Monday April 24th! CATHERINE WEISS from Noho Slam! Plus IRON POET QUALIFIER!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 21, 2017 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: CATHERINE WEISS is a very charming donut. Or a pterodactyl with attitude. Or the brightest goddamned firefly you’ve ever seen on mid-summer’s eve. But more than anything, Catherine wants you to know she loves poems. And Lord of the Rings. And crying jags. Sometimes she loves them all at once. Catherine is known for her signature poetic mix of humor and heart, and definitely not for punching through walls like the Hulk when she doesn’t win a slam. Her work has been published in such journals as Voicemail Poems, Melancholy Hyperbole, Jersey Devil Press, Yellow Chair Review, and Gravel Mag. More about Catherine can be found at http://catherineweiss.com/ PS-Catherine lives in Western MA with her husband, two dogs, and a cat. Catherine also doesn’t know how to prioritize a bio.

BONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET QUALIFIER – if interested in being the next challenger to JACKIE MORRIL’s IRON POET CROWN, let us know! 3 original concoctions (haiku, original poem, incorporation round) 3 judges, 3 criteria for dopeness and one diabilical ingredient provided by the chairman YOSH SHARTIN! We’ll have music from DEADSTICK & HAMBONE! We’ll have snacks from EMILEE. Hopefully we’ll be back under the stars outside! Wanna make Alex Smile? Take a field trip to Boston for Louder than a Bomb Finals Showcase on May 6th and see what Alex leaves Worcester for work all the time. If you can’t get off your duff for the poetic field trip of the year, you can always support the non profit Alex co-founded by going directly to www.massleap.org and making a donation! Do it!

Monday April 10th NORMY CHAPLIN BOOK(s) RELEASE(s)!!!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 8, 2017 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: NORMY CHAPLIN is a (Dirty Gerund Poetry Show RUCKUSY) Award Winning poet and writer currently residing in Orange Mass! Author of books Shitty Boyfriends and their new books Vignette and Mister (both of which will be available this Monday) that’s right TWO books! Normy’s raw, poetry noir was been gracing the musical landscape at the DG for over a year now! This is their first feature, so you know you’re gonna want to be able to say you were there!

check the FACEBOOK INVITE  expect live art, snacks, bonus ruckus and an open mic that tries damn hard! Short post this week! If you want to hear some amazing poems before Monday, head to Boston for Louder than a Bomb Youth Poetry Slam 2017 and watch these young people put adults to shame! Or if you gotta stay local, you gotta hit up EM’s EASTER EGG HUNT for grown ups! which promises to be the party of the year!

Monday April 3rd! ROBERT LASHLEY from BELLINGHAM, WA!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 30, 2017 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: A 2016 Jack Straw Fellow, Artist Trust Fellow, and nominee for a Stranger Genius Award, ROBERT LASHLEY has had poems published in such journals as Feminete, Seattle Review of Books, NAILED, Gramma, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, and The Cascadia Review. His work was also featured in Many Trails to the Summit, an anthology of Northwest form and lyric poetry, and It Was Written, an anthology of poetry inspired by hip hop. His full-length book, The Homeboy Songs, was published by Small Doggies Press in April 2014. He’s on tour in support of his new book, Up South! ROBERT ABSOLUTELY BLEW US ALL THE WAY APART WHEN HE FEATURED HERE LAST TIME. DO.NOT.MISS.THIS.POET!

Visual arts by JOSEF MOGUL! Snacks by EMILEE! Music by DEADSTICK & HAMBONE! Bonus Ruckus TBD. Yosh, Mikey & Dorian appreciate tips and so do we!

Monday 3/27 JOSHUA STEWART from Western Mass! Plus Visual Arts by BRET HERHOLZ!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 23, 2017 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: JOSHUA MICHAEL STEWART first full-length  collection of poems, Break Every String, was published by Hedgerow Books in April 2016. He has two chapbooks, Vintage Gray, published by Pudding House Publications in 2007, and Sink Your Teeth into the Light, published by Finishing Line Press in 2012. He has had poems published in the Massachusetts Review, Worcester Review, Euphony, Rattle, Cold Mountain Review, William and Mary Review, Pedestal Magazine, Evansville Review and Bluelin. You can’t help but respect the maker of these streamlined vehicles, for his guts and his unsentimental, vivid poems. – – – – –  Tony Hoagland

BONUS RUCKUS: TBD – Word has it that old friend BRET HERHOLZ will be back in town with his featured poet friend to zing some visual art canvases for us! Thanks to all who came out last Monday! Great night w/ new performers galore! DEADSTICK & HAMBONE on the music, EMILEE on the snacks! Get ready for some fun this week! YOSH, MIKEY & DORIAN are on everything else! Don’t forget FRIDAY NIGHT – NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS RECORD RELEASE PARTY

Monday 3/20 – DEONTE OSAYANDE from Detroit! Plus! Nick’s B-DAY Quiz Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 18, 2017 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: DEONTE OSAYANDE is a former track and field sprinter turned writer from Detroit, Mich. He writes nonfiction essays and his poems have been nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology, a Pushcart Prize and published in over 40 different publications. He has represented Detroit at multiple National Poetry Slam competitions and is currently the SlamMaster of Freshwater Wordsmiths. He’s a professor of English at Wayne County Community College, and teaches youth through the Inside Out Detroit Literary Arts Program. His first full collection of poems, entitled Class, will be available from Urban Farmhouse Press in 2017.

BONUS RUCKUS: It’s Nick’s Birthday Week! Let’s guess what the hell he’s poem-ing about challenge! He can’t take any more roasting TBH, so let’s pay a little (read: “little”) homage to the entire bruised body of NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS‘ poetry career! We’ll deliver lines from classic Nick poems, then we’ll give you three guesses as to what that poem’s actually about. Guess correct, get a point, get three points, you get a drink (one of Nick’s even). Let’s deconstruct his work, cause really, no poetry professor ever will 😉 THE REAL PARTY IS FRIDAY, MARCH 24th at Electric Haze with NICK (joined by DG house band DEADSTICK & HAMBONE and FRIENDS) plus an absurd cast of Worcester talent will be celebrating the man’s birthday in real time, while also celebrating the release of his new album! Meanwhile, this Monday! All hail new IRON POET CHAMP (JACKIE MORRILL), thanks to FAITH COLE for stepping in last Monday for snacks, CATERED BY EMILEE should be back at it this Monday. LIVE VISUAL ARTS BY SHANNON DONNELLY! YOSH, MIKEY & DORIAN got you for pretty much anything else you’d need at Ralphs Diner, even if it’s a gentle suggestion that maybe you’ve had enough already…

Monday, March 13th! AMIN DREW LAW from DC! Plus return of the Iron Poet!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 10, 2017 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: AMIN “Drew” LAW is a nationally touring Palestinian-American performer, Emcee, host and activist living in Washington D.C. Amin is a  three-time member of the D.C Beltway Slam team, five-time member of D.C’s Southern Fried slam team and 2015 DC poetry slam champion. As an avid advocate for Palestinian affairs Amin has performed and spoke at several Palestinian liberation events and protests including co-founding the “Poetry for Gaza” annual event. Amin has spoke at over numerous colleges including the University of  North Carolina, Georgetown, American University, and at the University of Maryland as a part of their Tedx talk on fearless ideas. Amin helped found  The Drawbridge Collective with writers, Elizabeth Acevedo, Pages Matam, Terisa Siagatonu and Clint Smith. He has read at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs and Split This Rock festivals respectively.  He has shared stages with artists Method Man, Redman, Pitbull, Biz Markie, Slick Rick, Sunni Patterson, Blaq Ice and Andrea Gibson. His new rap project, A Brief History of Dead Kings, is currently in the works and is slated to drop sometime in 2017.

BONUS RUCKUS: The return of the IRON POET CHALLENGE: It’s been a while. The title is currently vacated, so we’re going to bring two stalwart competitors to take the steps towards securing a champion once again. We get a secret ingredient from Ralph’s Diner staff at the beginning of the show, our poets have to create original haiku’s, short poems, then incorporate the ingredient into something they’ve presented before! We’ll select judges to score them on taste, presentation & use of the secret ingredient. After the numbers tally, we’ll have a winner! We got a sick trophy! DEADSTICK & HAMBONE brought some SHANE HALL fire power last week for extra bass! Dig SHANE HALL & Birthday Parties head down to RALPH’S THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 11st, for an amazing show! Otherwise, we’ll be back at it Monday with snacks, arts, and guest bartender, old pal CELESTE joining MIKEY & DORIAN for one night only! Even YOSH get’s a night off once in a while!

Monday, March 6th, ALEX McCOY returns! Plus Worcester College Consortium Hai-clue Guess Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 3, 2017 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: ALEX McCOY is a Cuban actor and theatre teachermccoy turned poet after graduating from Clark University in 2014. Born in Miami, and finishing out school in New England, he has since been living in Boston, performing at The Lizard Lounge and The Cantab Louge in Cambridge. Most recently, he has been free-styling with Hip Hop Improv group Milk Money. A few of Alex‘s poems can be found in upcoming issues of the magazines Wildness and Sixfold, or on the blog Bottlecap Press. He is currently putting together a small chapbook. A great friend of the Gerund from year’s past, let’s get it together and get together for this real McCoy!

BONUS RUCKUS: Worcester College Consortium Hai-Clue Guess Challenge. Think you know Worcester, a city that’s got more places of higher learning than McDonalds? (or Denny’s at least, I’m not doing the research). Well, we’re gonna write 17 syllable Hai-Clues that honor Worcester colleges and Universities. If you can guess what school we’re talking about, you win a point, be the first to three points, well, you win a drink on us! Ain’t life grand?! Rumor has it the prodigal MATTY HUGHES will be back to paint live! SO MANY AWESOME NEW PEOPLE ON THE MIC this past Monday! Much respect to CRISTALEEZ, MARIA and BYLANISH for blessing our space with their enthusiasm and talent! DEADSTICK AND HAMBONE got the tunes. EMILEE’s got the snack! (thanks for filling in last week SANDRA BUSHNELL) YOSH, MIKEY & DORIAN got the rest! Join us!