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Monday August 13th! Comic WES HAZZARD from Boston! Plus! Iron Poet Qualifier!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 10, 2018 by dirtygerund

FEATURED ARTIST: A New England native, WES HAZARD has been named as one of “5 Boston Comedians to Watch” by The Boston Globe Magazine. A writer and storyteller as well as comedian, Wes brings wit, energy and honesty to the stage, qualities that have made him a regular performer in Boston venues as well as at The Boston Comedy Festival and The Women in Comedy Festival. Wes is a multiple-time winner on The Moth StorySLAM stage and he’s appeared as a guest on the Comedy Bang! Bang! Live! podcast and The Story Collider podcast. His debut humor book Questions For Terrible People was published by Simon & Schuster in 2016, and in 2017 he was awarded a New England Emmy for his hosting work on CBS Boston’s The Secret Worlds of Boston Comic Con. He currently co-hosts the national storytelling television program Stories From The Stage on PBS and in 2018 he appeared on Jeopardy!, becoming a 3-time champion.

BONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET QUALIFIER – we’re looking for two DG regulars who’d like a shot at taking the title away from current champ ASHLEY WONDER next month! We present the secret ingredient at the start of the show to two challengers. You’ll have approximately one hour to whip up an original haiku, short free form poem and incorporate ingredient into something you’ve done on our stage before! We’ll compete at half time of the show and hand the winner a bunch of glory along with their title shot!

Congrats to NARK, ADRIANA, VOID & GAB on qualifying for FEMS SLAM finals. August 20th will be our next and least open slam where 4 feminite identified folks will earn an opportunity to represent the Dirty Gerund at the 2018 FEMS Slam Festival in Cambridge! Join us for open mic, music, live art and all the rest this Monday! (weather permitting we’re outside all summer!)



Monday August 6th! OPEN POETRY SLAM for October FEMS Festival in Cambridge!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 2, 2018 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: OPEN QUALIFYING POETRY SLAM for FEMININE EMPOWERMENT MOVEMENT NATIONAL FESTIVAL! FEMS is a community based, grassroots initiative that aims to be radically accessible. Radical accessibility looks like welcoming people of all ages, incomes, using venues that are wheelchair accessible, creating affinity space, using language that is gender inclusive and engaging with our community to make our spaces better. We aim to provide financial accommodations for any team that cannot afford the fees. As a grassroots initiative we rely on our community for support and hope that you will consider sponsoring a team today! This slam is being organized by queer femmes of color and accepting help lovingly from non-feminine people from the community. Check out the registration tab for volunteer and hosting forms.  Email us if you would like to be on our organizing team!

Who is this for? People who identify as feminine including but not limited to Queer femmes, GNC femmes, two spirit individuals, trans femmes, trans women and cis women who identify as feminine and all the other identities feminine people hold at intersections. We do not prescribe what feminine means or subscribe to the narrow definitions of what a feminine person looks like. See our FAQs for more info and feel free to email us questions you have! More than just a tournament this is a festival, a movement. Before, during and after the tournament we are creating space for feminine voices by holding slams, writing workshops and socials for people who want to find teammates and community. Like us on Facebook  for information about our local events!

Email us for questions: or learn more at the website

This year THE DIRTY GERUND POETRY SHOW is sponsoring a Worcester team to represent our community at the Festival, happening in Cambridge, October 19th-21st. We will pay registration fees, cover travel and offer poetry slam coaching sessions, if the team selected team chooses to accept that support. Poets who identify as femme, bring two poems, 3 minutes in length, (no props, costumes, or musical accompaniment. Top 4 poets will qualify for finals on September 3rd (DG’s Anniversary Show). There will be a second qualifying poetry slam on August 20th).  

We ask that competing poets do not sign up for the open mic this night, as we may be hosting the open mic in it’s entirety, followed by the poetry slam competition.

Monday July 30th! CRYSTAL VALENTINE from New York City! Plus! Charity Fundraiser for Youth Poetry!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 26, 2018 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: Born and raised in the Bronx, CRYSTAL VALENTINE is a writer, activist and educator. She earned a B.A in psychology at NYU, where she is returning as a MFA candidate in Poetry. Crystal is a Callaloo fellow, the two-time winner of the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational, the 2015 NYC Youth Poet Laureate, and the 9th ranked woman poet in the world by way of the 2016 Woman of the World Poetry Slam. She recently placed 2nd at the 2017 National Poetry Slam festival with the Brooklyn poetry slam team. Crystal’s work has been featured on programming for MSNBC, Blavity ,The Huffington Post, BET and more. She was Glamour Magazine’s 2016 College Woman of the Year, Teen Vogue’s “Rising Young Black Thought Leaders And Trailblazers,” and is the author of her first book, Not Everything is a Eulogy. When she isn’t performing, Crystal can be found leading youth workshops at Harlem Children’s Zone and Urban Word NYC. Ultimately, she aims to make her poetry a sanctuary for all identities of the African Diaspora. She uses her platform to spread joy and self-love by advocating for her community, and documenting and humanizing their lived experiences as people of color in America. Visit her at

BONUS RUCKUS: Beard “Shave the Date” raffle! To support youth arts non profit Mass LEAP, Malt Shlitzman and Alex Charalambides are donating their beards to lucky(?) raffle contestants. Buy a ticket, win a chance to shape the beards of these poets. Money goes to support a new initiative to develop a youth spoken word poetry leadership program in Worcester!

Monday July 20th, MYLES TAYLOR from Boston! Plus IRON POET CHAMPIONSHIPS!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 20, 2018 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: MYLES EM TAYLOR is a Boston based non-binary student, poet, organizer and glitter enthusiast. They hail from the Emerson Poetry Project where they’ve served as president, slam master and 3 time team representative at the College Union Poetry Slam. They went on the win “Best Poem” at the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational and represented the Boston Poetry Slam at the Cantab Lounge at Nationals in 2017. Their work examines gender, neurodivergency, and the intersections between the two. They’re editor in chief for CORRIDORS Magazine and Assistant Poetry Editor for Concrete Literary Magazine, with publication credits in Crab Fat Review, Beech St. Review & Slamfind. Follow them at @mylesdoespoems on Twitter.

BONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET CHAMPIONSHIPS: “WONDER vs. LYS ANNE” Our defending champion, ASHLEY WONDER returns to the Gerund to defend her title vs. super talented upstart, LYS ANNE. Competitors will produce 3 poetic concoctions at the show, based on one diabolical secret ingredient, and present them after the first half of the mic and feature!

Who’s bringing the snacks? We’ll have live music, visual arts and the longest open mics we’ve ever seen in our almost 9 years of bedlam! We should be outside! Stay hydrated!

Monday, July 16th! Northampton Poetry Slam Team visits! Plus! “Drunk Text or Poem?” Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 11, 2018 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: The 2018 Northampton Poetry Slam Team will compete at the National Poetry Slam in Chicago, IL this August. They’re team consists of: Cori Stenning-Barnes, Huimin Wan, Rowan Indigo, and Tara Jean Bernier. Three of the four team members will be competing at NPS for the very first time, and we’re excited to hear some fine, new work from out west. Northampton Poetry Slam & open mic takes place every Tuesday Night. We strongly encourage you all to take a trip out some time!

BONUS RUCKUS: The “Wait, is that from a drunk text, or from a poem?” Listen & Guess Challenge! One of our favorites, Nick will cull the internet in search of dazzlingly (hiccup)! deep and prophetic lines, both from popular poems and from his own inbox, to share in his best spoken word delivery voice? We’ll take three competitors. Your job? Take a best guess and tell us whether that beautiful metaphor was penned by a poetic great, or screen shot from a n’er do well with a tmobile account and no friends to tell them to publish that ish! Guess correct. Get a point. Get three points, get a cold, frothy prize on us!

Shout out to JOE M for making snacks happen this past week! Great job to guest house band MEAN SPIRIT, you can catch them at Woochella festival this weekend. We’ll have more open mic (please sign up at 8pm, we’ve nearly doubled our open mic list size in recent weeks) as we’re trying to start this show at 8:30pm sharp! Join us on the patio!

Monday July 9th – RYK McINTYRE New Book Release! Plus! The Dog Days of Summer Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 6, 2018 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: RYK McINTYRE has been a legendary presence on the New England poetry scene for decades. He has toured extensively around the continental United States and Canada, appearing at countless poetry venues, festivals and house parties. He has been published widely, most notably, in The Worcester Review, Off the Coast, Short Fuse- An Anthology of New Fusion Poets, and Aim for the Head – An Anthology of Zombie Poetry. His second full length collection of poetry, “The Man at the Door” (Broken Head Press) was recently released and this will serve as Worcester’s book release party! Ryk is breaking his own record for Dirty Gerund Features, and he never disappoints! Come thru!

BONUS RUCKUS: Dog Days of Summer Challenge: Earlier than usual, we’re feeling this heat and want to give gerunders the opportunity to rant at the thermometer like we know you can. Bring your best original poem about summer or dehydration or sun burns or gross portopoties at the music festival and let the rage fly! Best poem as decided by the audience get’s a cool beverage of wash down that fire!

SAMI WISELL will be our guest visual artist this Monday and will be bringing some art to showcase, so bring those art buying dollars! I believe someone volunteered snacks, but you know we forget, please remind us! More information soon about Dirty Gerund sponsoring a poetry slam team for FEMSLAM this fall! If you’re looking for a fun poetry field trip soon and want to support youth poets, the 2018 Brave New Voices Youth Poetry Slam Team will be competing against the House Slam Boston adult poetry slam team on July 14th at Makeshift Boston! Get tickets for SQUAD UP! and watch the brilliance! Road trip! Let’s go!!!!

Monday July 2nd! LULU HAWKES BONVOYAGE FEATURE! Plus Holiday Pie-klue Face Dunk Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 28, 2018 by dirtygerund

LULAMA MOYO (aka LULU HAWKES) is a Clark alumni. She gained a B.A. in International Development and Social Change in 2016, and in 2017 she  graduated from the Accelerated Master’s Degree program where she studied Community Development and Planning. Using her academic career to explore her passion of education development, she focused on access advocacy, decolonizing the classroom and curriculum, and African Diasporic achievement. As a nationally competitive slam poet, and visual artist, Lulama has also utilized art as a vehicle for education and social change. She has had works published in newspapers, and academic journals such as the Journal of Progressive Human Services. Lulama has facilitated writing and performance workshops for elementary, middle school, and high school students in different parts of New England, focusing on art as a means of social justice. She has also run art expression workshops in Eastern Cape, South Africa. Lulama formerly worked at the Worcester Youth Center where she built curriculum and ran three major programs, one of which was a a social justice oriented arts workshops for youth ages 14-18. This experience was a source of light that motivates her to continue working hard for young people. She currently works more behind the scenes in education advocacy as a Grants Coordinator and Teacher Support Specialist for ASSISTments which is an organization operating under Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Lulama remains to be a diligent community organizer and activist dismantling the legacies of white supremacy. Her socially conscious writing style encompasses a longing for her home culture as well as a deep love letter to the diaspora. Bitter-sweetly, Lulu will be leaving Worcester to pursue new opportunities and we will miss her excellent words, so it’s doubly vital we hear them this Monday!

BONUS RUCKUS: Holiday Pie-Clue Face Plant Challenge! Is our excuse to get a little messy outside! America digs gluttony, so we thought we’d insert some dessert themed haikus at the bottom of pies. Contestants need to face plant, risk sugar comas and read their haiku out loud. We’ll time it. Whoever finishes fastest, get’s a drink on us to wash down all that shame, I mean, fame. Bring your own moist towelette! BENJAMIN DAVIS will be rocking the visual arts! We could use a snack volunteer! Worcester fire works will also be starting around show time, so , you know… finally. ALSO NOTE: We’re going to try to begin the open mic at 8:30pm as these mic lists have been filling up ever so quick! Be there at 8pm to assure yourself a spot!