Monday 3/27 JOSHUA STEWART from Western Mass! Plus Visual Arts by BRET HERHOLZ!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 23, 2017 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: JOSHUA MICHAEL STEWART first full-length  collection of poems, Break Every String, was published by Hedgerow Books in April 2016. He has two chapbooks, Vintage Gray, published by Pudding House Publications in 2007, and Sink Your Teeth into the Light, published by Finishing Line Press in 2012. He has had poems published in the Massachusetts Review, Worcester Review, Euphony, Rattle, Cold Mountain Review, William and Mary Review, Pedestal Magazine, Evansville Review and Bluelin. You can’t help but respect the maker of these streamlined vehicles, for his guts and his unsentimental, vivid poems. – – – – –  Tony Hoagland

BONUS RUCKUS: TBD – Word has it that old friend BRET HERHOLZ will be back in town with his featured poet friend to zing some visual art canvases for us! Thanks to all who came out last Monday! Great night w/ new performers galore! DEADSTICK & HAMBONE on the music, EMILEE on the snacks! Get ready for some fun this week! YOSH, MIKEY & DORIAN are on everything else! Don’t forget FRIDAY NIGHT – NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS RECORD RELEASE PARTY

Monday 3/20 – DEONTE OSAYANDE from Detroit! Plus! Nick’s B-DAY Quiz Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 18, 2017 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: DEONTE OSAYANDE is a former track and field sprinter turned writer from Detroit, Mich. He writes nonfiction essays and his poems have been nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology, a Pushcart Prize and published in over 40 different publications. He has represented Detroit at multiple National Poetry Slam competitions and is currently the SlamMaster of Freshwater Wordsmiths. He’s a professor of English at Wayne County Community College, and teaches youth through the Inside Out Detroit Literary Arts Program. His first full collection of poems, entitled Class, will be available from Urban Farmhouse Press in 2017.

BONUS RUCKUS: It’s Nick’s Birthday Week! Let’s guess what the hell he’s poem-ing about challenge! He can’t take any more roasting TBH, so let’s pay a little (read: “little”) homage to the entire bruised body of NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS‘ poetry career! We’ll deliver lines from classic Nick poems, then we’ll give you three guesses as to what that poem’s actually about. Guess correct, get a point, get three points, you get a drink (one of Nick’s even). Let’s deconstruct his work, cause really, no poetry professor ever will 😉 THE REAL PARTY IS FRIDAY, MARCH 24th at Electric Haze with NICK (joined by DG house band DEADSTICK & HAMBONE and FRIENDS) plus an absurd cast of Worcester talent will be celebrating the man’s birthday in real time, while also celebrating the release of his new album! Meanwhile, this Monday! All hail new IRON POET CHAMP (JACKIE MORRILL), thanks to FAITH COLE for stepping in last Monday for snacks, CATERED BY EMILEE should be back at it this Monday. LIVE VISUAL ARTS BY SHANNON DONNELLY! YOSH, MIKEY & DORIAN got you for pretty much anything else you’d need at Ralphs Diner, even if it’s a gentle suggestion that maybe you’ve had enough already…

Monday, March 13th! AMIN DREW LAW from DC! Plus return of the Iron Poet!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 10, 2017 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: AMIN “Drew” LAW is a nationally touring Palestinian-American performer, Emcee, host and activist living in Washington D.C. Amin is a  three-time member of the D.C Beltway Slam team, five-time member of D.C’s Southern Fried slam team and 2015 DC poetry slam champion. As an avid advocate for Palestinian affairs Amin has performed and spoke at several Palestinian liberation events and protests including co-founding the “Poetry for Gaza” annual event. Amin has spoke at over numerous colleges including the University of  North Carolina, Georgetown, American University, and at the University of Maryland as a part of their Tedx talk on fearless ideas. Amin helped found  The Drawbridge Collective with writers, Elizabeth Acevedo, Pages Matam, Terisa Siagatonu and Clint Smith. He has read at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs and Split This Rock festivals respectively.  He has shared stages with artists Method Man, Redman, Pitbull, Biz Markie, Slick Rick, Sunni Patterson, Blaq Ice and Andrea Gibson. His new rap project, A Brief History of Dead Kings, is currently in the works and is slated to drop sometime in 2017.

BONUS RUCKUS: The return of the IRON POET CHALLENGE: It’s been a while. The title is currently vacated, so we’re going to bring two stalwart competitors to take the steps towards securing a champion once again. We get a secret ingredient from Ralph’s Diner staff at the beginning of the show, our poets have to create original haiku’s, short poems, then incorporate the ingredient into something they’ve presented before! We’ll select judges to score them on taste, presentation & use of the secret ingredient. After the numbers tally, we’ll have a winner! We got a sick trophy! DEADSTICK & HAMBONE brought some SHANE HALL fire power last week for extra bass! Dig SHANE HALL & Birthday Parties head down to RALPH’S THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 11st, for an amazing show! Otherwise, we’ll be back at it Monday with snacks, arts, and guest bartender, old pal CELESTE joining MIKEY & DORIAN for one night only! Even YOSH get’s a night off once in a while!

Monday, March 6th, ALEX McCOY returns! Plus Worcester College Consortium Hai-clue Guess Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 3, 2017 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: ALEX McCOY is a Cuban actor and theatre teachermccoy turned poet after graduating from Clark University in 2014. Born in Miami, and finishing out school in New England, he has since been living in Boston, performing at The Lizard Lounge and The Cantab Louge in Cambridge. Most recently, he has been free-styling with Hip Hop Improv group Milk Money. A few of Alex‘s poems can be found in upcoming issues of the magazines Wildness and Sixfold, or on the blog Bottlecap Press. He is currently putting together a small chapbook. A great friend of the Gerund from year’s past, let’s get it together and get together for this real McCoy!

BONUS RUCKUS: Worcester College Consortium Hai-Clue Guess Challenge. Think you know Worcester, a city that’s got more places of higher learning than McDonalds? (or Denny’s at least, I’m not doing the research). Well, we’re gonna write 17 syllable Hai-Clues that honor Worcester colleges and Universities. If you can guess what school we’re talking about, you win a point, be the first to three points, well, you win a drink on us! Ain’t life grand?! Rumor has it the prodigal MATTY HUGHES will be back to paint live! SO MANY AWESOME NEW PEOPLE ON THE MIC this past Monday! Much respect to CRISTALEEZ, MARIA and BYLANISH for blessing our space with their enthusiasm and talent! DEADSTICK AND HAMBONE got the tunes. EMILEE’s got the snack! (thanks for filling in last week SANDRA BUSHNELL) YOSH, MIKEY & DORIAN got the rest! Join us!

Monday Feb 27th, EMMANUEL OPPONG-YEBOAH from Boston! Plus Prompt & Circumstance!

Posted in Uncategorized on February 23, 2017 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: EMMANUEL OPPONG-YEBOAH is a Ghanaian emmanuelAmerican poet living out the diaspora in Boston (Massachusetts). He is both Black & alive. Emmanuel is the reviews editor for Winter Tangerine and an associate editor for Pizza Pi Press. He currently serves as the Walltalk Teaching Artist for the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. His work has been published in The Hartford Courant, Bird’s Thumb, & Narrative Northeast. Emmanuel deeply believes in Blackness as spectrum – Blackness as something transformative and subversive, even within a space of regulated nonbeing. He enjoys hot carbs, brightly colored chapbooks, and the long sigh at the end of a good book.

BONUS RUCKUS: Let’s try this again, Prompt & Circumstance Challenge. We didn’t have the items last week, so we audibled with the palm pilot challenge to no great shock or disturbance! We’ll do the fun writing challenge where the random object is both your prompt and writing surface! Crazy! CATERED BY EMILEE is snacking us up! We were so blessed to have former house band leaders playing together last week as SHANE HALL came outta retirement for a night! Fun! VOID SANS ANGE painted her heart out, but not enough bids for the auction guarantees that we’ll sell the work next week first thing! YOSH, MIKEY & DORIAN are the staff withthe mostest! They’re tip top so tip them! Can’t wait till Monday? Make sure you support NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS THIS FRIDAY NIGHT! as he pre-released songy poems from his upcoming album!

Monday Feb 20th! HIEU MINH NGUYEN from Minneapolis! Plus “Prompt & Circumstance”

Posted in Uncategorized on February 16, 2017 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: HIEU MINH NGUYEN is the author of This Way hieuto the Sugar (Write Bloody Press, 2014) which was a finalist for both a Minnesota Book Awards and a Lambda Literary Awards. A queer Vietnamese American poet, Hieu is a Kundiman fellow and a poetry editor for Muzzle Magazine. His work has also appeared in the Southern Indiana Review, Guernica, Ninth Letter, Devil’s Lake, Bat City Review, the Paris-American, and elsewhere. Hieu is a nationally touring poet, performer, and teaching artist. He lives in Minneapolis where he flails his arms and forgets to take his clothes out of the dryer. Check out some work at:

BONUS RUCKUS: The return of the “PROMPT & CIRCUMSTANCE” – that’s right folks! Competitors are given a totally random object that serves as your poem prompt AND writing surface! One of our favorite games might have a school theme, seeing as how teachers are on break and can come get down with their studious selves! DEADSTICK & HAMBONE will jam with you… on instruments! CATERED by EMILEE will serve up the freshest snack! YOSH, MIKEY & DORIAN should be able to take care of any other of your winter needs!

Monday Feb 12th! TROY CUNIO from Orlando, FL! Plus “Dead-End Dating Game, VDay Style!”

Posted in Uncategorized on February 10, 2017 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: TROY KODY CUNIO is an Orlando native. He troycuniorepresented that city in the 2016 National Poetry Slam. He has published 2 collections and numerous chapbooks of poetry, as well as various individual poems in online and print journals. Troy has performed at open mics, slams, punk shows, art museums, dance parties, and street corners all over the country.

BONUS RUCKUS: The DEAD END DATING GAME, V-DAY Edition w/ NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS. Wanna go on a date with DG co-host NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS. I don’t. (we’re already living in sin.) But you never know, catch him in the right light and he appears downright charming, if not anti-creepy. Here’s the deal, we’ll take date candidates who’ll answer off the wall questions, survey style, then we’ll call on some of the craziest voices in our community to answer your questions for you, so we can keep thing as anonymous as plausible. Winner get’s an all expenses paid date w/ Nick to redbox, or… you can just have a drink on us!

BENJAMIN BLACKBIRD is back and will be handling visual arts this weekend! We’re trying to get the snow outta the way early this weekend, so we can be dug out and you can dig on all the sounds from house band DEADSTICK & HAMBONE, the best in cocktails from YOSH & MIKEY and all the laughs that ensue when we pass the bucket around! SNACKS by CATERING BY EMILEE! (thanks for your service last week FAITH!)