects to stimulate new poems into the world. You pick a number between 1 and 6. You receive an object, which will become your writing prompt AND writing surface (hence the circumstance).

Open mic, visual arts, live house band music and the best burgers and drink prices around! Is it Monday yet?

Monday Nov 26th! “Nobody Likes Us…” Tour w/ Nate Mask & Ryan J from Atlanta, GA!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 22, 2018 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: The “NOBODY LIKES US BUT WE’RE HERE ANYWAY” Tour! NATE MASK and RYAN J are nationally touring spoken word artists based out of Atlanta, GA. Both have competed and found success in the Slam community at national, regional, and local levels, and whose poems have received over 35,000 views on YouTube and Facebook. They are tolerated in their local scene because their poems are somewhat entertaining, but nobody actually likes either of them. Ryan J. , a spoken word artist based in Atlanta and self-proclaimed lover of all things Spider-Man and time travel related, brings fresh perspective to slam poetry. As 2015 CUPSI semi-finalist, 2017 Java Monkey Slam Team Representative, and the founder of HomeGrown Poetry, Ryan focuses on social issues and narratives that often exist in the blind spots of marginalized communities in his work. Whether it be through breakup voicemails from the Earth to the United States or class action lawsuits from black people to Food Network, Ryan challenges his audience to open their eyes and ears to a new perspective on the ideas and narratives that we so often miss. In 2016, Ryan published his first chapbook of poetry, “Go Home Ryan,” and is currently working on his second, “In Spite of Years of Silence.” Nate Mask is a spoken word artist who spends his days playing basketball, and trying not to swear in front of children or take himself too seriously. He has been a member of the Java Monkey and Art Amok Slam Teams in Atlanta, and has competed and performed on National and Local Stages, such as the National Poetry Slam, Southern Fried Poetry Festival, Creative Loafing’s Best of Atlanta Show, Write Club Atlanta, and the Decatur Book Festival. Nate’s writing touches on everything from relationships and mental health, to dogshit and misplacing his keys. If he seems awkward in person, it’s because he is. Nate has self-published two chapbooks: “Well, This is Awkward…” and “Love is For Suckers.

Bonus Ruckus, Live Music, Live Art, open mic and all the rest! Have the best Turkey Day and we’ll see you Monday!

Monday, Nov. 19th! Local songster MARIKA blesses the DG! Bonus Ruckus TBD!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 17, 2018 by dirtygerund

FEATURED PERFORMER: MARIKA has been lighting the Worcester scene up with their incredible vocals and song writing prowess combining elements of R&B, hip-hop and more. Get on the ground floor and see them perform before pop culture catches up! For more info on the artist check out their soundcloud! https://soundcloud.com/marikathompsonmusic

BONUS RUCKUS; The Amazing TBD challenge! Wow! It could be, like, anything! We have not decided what our extra special challenge is going to be yet, so we’ve written up this snazzy placeholder to keep folks guessing? Food challenge? Writing challenge? Hai-clue Guess Challenge? We, uhm, I guess we’ll think of something.

Last week’s open mic was STACKED with talent, new performers and luv! Please make sure to arrive by 8:30pm to assure yourself a spot! It’s a holiday week, so let’s keep the energy going! We’ll have some more visual arts auctioning, more live band action and style for daze!

Monday! Nov 12th! Taylor Liljegren Book Release! Plus, Iron Poet Qualifier!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 8, 2018 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: TAYLOR LILJEGREN is a poet and educator from Lunenburg, Massachusetts. She received her undergraduate degree in English Literature and Secondary Education from Lesley University, and is a candidate for her Masters in English Literature through the Breadloaf School of English at Middlebury College. Her work has previously been published in Best Indie Lit New England, Vol 2, (Black Key Press) as well as Nixes Mate Review: Anthology 2016-2017. Slapstick – The Lucy Poems (“invites us into the intimate life of Lucy Ball-Riccardo”) is her first published book of poetry (NixesMate.pub) and we’re beyond excited to celebrate it’s release in Worcester! Taylor currently teaches English and coaches slam poetry at Lexington High School. She was an anchor member of the 2010 and 2011 Worcester Youth Poetry Slam Team which advanced to semi-finals that the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam. While very literate, she’s still pretty metal!

BONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET QUALIFIER: ASHLEY WONDER is STILL champion! Who, we ask, who DARES to approach the nerve it might take to challenge her triumphant reign next month? Well, we will accept two open mic regular challenges who have the gall to compete. Three rounds, three judges, three scoring criteria and one diabolical secret ingredient, will make our half-time show sizzle like the tastiest steak! Get at us if you want a shot at greatness! (NOTE: actual greatness NOT guaranteed by the Dirty Gerund Poetry Show Staff, Organizers, Ralph’s Diner, Audience or anyone who comprehends words, sorry, you could be great, but we’re protecting ourselves from lawsuits, you understand, you don’t? oh well…) just by reading this, you’ve waived any such claim… nooooge!

Visual artist DWAYNE GLAVE (check his stuff on instagram, @guitars_n_gang_signs) returns to create live at the show! We’ll have more music, more open mic, more amazing burgers and cheap drinks and dang it, bring some $$$$ to buy some books from our special local based guest super star author! Oooooh! shout out to MAYA for making copies of our new amazing flier designed by LUKAS THERIEN! Grab one to paste on your boss’s office door! Yes on everything!

 

Monday Nov 5th! CATHERINE WEISS w/ a new book! PLUS! Holiday “Leftover” Frankenpoem Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 2, 2018 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: CATHERINE WEISS is a poet based in Western Massachusetts. They were the 2017 Grand Slam Champion and the 2018 WOWPS rep of Northampton Poetry. Their work has been published in Freezeray Poetry, Gravel Mag, Voicemail Poems, Jersey Devil Press, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, Buck Off Mag, Noble/Gas Quarterly, Slamfind, and elsewhere. Their favorite hobbies include crying (Cancer Sun), starting unrealistic projects (Capricorn Moon), and complaining—usually in the form of memes and subtweets (Scorpio Rising). Catherine writes about stuff like mental illness, fatness, trauma, sexuality, and adolescence. Sometimes their poems are funny.

BONUS RUCKUS: Holiday Times Leftover “Frankenpoem” Challenge! Do you think it’s worth going through the tedious tasks of preparing an entire thanksgiving meal JUST so you can rock the turkey samiches the next day? Then you’re into leftovers, so are we! Nick Davis is going to scrap together word fragments from magazines, classic poems, recipes, court ord… I mean, other documents and hand you a smattering of clips. Your job, take them and frankenpoem a new piece to be read at halftime. Gerunder who does it the best, get’s a drink on us!

TODD GALVIN will be rocking some “Yes on 3” live art on the eve of the election! Still time to finish line VOLUNTEER this weekend! We’ll have live music, live art, open mic and all the zesty best for you as we enter November with a-plumb (aploom?) We don’t know and frankly, aren’t concerning ourselves! Yay!

Monday Oct 29th! LIN PANG features! Plus Halloween Persona Poem Costume Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 24, 2018 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: LIN PANG is a queer/trans Asian American poet, youth worker, and teaching artist based in Boston. They are a 2018 Pink Door Fellow, 2017 FEM Slam finalist, and founding member of Disrupt Slam at Tufts University. Lin is a poetry instructor & slam team coach at GrubStreet, and previously coached youth slam teams for A-WAY (Allies Working with Asian Youth). Lin’s writing is anthologized in Crab Fat Magazine: Best of Year Three. Their work explores family histories, diaspora, (gender)queerness, and belonging. Find them on Instagram @lin.pang

BONUS RUCKUS: Halloween themed costume / persona poem performance challenge! That’s right! $25 grand prize on the line for the gerunder who comes with a costume and performs a poem, from the point of view of the costume you’re wearing!

GUEST VISUAL ARTIST: Return of SORANA GATEJ one of the biggest talents who’s ever rocked a canvas at the DG! We’ll have live music, live art, open mic (which have been superb lately) and all the thrills of a Halloween Gerund! Fly your freak flag and come howl at the moon with us!