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Monday May 27th! Award Winning CLIFF NOTEZ from Boston! Plus! Iron Poet Qualifier!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 23, 2019 by dirtygerund

FEATURED ARTIST: Boston, Massachusetts native, CLIFF NOTEZ is a musician, filmmaker, photographer, writer, and producer who has worked with Harvard University, MIT, Blavity, Allston Pudding, HubWeek, The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston University, RAW Art Works, and The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. He is the founder and co-owner of the media collective and production company HipStory in Boston and currently a professor at Berklee College of Music helping to design the first Hip-Hop BA program. In 2018, Cliff Notez won a Boston Music Award for “Best New Artist.” Cliff received his M.A. in Digital Media in 2016 from Northeastern University and his B.A. in Music & Psychology from Wheaton College. Cliff created his first band, The ValidDictorians in 2011, with which he self-produced and recorded 5 records to date, allowing him to tour the east coast and establish himself as a notable Boston emcee and musician. In 2017, he debuted his first narrative short film, Vitiligo which was accepted to 12 film festivals, a finalist, and winner of best short, including the March on Washington Film Festival, where he was honored alongside Ta-Nehisi Coates. Most recently, he released his first solo album, ‘When the Sidewalk Ends’ [available on Spotify & Apple Music] which explores themes of racism, oppression, black mental health, and identity.

BONUS RUCKUS: Iron Poet Qualifier – we’re gonna need two competitors to compete for a chance to dethrone the champ next month! Reach out to us if interested, or come to the show prepared to create three poetic concoctions in our long running game! ZEN CROSBY @radcouch will be our guest visual artist! More snacks, more live house band, open mic and (hopefully) outdoor patio fun on this holiday Monday!


Monday May 20th! ZENAIDA PETERSON returns to DG! Plus! State Your Bizness Writing Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 18, 2019 by dirtygerund

FEATURED POET: ZENAUDA PETERSON is a fire starter, a green witch and a queer of color who likes the wind chimes outside her window and baking gluten free things for her 6 housemates. Zenaida has competed in 4 collegiate and national poetry competitions placing in the top ten each time. Most recently Zenaida competed with Haley House Poetry Slam Team that took 3rd place at the National Poetry Slam. Co-founder and lead organizer for the first slam tournament for feminine people. (FEMS). She believes they are silenced to often. She also believes everything she hears so you shouldn’t lie to her. Zenaida unwrites the lies she’s been given. Zenaida also unwrites violence, misogyny, racism and her ancestors curses.

BONUS RUCKUS: THE STATE YOUR BUSINESS! Business Card Writing Challenge! We pick up business cards sometimes that have all this blank writing space on the back! Contestants will get a random ass business card at the beginning of the show. After the first half, whoever has the best new poem using the card as a prompt and writing surface will get a frothy free prize! Now that’s the business!

Super thanks to ADRIANA BUDUSKI for hosting second half of mic last week! Thanks to EDDIE LOVE for jumping last second to join Luke and Nick in the band! Visual arts this week by EMY PEACHY! House band will try again for the power trio of LUKE, NICHOLAS & JACOB (band name forthcoming!) Weather reports say possible thunderstorms, HOWEVER, may be warm enough and the clouds might behave to allow for our first outdoor show of 2019! Would appreciate help earlier in the evening, setting up the patio area, if we go outside, stay tuned on facebook!

Monday May 13th! JUSTICE AMEER from Providence! Plus Springtime “Hai-Clue” Guess Challenge in the air!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 10, 2019 by dirtygerund

FEATURED POET: JUSTICE AMEER is a poet and performer based in Providence, Rhode Island whose work explores the experience of being a Black trans woman in a post-racial and potentially post-apocalyptic America. Xe has competed and featured at various poetry venues across the nation. Xe is a Pink Door fellow, FEM Slam Champion, and two-time Providence Grand Slam Champion. Xyr work has been published in Glass Poetry PressPOETRY magazine, and The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic anthology.

BONUS RUCKUS: “Springtime is in the Air, HAI-CLUE” Guess Challenge! Warmer weather and allergens are in the air people! We’ll deliver some 17 syllable clues that have to do with the change in seasons! Your job? Take an educated listening stab at telling us just what the heck we’re talking about! First to guess three correct, gets a frosty drink on us!

Guest visual arts this week from GAB ROSEMARY @gabrielle.rosemary. House band will be a bit of a shake-up as we’re playing around with combos! We’ll have more snacks, more open mic, more of all you’ve come to enjoy and expect and respect and sing for!

Monday May 6th! MECCA MORPHOSIS from Baltimore! Plus Iron Poet Championships!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 2, 2019 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: MECCA MORPHOSIS has been performing poetry nationally since she graduated high school in 2015. She now teaches poetry poetry workshops at her alma mater through non profit Dewmore Baltimore. Mecca is a 3 time poetry slam champion (Brave New Voices 2016, Southern Fried 2017/2018 and ranked in the top ten at the Women of the World Poetry Slam Festival in 2018. She is the former youth poet ambassador of Baltimore and continues to do the work of providing free creative space for youth artists in her city.

BONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET CHAMPIONSHIPS “WONDER vs. BUDUSKI” – this is going to be a great matchup. ASHLEY WONDER has been one of our longest standing champions and faces a formidable challenge this month, as Dirty Gerund sponsored FEMS SLAM team member ADRIANNA BUDUSKI is primed to deliver the ruckus. Three rounds, three judges, three criteria for scores and ONE diabolical ingredient selected by Monday Bar Manager MIYA! Who will walk away with the crown?

GREEN JEANS is back at house band! CREEPY DOLL LADY (@thecreepydolllady) will be handling the live visual arts! Anyone want to volunteer a snack this Monday, hit us up! More open mic, more beverages, more great times to be had to kickstart your art week!

Monday April 29th! Local friend JOY POND book release feature! Plus “Emily Dickinson on Helium” Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 25, 2019 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: JOY POND is a Worcester County based poet/painter/singer and aspiring banjo player. She’s been writing and singing for many years, but recently let heartache fuel her art in a way of healing, rather than self destruction. She is dedicated to her use of words, and connecting with people through poetry. Letting those with emotional pain know that they are not alone. Joy will be celebrating the release of her debut chap-book “And so it goes”! We don’t always book local readers, but when someone has been working as hard and as joyously (pun intended) on their craft and is amped to get that work out into the world, we’re more than happy to help celebrate that!

BONUS RUCKUS: THE EMILY DICKINSON ON HELIUM CHALLENGE – our annual foray into the silly ponderings of what some of the most famous poets may have sounded like? We aren’t blessed with audio recordings of Emily’s work, so we thought we’d bring some poems and some inflated balloons and wonder what the alternative universe of sounds might like sound like. Best high pitched performance gets a drink on us!

AKIBA DAVIS & AARON LEDGER will be offering the sweet house band sounds! KING OF THE WEIRD is providing the live arts. We’ll have snacks and open mic and beverages and lots of fun! Can we have Gerund outside yet? Follow us on the instagram and youtube channels. Monday’s are where it’s at!

Monday April 22nd! KORALY DIMITRIADIS from Australia! Plus “Prompt & Circumstance” Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 17, 2019 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: KORALY DIMITRIADIS is a Cypriot-Australian writer and actor. She is the author of the Australian poetry bestseller Love and Fuck Poems and the recent Just Give Me The Pills, and together they form the basis for her theatre show “Saying The Wrong Things”. Koraly has also made a short film series of her poems called “The Good Greek Girl Film Project”. She is a freelance opinion writer and has also been published in The Washington Post.  (photo credit: Kaliopi Malamas Smaller)

Bonus Ruckus: The Return of the “PROMPT & CIRCUMSTANCE” Writing & Presentation Challenge! One of our favorite games is back as we bring in several random random RANDOM objects. Your task? Receive one at random. The object will then serve as both your writing prompt AND your writing surface. Best new poem born that night gets a frosty prize on us!

KING OF THE WEIRD may have a DG ZINE out soon! Make sure you follow us on Instagram and subscribe to our youtube channel! Word has it we have a snack time contributor for next week so look out! Is it summer yet? When can we play outside?

Monday April 15! SAPLING rocks the Dirty Gerund! Plus! Cover Poem Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 11, 2019 by dirtygerund

FEATURED ARTIST(S) – Central Mass based rock outfit SAPLING (photo credit @colemanrphotos) is pulling DOUBLE duty this Monday, as both our featured guests AND house band for the evening. These experimental post-punk, indie, art, rocksters are currently embarking on their first studio recordings sessions this summer and we’re raising some funds and ruckus to help get these songs on vinyl! Super friends of the Dirty Gerund RAINY MAPLE SUGAR CANDY, AMBER TORTERELLI AND JOHNNY SPAGHETTI CORDARO all play multiple instruments, have been playing stages throughout Massachusetts since 2016, and are taking names (on a mailing list of some sort we assume?). Bands they dig include Mclusky, Sebadoh, Mission of Burma, Shellac, Jesus Lizard, Minibeast, & Future of the Left. They’re about to be your favorite band, so check out some live tracks at and get hip!

BONUS RUCKUS: COVER POEM CHALLENGE – bring your favorite work by another author, sign up (we’ll take up to 6 performers) and deliver their lines like you wrote em! Best performance wins a drink on us (and maybe a selection from our library for you to use at the next cover challenge)!

Visual arts by @stikipictures! People, JOY POND needs a break, so we’re in an OFFICIAL RICE CAKE ALERT – someone write us on our facebook page to volunteer a snack this Monday, or else, you get the dreaded rice cake! Will this Monday finally bring us outside for our first patio show? Go sports team, I mean, go art outside team!