Posted in Uncategorized on May 17, 2018 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: WHEELER LIGHT lives in Boulder, Colorado, where he writes and leads poetry workshops for Art From Ashes. A Pushcart Prize nominee and recipient of the Difficult Fruit Poetry Prize, he strives to create poetry in which trauma and healing can exist together. Light was a member of the 2017 Mercury Cafe National Poetry Slam team representing Denver and has featured at open mics across the country. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Hobart Pulp, New Delta Review, The Meadow, and Pretty Owl Poetry, among others.

BONUS RUCKUS: IRONS POET CHAMPIONSHIP “Wonder vs. Killay” – It’s that time again, Iron Poet Champion ASHLEY WONDER defends her title vs. #1 contender JAKE KILLAY! Three rounds, three poetic concoctions, 3 judges giving points on three criteria and one diabolical secret ingredient! Can you stand the heat in this kitchen? Can you?

MARK LEIGHTON on the music stuff. MICHAEL MORLOCK will be our guest visual artist. Who’s got the snacks? We’ve had two weeks in a row outside, let’s root for that temperate weather, so we can be on the patio!


Monday, May 14th, JUNE MELBY features! Plus! 140 Character “Tweet Tweet” Writing Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 10, 2018 by dirtygerund

FEATURED ARTIST: JUNE MELBY is a poet, musician, and former standup comedian.  The author of My Family and Other Hazards (Holt, 2014), a memoir about growing up on a retro 1950s miniature golf course, which was a New York Times Bestseller. As a spoken word artist she has performed at literary festivals, national poetry slams, and in Europe. She is the voice of “Bang” one of the evil aliens in the movie Space Jam with Michael Jordan.  She has a album of spoken word and music with her band June Melby and Her Future Enemies, and received an MFA from the University of Iowa.  Currently June lives in a log cabin in the woods with her husband and a twenty-pound cat named Ferdinand Magellan.

BONUS RUCKUS: TWEET TWEET Writing Challenge! (rescheduled from last week) Think you can change the world in 140 characters? Most celebrities think they can! We’ll have a drink on the line for the performer who can best make us gasp with a poetic 140 characters (bonus points for hash-tagging something about us at the Dirty Gerund. CO-HOST ALEX CHARALAMBIDES will be back from work/then/illness sebatical and is ready for ruckus! Thanks to NARK LIZZARD for holding down the co-hosting slot! MARK LEIGHTON will hold it down musically. Think we’re in the market for snacks and visual arts, hit us up on the social medias, as NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS will probably be at the closest pond, lake, body of water cause it’s SPRINGTIME and we plan on being outside, weather permitting, from here on out! We out!


Monday May 7th! ANJIMILE sings the Gerund! Plus The “Tweet Tweet!” writing challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 3, 2018 by dirtygerund

FEATURED ARTIST: ANJIMILE is a first-generation Malawian-American who grew up in the suburbs of Richardson, Texas. Their experiences with racism, homophobia and xenophobia in the deep south form the basis of their radical queer politics. The crux of their musical output is a gooey center of emotionality and tenderness informed by the power of their intersectional identities. A staple in the Boston indie music scene since their debut EP ‘In the Garden’ in 2012, Anjimile’s eclectic forays into ambient folk, indie rock and electro pop are bound together by an incredibly haunting and otherworldly singing voice. Anjimile is currently signed to Human Nature Records, a Boston-based independent label, and two tracks (“Golden Hands” and “To Meet You There”) from their most recent EP ‘Good Boy’ were featured in the independent film Anything (2017) starring John Carroll Lynch, Maura Tierney and Matt Bomer. Their musical influences include Sufjan Stevens, Lauryn Hill, Born Ruffians, Radiohead, TV on the Radio, and Real Estate.  Anjimile identifies as queer/trans/gender non-conforming and uses they/them or he/him pronouns. check out some tunes at

BONUS RUCKUS: “Tweet Tweet!” Writing Challenge! We stole this from NARK LIZZARD (thanks for stepping into host the last couple weeks, luv ya!), who, we believe, stole it from the internet! We got a lotta show for you this Monday, so let’s keep the ruckus short, like 140 characters short! Your job as contestant, write a life changing poem using 140 characters (includes exclamation points!!!! so be careful!). Bonus claps for hashtags involving some of your favorite gerundisms! Best tweet gets a neat prize (had to go with the rhyme scheme, the prize is a drink on us!). CHAD JULIAN is our favorite comic-book seller in town and a fine artist! He might totally capture your aura cartoon style! Buy ART! Rumor has it Alex will be back to host the first half (hooooooray….. i guess…) The band will be back, the weather might even allow us to return to the great outdoors! Patio anybody? Who’s got snacks?

Monday! April 30th! GEORGE ABRAHAM features! Plus “Nick’s Choice” Bonus Ruckus!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 26, 2018 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: GEORGE ABRAHAM is a Palestinian-American Poet, Author,  Activist, and Engineering PhD candidate at Harvard University. He is the author of the poetry chapbooks al youm: for yesterday & her inherited traumas, winner of the Atlas Review’s chapbook contest, and the specimen’s apology, forthcoming with Sibling Rivalry Press in 2019. He is the recipient of fellowships from Kundiman, the Watering Hole, and Brooklyn Poets, as well as the title of “Best Poet” at the 2017 College Union Poetry Slam Invitational. His poetry and creative nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in Tin House, Rattle, the Rumpus, Nashville Review, Washington Square Review, Mizna, Puerto del Sol,  Apogee, and anthologies such as Nepantla, Bettering American Poetry 2016 and the Ghassan Kanafani Palestinian Literature Anthology. He is currently a reader & editor for Muzzle Magazine and the Atlas Review,  as well as a founding editor of Lion Lost Press. He has competed in several poetry slam competitions, including the Individual World Poetry Slam, National Poetry Slam, and College Union Poetry Slam Invitational (where he placed 2nd internationally in 2016). He is a Puschart Prize, Best New Poets, and Best of the Net nominee, and a recipient of the Lois Morrell Poetry Prize, and the Favianna Rodriguez Award for Artistic Activism. He hopes to continue bringing awareness to Palestinian human rights and socio-economic struggles through art.

BONUS RUCKUS: “Nick’s Choice!” Challenge – Look, it’s wednesday at 11pm and we won’t know what Nick wants to do for a bonus ruckus until Monday, Be. Ready. Alex has a work engagement until the second half of the show, so… you know. What’s the point in trying to guess at what Nick will want to do if Alex isn’t there to advocate on the side of “well… you know… people might like to prepare themselves or think about whether or not they’d enjoy participating in the dumb poetic challenge we’re throwing at them that night?” Nick crackles back with an emphatic “nah, they’ll play what game I remember to bring, or make up on the spot!” So there it is, it might be a writing challenge, it might be a guessing game, it might be neither! Nick might communicate this via social media in the days leading up to. He might not? It’s a menagerie of mystery! (Note from Alex, I won’t be there to plug the mic in, so I don’t have a say, just saying). There will be music! There will be open mic slots! There might? be a guest co-host? There might be snacks from Dan? There might be visual arts? There might be an exhausted co-curator dashing in for the second half of the show, ready to party! We love you!

Monday April 23rd! QUEEN G vists the Gerund! Plus! Prompt & Circumstance Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 19, 2018 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: Dedicated to her craft, QUEEN G is a multi-faceted writer and performer. Utilizing her strong background in the arts, she  has spent years performing all over the North East, engaging diverse audiences on a variety of platforms. She is the winner of  the 7 Hills Invitational Slam, and represented 7 Hills at the 2016 National Poetry Slam in Decatur, GA and at the 2017 Women of the World Poetry Slam in Dallas, TX. Her work is honest, heartfelt, and transcendent. She uses her affinity for words on and off the stage, lending her vocals to Blue Seat Studios as a voice actor (for clients such as Scholastic and Big Picture Learning). She has constructed countless written pieces, ranging from poetry, songs, and other creative writings to articles, press releases, biographies, and more. Her professionalism and passion present her as a skilled writing consultant. She has a strong background in community development and education. She has worked both domestically and internationally, with over 12 years experience in coordinating, workshop facilitation, public speaking and presentations.  check out more work at

BONUS RUCKUS: Return of the “PROMPT & CIRCUMSTANCE” Challenge – Several gerunders will receive a prompt at the beginning of the show. Twist is, the prompt will also be the surface on which you must write on. Whoever delivers the best brand new poem will receive a prize! Join us for music, visual arts, snacks, open mic and more! This Monday!

Monday, April 16th, MUGGS FOGARTY from Prov Slam! Plus! Iron Poet Qualifier!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 11, 2018 by dirtygerund

FEATURED POET: MUGGS FOGARTY is a writer, performer, and vocalist local to Providence, Rhode Island. Muggs has represented Providence  in national poetry slam competition eight times respectively and is a 2017 FEMS Slam champion, a National Poetry Slam semi-finalist, and a Brave New Voices champion. Muggs has been a co-director of the award-winning Providence Poetry Slam and ProvSlam Youth since 2015, and has coached several youth and collegiate level slam teams, particularly through UCONN, Brown Univsersity, and RISD. Muggs has also worked as an arts mentor with local organizations such as New Urban Arts, CityArts, and PASA, and has recieved awards from the Rhode Island State Council on The Arts. Muggs is the author of Unburn (Ghost Hum Arts 2016) and can also be found fronting the local darkpop band, Lookers, as well as their own solo loop pedal project, Sweetpea Pumpkin. Muggs is a resident at the non-profit community arts space, AS220, and also practices bodywork as an LMT in Providence. Follow Muggs on Insta @sweetpeapumpkin – We’re so excited to welcome Muggs back to our stage!!!!

BONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET QUALIFIER: IRON POET CHAMPION ASHLEY WONDER is awaiting her next opponent. We’re looking for two local word-crafters to do battle in this verbal clash, unique to the Gerund. Two competitors receive a visual prompt at the beginning of the night, the “secret ingredient” if you will. They have the first half of the show to produce an original haiku, an original short poem and incorporate the ingredient into a piece they’ve performed on our stage. Top scorer, faces Ashley for the title in May! Word has it we’ll have a three piece band this Monday! Don’t forget, LOUDER THAN A BOMB MASSACHUSETTS YOUTH POETRY SLAM takes place this weekend at Suffolk University in Boston. Alex spends 90% of his life (he takes a break to hang with ya’ll on Monday nights) dedicated to working on expanding opportunities for the Gerunders of the future, the least you can do is take a road trip, hear some amazing poems, and maybe judge a poetry slam, here’s a LINK and you can sign up and lend your feedback, so we can have a tournament!

Monday! April 9th! Musical Guest ASHLEY DEYJ! Plus “Prose Cuddle” Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 6, 2018 by dirtygerund

FEATURED ARTIST: ASHLETY DEYJ is an independent Hip Hop artist from Massachusetts. Aside from rapping, she sings, plays the acoustic  guitar, and composes instrumentals of various styles. Ashley DeyJ released her first self-designed and produced album entitled “Lonely Girl Dreams,” in 2014. Her latest release, “EDM” is a concept title which also stands for “Edible Dame Mannequins” or “Every Day Miracles.” A few months ago Deyj’s “EDM” album was featured in the Telegram and Gazette. Ashley created an art collection to depict the album entitled “The Commune Collection.” Her are collection will be available April 9th at the show! Ashley’s ‘EDM’ album, stresses common misconceptions of the street life, belief in yourself, self development and authenticity.

BONUS RUCKUS: Return of the “Prose Cuddle” Challenge – whenever we feature emcee’s to feature at our show, we like to shift the paradigm of battle rapping, and get real nice, like, really nice and flip the game. The challenge? Off the top of your head, you get paired with another competitor. You need to compliment them. You need to make the crowd go “awwwww”. You don’t need rhymes, you don’t need rhyme schemes. You can prose it up all you want. You just gotta be nice. Are you nice? Nicest, gets a special prize! Visual arts, open mic, house band, snacks and more? (we think there’ll be more) ruckus, to be expected, as we slowly crawl to spring and the warmer weather. Are you ready. We know we are!