Monday, Sept 3rd, poet JEREMY RADIN from Los Angeles! Plus! The “Labor Day Factotum Jobbin Jobs” Hai-Clue Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 31, 2018 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEAUTURE: JEREMY RADIN is a poet, actor, and teacher. He’s appeared on several television shows including It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, CSI, ER, and Zoey 101, in films such as Terrence Malick’s The New World and Wrestlemaniac, and in many plays. His poems have appeared in Gulf Coast, Grist, SideKick Lit, Cosmonauts Avenue, Nailed, Sundog Lit, Union Station, Winter Tangerine, and elsewhere. He teaches acting at The Beverly Hills Playhouse. He is the author of two collections of poetry, Slow Dance with Sasquatch (Write Bloody Publishing) and Dear Sal (not a cult press). He lives in Los Angeles with his four plants and refrigerator. Follow him @germyradin

OUR job is to throw the best arts party this side of Interstate 495! (which side, you ask? Well if you have to ask…. Visual artist for this Monday (according to booker Nick, “this dishwasher from my work might do it”…) Everyone’s doing their job! work work work work work.
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Monday August 27th! Comic LAURA CLARK from Boston! Plus! Prompt & Circumstance Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 24, 2018 by dirtygerund

FEATURED PERFORMER: LAURA CLARK is a stand-up comedian and writer living in Boston, MA. She directs, writes and performs with sketch team The Dowry, who were named ImprovBoston’s Outstanding Ensemble of 2010. She’s also a dog walker. Writer highlights include: Gorefest 9: Massacre General Hospital The Dowry Presents: Out on the Town, UnBadass: Pathetic Tales of Attempted Rebellion, Love Seasonally: The 10th Annual ImprovBoston Holiday Spectacular The Ruckus: We Work With Our Hands Stand-up highlights include: Boston Improv Festival, 2010-2011, Women in Comedy Festival, 2010-2011, North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival 2011, The GAS at Great Scott & The Comedy Studio. Laura featured on our stage a few years back and we’re psyched to welcome her back, closing our August with some yucks!

BONUS RUCKUS: PROMPT & CIRCUMSTANCE – we’ll take 4 or 5 competitors who are willing to accept our half time challenge! We give you an item which serves as your writing prompt (easy enough) but also your writing surface (not quite as easy)!

Join us out on the patio, weather permitting for poetry, music, live visual arts, snacks (we hope) open mic and fun!

Monday 8/20! 2nd OPEN QUALIFIER – FEMS SLAM – Rep Worcester at FEMS Festival this October!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 20, 2018 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: Second 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: femstournament@gmail.com or learn more at the website http://femslam.com/

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 in early September. 

We humbly 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 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. http://weshazard.com

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: femstournament@gmail.com or learn more at the website http://femslam.com/

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 crystalvalentine.com.

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!