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Monday, Jan 22nd! KFG from Grand Rapids MI! Plus IRON POET CHAMPIONSHIPS “Wonder vs. Lizzard!”

Posted in Uncategorized on January 19, 2018 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: KFG is a potpourri of queerness hatched from the Great Lake State.  An award-winning poet and spoken word artist who has been featured on NPR, worked with youth programs across the country; co-organized the re-installation of Slam Poetry in Grand Rapids, & was on the first team to represent the team at the National Poetry Slam in over a decade in 2017. KFG goes by “they” because most days they feel more like a planet than just one person.  They are perhaps too passionate about ice cream & feel most alive dancing like they’ve got no bones. One half of the “Unpacking Poetry Tour,” first time performing in Worcester, so let’s.go.

BONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET CHAMPIONSHIP, “WONDER vs. LIZZARD”! It’s the first title defense for new champion ASHLEY WONDER, and what better way to test her defense skills than pairing her with plucky upstart challenger and “Ruckuteer of the Year” NARK LIZZARD! You know how this goes, 2 poets, 3 rounds, 3 judges judging on 3 criteria, 1 trophy and 1 diabolical secret ingredient from the chairman!

This Saturday, the show pre-party is happening at Worcester Worcshop Speakeasy! with food by EMILEE, and performances by NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS, SHANE HALL and more! We’ll have more live arts, music, open mic and a ricecake alert get at EMILEE to volunteer snacks or else!


Monday, Jan 15th! Author KRYSTEN HILL from Boston! Plus the “State Your Business!” Writing Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 11, 2018 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: KRYSTEN HILL is an educator, writer, and performer who has showcased her poetry on stage at The Massachusetts Poetry Festival, Blacksmith House, Cantab Lounge, Merrimack College, U35 Reading Series, and many others. (photo credit: Jonathan Beckley). She received her MFA in poetry from UMass Boston where she currently teaches. Her work can be found or is forthcoming in apt, Word Riot, The Baltimore ReviewB O D Y,  Muzzle,  PANK, Winter Tangerine Review,  Take Magazine and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the 2016 St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award. Her chapbook, How Her Spirit Got Out, received the 2017 Jean Pedrick Chapbook Prize. Her chapbook is available through Aforementioned Productions and can be purchased here. Or head over to

BONUS RUCKUS: The return of the “STATE YOUR BUSINESS” Palm Pilot Writing Challenge! Sometimes we’re about business! This is a more refined form of the prompt & circumstance writing challenge. Competitors will receive a really random business card at the start of the show. Your challenge? Write a VERY short poem on the back of that business card, with the occupation as your prompt. Best short poem performance at halftime wins a beverage on us! 2017 DG Visual artist of the year, LAM NGUYEN begins her 2018 reign by dropping some excellent visual arts on us this monday. RICE CAKE ALERT contact us by Sunday afternoon to volunteer snacktime, or there will be RICE CAKES on the HORIZON! DG House band leader MARK LEIGHTON is always on the lookout for a few good musicians. Hit us up if you’ve got the musical dexterity to keep up. KEEP UP with us on Facebook! 2018 has been good to us thus far and we expect to keep burning down the house all winter!

Monday! Jan 8th! CHARLOTTE ABOTSI from Prov Slam! Plus! “I Re-solve” Hai-Clue Guess Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 6, 2018 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: A former Providence RI Youth Grand Slam Champion, CHARLOTTE ABOTSI has taken on a directorship role at her home  venue, the Providence Poetry Slam. There, she serves as a youth director, booking coordinator, and slam master. She has competed in several international slams, and placed in the top 20 at the 2016 Women of the World Poetry Slam. Charlotte is a 2017 Feminine Empowerment Movement Slam winner. She 1/2 of The Rush Hour Poetry Tour Collective, a collective demanding intersectionality at every avenue. Her poems have been written about in The Huffington Post and She is a poet and writer who lives in Providence.

BONUS RUCKUS: “Yeah, Resolutions are kinda cool,” Hai-Clue Guess Challenge! To be honest, we’ve already broken any possible resolutions that we’d even pay lip service to making, so let’s fake it up real nice and glib. We’ll have a whole new slew of 17 syllable clues about the things that most functional people do to try to make the new year, uhm, not as garbage as the last one! Your job, take a guess at what we’re talking about, win a point, first to three will win the heralded “drink on us” and up their game in the running for Ruckuteer of the Year 2018!

Expect MARK LEIGHTON to be back at the live band helm! GABRIELLE ROSE promises to bring the best in mandala live visual arts! Word has it there’ll be a Vinco holiday party upstairs, so things should be extra lively at the show this Monday! Stay warm(ish), as in, stay inside, until Monday that is! You may even receive that ruckusee award you won last week, but failed to appear to accept it. Failure! I can change the name on that certificate

Monday Jan 1st! Ring in 2018 w/ JAKE KILLAY book release! Plus the annual RUCKASEE AWARDS!

Posted in Uncategorized on December 28, 2017 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: Local wordsmith JAKE KILLAY, middle name Quin, initials of the face cards was born in 1993 in Athol Massachusetts the same year that Sad Sappy Sucker by Modest Mouse came out. In high school, he studied writing under the wicked famous Lori Lamothe to whom he caused much grief but is convinced that she secretly loves him. Went on to drop out of community college after 3 semesters. His poems have appeared in such publications as “non-existent” and “get it?” magazine. His new book Howard’s Soul Bleeds Red is actually an attempt to summon the devil who Jake believes resides in heaven and has been “dodging” him. The first draft of this book only managed to summon rain but it is his hope that this revised version will “do the trick”. His poems were once (one time) compared to Charles Bukowski, Mark Strand, Frank O’hara and Jim Morisson but Jake would rather not be compared to anyone (although he understands how references are useful in this context). Each piece, every line was strategically placed during the countless hours of the typing process where the author would get belligerently drunk to cope with his hatred of typing and scavenge through stacks of mangled notebooks and scrap pieces of paper while playing a $1 cassette of Roy Orbison’s Mystery Girl over and over again in the vacant room of a slum in Main-South Worcester Massachusetts. BONUS RUCKUS: The annual RUCKUSEE AWARDS! Who’ll be Ruckuteer of the Year? That and many other questions will be resolved as we bestow tiny plastic participation trophies on those we love and fear. Return of MARK LEIGHTON to House band? let’s hope! Fun, music, open mic and hangover stories a plenty this Monday night!

Monday December 25th! We’re open! ALEX CHARALAMBIDES features for a cause! Plus! RUCKUSY AWARDS 2017!

Posted in Uncategorized on December 22, 2017 by dirtygerund

RALPH’S OPEN’S AT 7 pm on Christmas! Had enough nog? Good. Head on down to the Gerund. 

POETRY FEATURE: ALEX CHARALAMBIDES, well you know who he is (we hope). Worcester Arts Council Fellow, multiple poetry slam teams, albums, chapbooks and tour stops to his credit! Alex is going to do two sets of work that you haven’t always seen at the Gerund before. Some old stuff, b-sides, maybe a cover and some new stuff thrown in for good measure! Bonus, all proceeds from the bucket will be donated to the 501(c)3 youth arts organization he co-founded and manages, Mass LEAP! Bring a few holiday dollars to throw into the pot to make sure young voices in Massachusetts will have more opportunities to shine in 2018!

BONUS RUCKUS: The annual “RUCKUSY AWARDS” – who will be Rucketeer of the year? Best new comer on the mic? Best shoe game? Chances are if you’ve attended a lot of Gerunds this year and brought something to our community, you’re a contender for a special award!

Will NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS find a ride from family x-mas dinner in Rhode Island to host the show, or will Alex have to introduce himself? Visual arts, house band, snacks by MIDNIGHT MUNCHIES, open mic and all the rest! Come sleigh some bells with us! Sleigh!

Monday Dec 18th! SlamFind’s MASON GRANGER from NYC! Plus! Holiday Party Name Tag Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on December 17, 2017 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: Originally from Philly, raised in Willingboro, and currently living in Queens NYC, MASON GRANGER has been a full-time member of the performance poetry trio The Mayhem Poets since 2005.  With a style that’s equal parts smart & smile, Mason gets his points across in a way that leaves audiences hopefully a little more knowledgeable and feeling a little better than when they arrived.  Mason is also the creator of SlamFind, the world’s first mobile app dedicated to performance poetry that allows poetry fans to discover & connect with live poetry venues and individual poets all over North America.  SlamFind poetry videos have been featured by The Huffington Post, Upworthy, Buzzfeed, Cosmo and many more.  Mason himself has been featured in magazines such as Vibe, Complex, Fader and Rolling Stone as a spokesperson for New Era Caps. First time performing in Worcester, so let’s turn out and turn up!

BONUS RUCKUS: THE HOLIDAY PARTY NAME TAG Writing Prompt Challenge: We know, tis the season to feel awkward trying to be social with people you only hang out with because they pay you. Well let’s step outta your reality and into some classic character from holiday season pop culture past! We hand you the name tag with the name filled out. You? Write a short poem from that perspective. Get a new persona! We heard your’s ain’t working out! Bah hum-hug!

Visual arts, musicians in the house! Snacks, open mic and all the rest! Let’s keep the winter burning!


Posted in Uncategorized on December 9, 2017 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: CHRISTIAN ARTHUR is a poet, recovery advocate, and community organizer currently living in Quincy, MA. He’s been published in the literary journals Meat For Tea and The Watermark, and in 2016 he competed on the UMass Boston College Poetry Slam Team. This past summer he participated in The Poetry Incubator, run by The Poetry Foundation and Crescendo Literary. Christian is currently an organizer for LOUDER THAN A BOMB MASSACHUSETTS Youth Poetry Slam Festival and also handles social media for Mass LEAP. First feature in Worcester, let’s hear it for him!

BONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET QUALIFIER – just who will be the first challenger to face the newly crowned IRON POET CHAMPION ASHLEY WONDER? Hit us up on facebook if you’re interested in competing this monday. You know the drill, create three original poetic concoctions based on one diabolical secret ingredient. Winner gets to challenge the champ in January! Visual arts, music, open mic and all sorts of pre-holiday fun to be had!