Monday Nov 21st! CHRYSANTHEMUM TRAN from Providence! Plus Give Thanks(?) Hai-clue Challenge!

POETRY FEATURE: CHRYSANTHEMUM TRAN is an emerging queer chrysand trans Vietnamese American poet, performer & teaching artist based in Providence, RI. In 2016, they became the first transfeminine poet to ever reach finals stage at the Women of the World Poetry Slam, ranking 12th among women slam poets. They are a three-time semifinalist at the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational, where they were awarded “Best Poet,” “Best Poem,” and “Best Writing By A Team” in 2016, and “Pushing the Art Forward” in 2015. They were also a member of the champion team for the 2016 Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam. Representing Providence Poetry Slam, they were a semifinalist at the 2015 National Poetry Slam. Above all, they constantly dream of Southeast Asian and southern fried cooking. http://www.chrysanthemumtran.com

BONUS RUCKUS: Give robbin’ banks of thanks hai-clue guess dgchallenge! Even though it feels like there’s almost nothing to be thankful about these days, even though we lost so much this past year, incredible artists, our collective mind, our national dignity, even though the upcoming holiday is painful for so many and founded on myths that hide the real history of atrocity towards native americans and the continued challenges to hold on to basic human rights amidst the corporate power grab… we at the Gerund wish to articulate the things we are still trying to find the words to be thankful for, even if it’s just a new reader on the mic, the energy to keep fighting and organizing, the comfort of friendship! We’ll spit 17 syllable hai-clues, you guess at what we’re talking about  and get a point, the first to three points wins a drink on us!

We’ll be back with the band, the visual artists (get at Nick if you’re interested) a yummers snack from Ms. EMILEE (thanks for hooking us up last week Todd!) open mic and the best in surly chat from staff YOSH, MIKEY & DORIAN! If you can’t wait for some good times at Ralph’s, check out Gerunder MATTHEW FLYNN’s THOUGHT BOMB SHOW this Saturday at Ralph’s! Really eclectic talent coming through! Until then….

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