Monday! Nov 12th! Taylor Liljegren Book Release! Plus, Iron Poet Qualifier!

POETRY FEATURE: TAYLOR LILJEGREN is a poet and educator from Lunenburg, Massachusetts. She received her undergraduate degree in English Literature and Secondary Education from Lesley University, and is a candidate for her Masters in English Literature through the Breadloaf School of English at Middlebury College. Her work has previously been published in Best Indie Lit New England, Vol 2, (Black Key Press) as well as Nixes Mate Review: Anthology 2016-2017. SlapstickĀ – The Lucy Poems (“invites us into the intimate life of Lucy Ball-Riccardo”) is her first published book of poetry ( and we’re beyond excited to celebrate it’s release in Worcester! Taylor currently teaches English and coaches slam poetry at Lexington High School. She was an anchor member of the 2010 and 2011 Worcester Youth Poetry Slam Team which advanced to semi-finals that the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam. While very literate, she’s still pretty metal!

BONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET QUALIFIER: ASHLEY WONDER is STILL champion! Who, we ask, who DARES to approach the nerve it might take to challenge her triumphant reign next month? Well, we will accept two open mic regular challenges who have the gall to compete. Three rounds, three judges, three scoring criteria and one diabolical secret ingredient, will make our half-time show sizzle like the tastiest steak! Get at us if you want a shot at greatness! (NOTE: actual greatness NOT guaranteed by the Dirty Gerund Poetry Show Staff, Organizers, Ralph’s Diner, Audience or anyone who comprehends words, sorry, you could be great, but we’re protecting ourselves from lawsuits, you understand, you don’t? oh well…) just by reading this, you’ve waived any such claim… nooooge!

Visual artist DWAYNE GLAVE (check his stuff on instagram, @guitars_n_gang_signs) returns to create live at the show! We’ll have more music, more open mic, more amazing burgers and cheap drinks and dang it, bring some $$$$ to buy some books from our special local based guest super star author! Oooooh! shout out to MAYA for making copies of our new amazing flier designed by LUKAS THERIEN! Grab one to paste on your boss’s office door! Yes on everything!


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