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Monday Oct 24th! RACHEL KANN returns from LA! Plus Thed EDGAR ALLEN POPPERS Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 23, 2016 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: TEDx Poet RACHEL KANN is a modern-day rachmystic: irreverently reverent and exuberantly human. Her most recent work, The Upward Spiral, (a spoken word album with ambient electronica music,) is a collaboration with music producer Jaz 1 on the M87 record label. She’s a Write Club Los Angeles champ and resident writer for Hevria, where she is also featured as a performing artist on The Hevria Sessions. Her poetry has been featured on Morning Becomes Eclectic on NPR and as The Weather on the podcast phenomenon, Welcome to Night Vale. Her poetry and short story collection, 10 For Everything, is available from Orange Ocean Press. Her writing (poetry and fiction) also appears in journals such as Eclipse, Permafrost, Coe Review, Sou’wester, GW Review, Quiddity, and Lalitamba. You can find her work in anthologies including A Poet’s Haggadah, Word Warriors from Seal Press, His Rib from Penmanship Press, and Knocking at the Door from Birch Bench Press. She has three albums, The Upward Spiral, Ptolemaic Complex & Word to the WHY?s, and collaborates with producers such as Jaz 1, End.User, Tack-Fu, and conductor/composer Gee Gee Gallegos. To learn more or check out some work, get at

BONUS RUCKUS: THE EDGAR ALLEN POPPERS Performance Challenge! Why mess with the sauce when you can go right to the source! poeWe don’t have a fryalator at Ralphs Diner and as the creepy autumn time approaches on many Gerunder’s favorite holiday, we figured we explore soe work from one of the original gothic voices, EDGAR ALLEN POE, and are asking our contestants to read short snippets of his work. The creepy twist, you have to down a raw hot pepper before you do so! Now you can spit hot fire and some seeds. We’re probably gonna up the ante on prize this week! Bring the pathos!

LOS CRETIN from Factory of Terror Fame will be rocking some canvas arts for us this Monday! The band will be on point and we may be wearing extra layers if this weather keeps creepin! See you so sooon!

Monday! Oct 17th! KALEIGH O’KEEFE returns! Plus “Are you LISTENing?” Challenge

Posted in Uncategorized on October 16, 2016 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: KALEIGH O’KEEFE is a queer poet, visual artist, musician, photographer, designer, educator, and the only performer in Boston to host a series of open mics while wearing footy pajakaleighmas. During a three year tenure as President of The OFFICIAL MassArt Poetry Alliance (2013-2015), Kaleigh organized and hosted open mics, poetry slams, and special events, including Louder Than A Bomb Massachusetts. After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Academic and Departmental Honors, Kaleigh moved on to become a founding member of Strength of Doves Productions, an agency that represents activist spoken word artists and educators. As a multidimensional artist, Kaleigh consistently merges a love of poetry and visual arts in groundbreaking projects, such as organizing the first poetry showcase in The Bakalar and Paine Art Gallery, and creating art installation open mics at venues on the oceanfront and in the deep woods of Maine. Kaleigh’s work has been published in Oddball Magazine and Radius Lit Mag, and is forthcoming in University of Hell Press. Across mediums, Kaleigh finds meaning in the mundane, and confronts topics of gender and sexual identity, family, coping with loss in the modern world, sexual assault, and feminism, using a unique satirical humor that places life’s intricacies under a microscopic lens. When not behind a mic, you can probably find Kaleigh reading radical feminist comic books, or hanging out with cats.

BONUS RUCKUS: Bringing back the “Are You LISTENing?” well, uhm, listening challenge. We’ll write questions about the first half of the show. You ring in, answer them for points and win a beverage on us! More snacks from CATERED by EMILEE! Visual arts to be had, open mic to be had, house band to be rad! YOSH, MIKEY (especially this week, I’ll explain) and DORIAN, not to be had for the price of a cocktail. (I’ll buy a beer for anyone who get’s that movie reference tomorrow). Yay!

Monday Oct 10th – PORSHA OLAYIWOLA is back at the Gerund!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 7, 2016 by dirtygerund

Oh man! If you’ve not seen this artist….

POETRY FEATURE: PORSHA OLAYIWOLA is the 2014 Individual porshaWorld Poetry Slam Champion and 2015 National Poetry Slam Champion. She bested more than seventy of the highest ranked slam poets in the world to earn these titles and is now one of the most sought after spoken word artists on the national circuit. Black, poet, dyke-god, hip-hop feminist, womanist: Porsha separates herself from the field of issue-based performance poets by applying advanced political analysis to examine injustice while providing perspective on concrete solutions. A native of Chicago, Porsha now resides in Boston where she organizes, writes and teaches. In July 2014, Porsha co-founded The House Slam with poet Janae Johnson.  The House Slam is Boston’s first poetry slam venue.  Under the duo’s leadership, the venue placed first at their first national competition and placed third in their second competition in 2016.  As an educator, Porsha Olayiwola works as the Lead-Teaching Artist & Program Manager at Mass Leap, a youth literary porsha2organization . Porsha’s grand passion exist at the intersection of youth and poetry and as a result, her most profound moments exist when in the classroom or kicking back with a few youth poets. As an artist, Porsha challenges herself to tell the stories that are silenced, or erased, the stories that are difficult to release from the tip of our tongues, the stories that bring together communities, and maybe, in some small way, change the world. Her goal is maintain a cipher of self that is uncontrollable, undocumented and just plan ole dope. Check out the new website!

Been a crazy distracting week. We will try to share some more news on visual artist, snacks and bonus ruckus via social media! Hope to see you soon!

Monday Oct 3rd! indie-outlaw-country from JULIE CIRA! Plus! “The Great Debate Take 2” Poem Improv Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 29, 2016 by dirtygerund
SPECIAL GUEST FEATURE: JULIE CIRA, formerly known as Dead ciraLetter, traverses across Americana, lo-fi indie rock, and alt-country genres. Combining a healthy dose of grit with an appreciation for timeless song and poetry, Julie Cira delivers stormy, textured vocals over driving rhythms.
Formerly a vocalist and drummer in post punk bands, Julie started Julie Cira as a solo project when work brought her from her hometown of Baltimore to western Massachusetts. Suddenly alone in the country, she pursued a long-time dream of writing indie rock inspired alt-country songs (or vice versa) and officially launched Julie Cira in 2015. She is currently working on a collection of harmony-driven songs with keyboardist and vocalist Kathleen Mahoney, whom she met while volunteering for Girls Rock Campaign Boston. In winter 2016, Julie and Kathleen were joined by Nadia Elle Levin and Ruune. Femme fatale and punk at heart, Julie Cira turns struggle and heartbreak into siren songs for those who seek a better world. They released their first EP in July 2016! dig these tracks!
BONUS RUCKUS: “THE GREAT DEBATE TAKE 2” Poem Improv debateChallenge! Ok, check it. We weren’t entirely happy with last Monday’s debate. (and not just because it ran during our show, leaving our crowd a bit more depleted than normal). We just feel like these candidates can do better to call on the great voices of our poetic past and present to explain their dreams and set their vision! So here’s how it’s gonna go. We’re gonna take classic lines from poems, jumble them together, hand several lines to our contestants, then we’re going to stage our own debate, taking questions from the usual channels, pose them to you, and you get to answer by quoting one of these classic lines. Bonus points for major candidate impersonations (past and present). Win the debate, win a celebratory drink on us to wash the victory down!
AMBER TORTERLLI is handling the visual arts! We felt bad about that dgrice cake alert real life realization, but shit’s real, you know? EMILEE should be back at the special snacks! Red Sox are in the playoffs again and Alex couldn’t be more excited. Speaking of playoffs, we need 4-8 stalwart poets who wish to take part in a run off playoff, winner take all Iron Poet Championships! YOSH, MIKEY & DORIAN are dying from the suspense, actually, like all of us, they’re dying because of time, and fun life choices! Maybe the last outdoor show of the year, ya hear?

Monday Sept 26th! Alt-Noise-Rap band MOODIE BLACK from Minneapolis! Plus! Magic the Gathering Prompt Challenge! RICE CAKE ALERT!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 22, 2016 by dirtygerund

MUSIC FEATURE: MOODIE BLACK on a national tour in support of moodieblacktheir latest self titled EP, marks the band’s debut release on Fake Four. A band birthed in the deserts of Arizona, forged by a friendship since childhood, Moodie Black (formerly GAHEDiNDIE) have been blazing a trail in the the unfamiliar and exciting world of noise rap for the last several years. Moodie Black’s EP arrives two years after the most recent full-length album, Sana Sana, earned them public attention as pioneers and innovators of hip-hop. On the five-track album, Moodie Black have resurfaced with the most polished and mature genre-melting material to-date. Preserving the beautiful and devastating noise for which the duo is best known, they have placed an emphasis on mood and melody that speaks volumes of the ever-evolving and innovative nature of the band. The band’smoodie2 front, K. (C.Martinez), takes a commanding approach to emceeing and production in this newest release. A very capable lyricist and live performer, K. puts his penchant for original lyrics and monstrous production in the spotlight, stepping out as one of the most unique vocalists and producers in the scene today. The beats are pulsating, expansive, dark, tribal, yet contemporary and industrial. Synths and pulsating drums meet distortion and Robert Smith-esque hooks. Moodie Black make no apologies for their unorthodox approach to every aspect of the sound and live performance.

BONUS RUCKUS: MAGIK THE GATHERING Writing Prompt magicChallenge: NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS gets these ideas and sometimes he calls it on stage, and sometimes we just go with it and trust that the inspiration will take us to a place we don’t mind going. This Monday, Nick will offer participants Magic the Gathering Cards that are blank on the back. You’re job? Write a poem using the image as a prompt. That simple. Best new poem wins something. Maybe Nick will think of a prize by then. (end passive aggressive passage). Fun!

RICE CAKE ALERT! EMILEE MORREALE has spent entirely too muchricecake time offering us the best in snacks all summer! Your turn, community! Please respond to the facebook invite or write Emilee directly by Sunday afternoon to volunteer some noms or else!!! Ya’ll get the dreaded saltless, generic, paper tasting rice cakes from Price Chopper. And don’t say we would never, cause we have! Looking for a few good poets to join the iron poet fracas, tournament style, we’d like to get 4-8 signed up soon so we can bracket and find our next champion! stART on the Street this Sunday! Gerund Monday (hoping for an out door bon voyage to summer) let’s get crispy! YOSH MIKEY & DORIAN got pumpkin carving on the brain!

Monday, Sept 19th! 2015 7 Hills Slammer COLIN KILLICK! Plus! Rush’s 90’s Music Hai-clue Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 14, 2016 by dirtygerund

These past 7 years have been amazing everyone! Thanks to everyone who made out anniversary shine shINe SHINE! We venture fourth into our 8th year!

POETRY FEATURE: COLIN KILLICK is a poet and community colinorganizer based in Somerville, MA. His work has been published in Freezeray and Oddball Magazine, and he’s featured at venues including If You Can Feel It,You Can Speak It, Stone Soup, and The Lizard Lounge. He was a member of the 2015 Worcester 7 Hills team at the National Poetry Slam. When not performing poetry, he advocates for the civil rights of people with disabilities, and obsesses needlessly over the wording and tone of his bio.(photo by Marshall Goff)

BONUS RUCKUS: That 90’s Hai-clue Guessing Game Show bbdChallenge! Good friend and DG founder RUSHELLE FRAZIER knows the 90’s and still rocks out to the music. She’s agreed to compile, create and deliver 15 original hai-clue’s to 3 stalwart competitors this Monday night. Your job, is to name that band or solo performer. Guess correct, get a point. Guess wrong, lose a point. First to three points wins a drink on us and maybe my NKOTB fan mail newsletter from 1990. If, IF you’re lucky.

Ralph’s Rock Diner Worcester, MA April 23, 2012

Going to stART on the Street this Sunday? You oughtta! Hope to see you there! We’ll see what’s in store for snacks and visual arts this week! Along with YOSH, MIKEY and DORIAN, we all hope to see you and be outside this Monday! It was incredible to see JEFF CANNON this Monday, our valued community friend and mentor is experiencing some health challenges. We have a LIST of very doable, low impact ways that we might all be able to pitch in and help while he’s recovering. Private message me at and I will share. THANKS!

Monday Sept 12th! DIRTY GERUND 7th ANNIVERSARY w/ Chicago’s DR. EVE EWING! Plus! Ms. DG PAGEANT

Posted in Uncategorized on September 7, 2016 by dirtygerund

That’s right! SEVEN YEARS in the faking, merry making, cookie baking, question taking, records (LP) breaking, ground shaking, conservatives quaking, and my goodness saking! Since September 2009, NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS and I have been ringing every bell we can find to get people to give us weekly art attacks! Ya’ll have made our Monday dreams come true. We promise SEVEN MORE (weeks? yeah, at least)! Let’s go!

POETRY FEATURE: the return of DR. EVE EWING. Eve is a sociologist of eveeducation whose research is focused on racism, social inequality, and urban policy, and the impact of these forces on American public schools and the lives of young people. also an essayist and poet. Her first collection of poetry, essays, and visual art (photo credit RJ Eldridge), Electric Arches, is forthcoming from Haymarket Books in fall 2017. Her work has been published in many venues, including Poetry Magazine, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Nation, The New Republic, Union Station, and the anthology The Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. She has been a Pushcart Prize nominee, a finalist for the Pamet River Prize, and a scholarship recipient for the New Harmony Writers Workshop. She currently an editor and staff writer for the website Seven Scribes. She also co-directs Crescendo Literary, a partnership that develops community-engaged arts events and educational resources. Eve is one-half of the writing collective Echo Hotel, alongside Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib. She loves her family and friends, music, art, cartoons, traveling, reading, and food (especially fried chicken and carne asada tacos).

queenBONUS RUCKUS: The annual M(s). DIRTY GERUND PAGEANT: We realize we’re a bunch of dopey dudes, hosting this show. We think beauty pageant’s are incredibly sexist, asinine and reflective of a patriarchal society that we wish to smash! The Ms. Dirty Gerund Pageant means to shine a light on the incredible women in our community. Whether ball gown, or martial arts gi, scuba gear or hero cape, we host this pageant, offering DIY punk tiaras and sashes and cash, to the contestant who best brings it to our stage! Categories include TALENT (rock a poem, bring your craft and tell a story, juggle, flip drunk dudes over your shoulder). PANDER DG HAIKU (like most men, Nick & I are quite insecure, your haiku honoring the show let’s us know we’re maybe doing okay as humans). INTERVIEW (Nick has so many questions, be quick witted and win! Let’s put on a true pageant! Let’s change the narrative people! Dress to impress…. but only if it brings you joy.

ANA SOL PEREZ for the original visual art win! EMILEE for the alwaysana snack win! (hope Poppy finds you soon friend!) Thoughts are with JEFF CANNON during a difficult health time. We’ll be in touch soon with ways the community can help pitch in. We told YOSH its been 7 years and he shed a tear (not sure why… joy? yeah, must be joy…) MIKEY & DORIAN came on board later (because the large crowds at the Gerund CREATE JOBS! take that trumpf!) House band…. activate!