Monday! April 9th – Double Shot of Portland Awesome w/ TINA “T-Love” SMITH & SARAH HERKLOTS! Musical Guest EGG, EGGS from Easthampton! Plus! Easter Egg Hunt DG Style!

POETRY FEATURES: TINA SMITH & SARAH HERKLOTS from Portland Maine, Tina Smith a.k.a. TLove, is a performance poet, community organizer, and activist in Portland. In 2009, Tina was a member of the Portland Slam Team and the first Individual Slam Champion for Portland. The same year, she co-published her first chapbook, Butch Poets: A Redefining of Masculinity and a Reclamation of Butch with local jazz poet, Lady Zen. The second edition will be published in 2012 along with Tina’s first solo chapbook, 14: Temperance. Currently, Tina co-hosts poetry writing and performance workshops and a weekly poetry open mic with musical accompaniment, Rhythmic Cypher at Slainte in Portland, Maine which features local, regional and national performance poets, musicians and the occasional travelling queer circus. As co-founder of The Poet Rising Project, Tina also offers poetry writing and performance workshops to youth in middle and high schools and at the Preble Street Teen Center. Her heroes are those who are brave enough to speak/be the truth and share the growing pains in front of an audience. She’s practicing to do as she says, not as she has always done…easier said. SARAH HERKLOTS Holds a BFA in performance and writing from New School. During her tenure in NYC she performed as a Stand Up Comic winning Grand Prize in the “Music is a Joke” reality competition at Stand Up New York. After moving to Portland, ME in 2010 she rediscovered her love of performance poetry and in under a year won multiple competitions culminating in her 2011 win of Portland’s Women of the World Poetry Slam Champ representative. She recently competed in the 2012 Women of the World Poetry Slam where she placed in the top 15. Come support our fellow NORTH BEAST Poetry Friends!

MUSICAL GUEST: How appropriate, smack dab after Easter Egg Hunt Festivities, we welcome EGGS, EGGS from Easthampton MA!members of this this musical collaborative collective of experimental indie noise art rockers are tripping out to Worcester for their first gig at Ralph’s Rock Diner! With limited edition vinyl release, The Cleansing Power of Fruit) under FEEDING TUBE RECORDS under their belt, these guys are ready to disregard our by-a-thread normative establishment with pulsing rhythms, quirky arrangements and awkward swag for days! Northampton is a hot-bed for engaging, eclectic sounds, and this is where these eggs are cracking from! Check out video at or peep the discography at!

BONUS RUCKUS – “HUNT EASTER EGGS!” Game Show challenge! Instead of hiding a bunch of eggs around Ralph’s Rock Diner, we’re gonna let you all scavenge yourselves with answers to questions about Ralph’s Diner, Dirty Gerund Trivia and maybe random crazy questions about poetry and the poets who make it. We’ll bring the easter eggs. In them will be little prizes. Maybe you’ll pick the one with money in it! Maybe a nip. Maybe some candy! Either way, this could get kinda hippity hoppity fun! Now let’s see how much these bunny costume rentals cost!

Duck Duct Tape Band! Greg’s throwing down as he throws musical notes back at ya! SNACKS? Please confirm with EMILEE MORREALE! Yosh and Chicken are counting the days until next time! Visual Artist Sorana Gatej killed it again last week! We’ll see if this Monday’s Visual Artist can keep the artistic vibes flowing! National Poetry Month is upon us. We’re getting mad requests to show up everywhere. It’s the month where people like us, the rest of the year is pretty rough. DIRTY GERUND has once again been awarded an Arts Council Grant from the City of Worcester! Me and Nick may be too busy poet-ing to pick up our gift certificate. If this man falls, who will pick up this flag? I mean, certificate?

We out!

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