Monday Sept 4th! Eight years in the FAKING, Dirty Gerund Anniversary w/ MARTIN ESPADA & LAUREN MARIE SCHMIDT!

This is our EIGHT YEAR ANNIVERSARY SHOW – 8 years ago, Nick & Alex agreed to take over a poetry reading in Worcester! We kept banging pots and throwing half baked pasta against the wall until we had what we have now! A national treasure? You decide! We’ll be at the bar!

DOUBLE POETRY FEATURE(S):  Called by Sandra Cisneros “the Pablo Neruda of North American authors,” Martín Espada was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1957. His latest collection of poems from Norton is called Vivas to Those Who Have Failed (2016). Other books of poems include The Trouble Ball (2011), The Republic of Poetry (2006), Alabanza (2003), Imagine the Angels of Bread (1996), and Rebellion is the Circle of a Lover’s Hands (1990). He has received the Shelley Memorial Award, the Robert Creeley Award, the National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award, the PEN/Revson Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. The Republic of Poetry was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His book of essays, Zapata’s Disciple (1998), was banned in Tucson as part of the Mexican-American Studies Program outlawed by the state of Arizona, and has been issued in a new edition by Curbstone/Northwestern University Press. A former tenant lawyer, Espada is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. 

Lauren Marie Schmidt is the author of four books. Her new collection of poems from Curbstone/Northwestern University Press is called Filthy Labors. Of this book, Sam Hamill says: “No one, I believe, has written with such delicate honesty and compassion about shelters for homeless (often abused) women…The range of her vision is exquisite, and the unity of the work is inspiring.” Other collections include The Voodoo Doll Parade (2011), Psalms of the Dining Room (2011), and Two Black Eyes and a Patch of Hair Missing (2013). Her work has appeared in such journals as The Progressive, North American Review, New York Quarterly, and Rattle. Her awards include the Vilcek Prize for Poetry from the Bellevue Literary Review, the So to Speak Poetry Prize and the Neil Postman Prize for Metaphor.  She received her MFA from Antioch University, served as a Poet in the Schools in Paterson, New Jersey, and now teaches English at Bay State Academy in Springfield, Massachusetts.

BONUS RUCKUS: THE ANNUAL MS DIRTY GERUND ANTI-PAGEANT – we think traditional beauty pageants are pretty terrible, so we’ve spent the last several years trying to honor fierce women (and those who identify) by creating a silly anti-pageant! We want to celebrate bad-assness in many of it’s forms without ball gowns and swimsuits, so here’s the deal. Three rounds. PANDER HAIKU – in 17 syllables, let us know how you feel about the Dirty Gerund. TALENT – 5 minutes to show off your stuff (poem, song, juggling, dramatic interpretation, whatever!) and INTERVIEW – After all these years, co-host NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS is still so full of childlike curiosity. He’s got some zany questions for you, be quick on your feet and impress us all with your wit! We’ll have secret judges planted through the audience. Winner will be crowned Ms. Dirty Gerund 2018, flowers, tiara, cash prize and all sorts of props!

We’re hoping for a cross generational house band for the evening! Visual arts, special snack and open mic! We will accept gifts in the form of dollars for the bucket!

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