THIS MONDAY 6/14/10 – DIRTY GERUND FEATURES JAMAAL “Versiz” MAY from DETROIT! Plus – “Dog Days of Summer” Poetry Challenge!

This week the DG is EXTRA LOUD & PROUD to present JAMAAL Vs MAY, incredible poet, performer, producer and recording artist from Detroit, MI. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Indiana Review, Atlanta Review, Verse Daily and The Collagist among other magazines and anthologies. See him perform HERE! He has received a Pushcart nomination, an International Publication Prize from Atlanta Review and a Cave Canem Fellowship. Jamaal is 2007/2008 Midwest Regional Poetry Slam Champion and two-time Individual World Slam finalist. He is an MFA candidate at Warren Wilson College and teaches poetry in public schools through the Inside Out Literary Arts Project. His first chapbook “The God Engine” was published by Pudding House Press in 2009. Production and engineering credits include The Last Poets, Dead Prez and The Four Tops. He’s toured all over the map, including high profile venues like the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Bowery Poetry Cafe & Bar 13 in NYC, Cantab Lounge in Boston, and the Green Mill in Chicago. I’ve been a huge fan since 2005 and HIGHLY RECOMMEND ya’ll come out in force for this one!!! Don’t believe me? FINE! Check out a link of Jamaal Featuring in Toronto HERE!

BONUS RUCKUS – “Dog Days of Summer Poetry Challenge!” okay, so we haven’t really hit the crazy sweaty, heat wave, brown out, “oh my, I’ma a kill somebody” heat yet. But its always fun to anticipate! Bring us your best writing on heat, summer, vacation, lack of AC, swimwear and take a shot at winning a slip n slide or other summer related prize pack to help you get through the next few months! One round. We’ll pick a few judges from the audience, etc. etc.

WE HAD A GREAT GERUND THE OTHER NIGHT! NEW READERS! SUPERB IRON POET MATCHUP w/ BOBBY beating Mareh by slight margin, BADASS FEATURE FROM COLE RODRIGUEZ! BOMB ASS GUEST BAND DOCTOR DINOSAUR and of course TICKLEBOMB kicking the jams alongside poets with guest drummer Greg McKillup HOLDING IT DOWN! BABYLON! SHANE HALL & TBO will be back to give us our crossover music poetry art FIX. YOSH AND CHICKEN ARE HAPPY TO BE IN THE US BUSINESS! BRING SOME FRIENDS THIS MONDAY. WE PROMISE ABSOLUTE EPIC-NESS!!!

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