Monday Oct 22nd! EMILY O’NEIL new book Worcester Release! Plus! IRON POET Championships!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 18, 2018 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: EMILY O’NEILL teaches writing and tends bar in Boston, MA. Her second poetry collection, a falling knife has no handle, is out this fall from YesYes Books. Her debut poetry collection, Pelican, was the inaugural winner of YesYes Books’ Pamet River Prize for women and nonbinary writers, as well as the winner of the 2016 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Series in Poetry. O’Neill is also the author of four chapbooks, most recently baby on bar from Ghost City Press. Her recent poems, stories, and essays have appeared in CutbankGrammaPinwheelRedividerSalt Hill, and Washington Square, among many others. Check out the site

BONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET CHAMPIONSHIPS “Wonder vs. Schlitzman”! International travel has forced us to wait for this amazing matchup, but current champ ASHLEY WONDER defends her title vs. former champ MALT SCHLITZMAN in what promises to be an amazing matchup!

SARAH SAINT GEORGE will be rocking some art. Might we see MARK LEIGHTON handsomly back on the guitar? We’ll have Ralph’s all to ourselves this Monday, so let’s turn up, turn out and turn up!!!! Rock with us this rocktober!


Monday October 15th! VOX-POP Indie Champ NICK SIMMONDS from Providence! Plus – Autumnal “Hai-clue” Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 12, 2018 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: NICK SIMMONDS is a Providence-based writer, technical consultant, game designer, programmer, and recovering whiz-kid attempting to be a whiz-adult.  Nick is the 2018 VOX POP individual poetry slam champion and a staff member at the Providence Poetry Slam. You can find videos of his work at Slamfind, and his writing can be found at McSweeney’s, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, Dragon Magazine, Polyhedron, 3AM Facebook posts and

BONUS RUCKUS: (Part Deux) – Autumnal “Hai-Clue” Challenge! We forgot to do this a couple weeks ago. All the more time to hone our skills at configuring 17 syllable challenge haikus that raise awareness for the seasonal changes that we’re all dealing with at the moment. There’s only about seven changes that happen during autumn that most people notice, so, this should not be terrible difficult. First to guess three correctly get’s a drink on us! Woot!

Open mic, live art and live music – all to be had for the price of… whatever you can throw in the bucket. Get your hoodies ready, we’re hoping for one more outdoor show. (there’s another rock show upstairs this Monday, let’s make more noise them them regardless!) woooot!

Monday October 8th – MUGABI BYENKYA from Toronto! Plus! The Era”sure” Performance Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 6, 2018 by dirtygerund

FEATURED POET: MUGABI BYENKYA is a writer, poet and occasional rapper. Born in Nigeria, to Ugandan parents, he is currently based between Kampala and Toronto. Mugabi was longlisted for the Babishai Niwe Poetry Award in 2015. His essays, articles and poetry have been featured on The Good Men Project, African Writer and Arts and Africa, amongst other publications. Mugabi has been insightfully interviewed on Voice of America, NTV Uganda and Brittle Paper amongst other media outlets. Mugabi’s writing is used to teach international high school English reading comprehension. His debut novel, ‘Dear Philomena,’ was published in 2017 and he recently concluded a 30 city North America/East Africa tour in support of this. He is currently on a second tour aptly titled, “Is That A World Tour or Your Girls Tour?” which will take him across an additional 25 cities. Mugabi wants to be Jaden Smith when he grows up.

BONUS RUCKUS: ERASURE CHALLENGE – Ok. We’re bringing down these funky animal trading / learning cards. Your job? Choose one at random, use a sharpie or pen to erase certain words in order to create an original poem. Best poem that captures this spirit animal will win a cold beverage on us!

There’s a concert upstairs on Monday, so we’re hoping to be outside if the weather behaves! We’ll have music, live art, open mic and all the fun you can handle this monday!

Monday, October 1st – LEON LEGACY farewell feature! Plus! Autumnal Hai-Clue Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 28, 2018 by dirtygerund

FEATURED ARTIST: From a scrappy kid with a notebook and a dream to young man fighting to find his place, LEON LEGACY‘s knack for creativity and out of the box thinking are both a gift and a curse. While gifting him with a unique artistic insight to make creative music with depth and though provoking lyrics that often challenge the statues quo of cool; it simultaneously leaves him to battle the throws of severe depression and anxiety, as he searches for comfort and acceptance in a world all to quick try to and hammer down those who stand out. While at times his music is littered with the dark undertones of a man who gets carried away by his own thoughts, his lyrics are often insightful, And inspirational, speaking to his belief that regardless of where you are from, with enough heart, you can become anything you want, Challenging all who doubt the trajectory of the hardworking young man, who was once just a Scrappy kid with a dream and a notebook. With stints ranging from opening for Cash Moneys, Caskey, as well as Bishop Nehru (Famed MF Doom collaborator, and signee to Nas’s Mass Appeal records), to playing several dates on the 2013 Vans Warped tour, and the recent release of his Self Produced Debut Album Falling with Style, Leon is Amassing a massive and dedicated fan base across different generational gaps and social groups as he goes. One fan, one stage, on song at a time. We’ve just learned that Leon’s been invited to become part of an arts collective in Atlanta and is taking the plunge to follow his path! We wish him all the best, hopes he visits often and look forward to the day when we can say, we remember back when…. check out

BONUS RUCKUS: Autumnal Hai-Clue Guess Challenge – ya, we know… seasons right? We’ll write up some 17 syllable clues, you buzz in and guess what autumnal tradition, event or experience we’re talking about and win a point. First to three points, get’s something with pumpkin in it.

Monday, Sept 24th! Double Barrel FEATURE Action from Portland, Oregon! JULIA GASKILL & STEPHEN MEADS perform!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 21, 2018 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE(S) – JULIA GASKILL is a writer and professional daydreamer hailing from Portland, Oregon. When she’s not reviewing books or working for Pencil Ink Productions, she can be found performing on the Portland Poetry Slam stage, exploring the Pacific Northwest, or walking your dog. Julia competed in IWPS and WOWPS in both 2016 and 2017, was the Portland Poetry Slam rep at WOWPS 2018, and competed in NPS 2017 in Denver, CO. Her work has been featured on FreezeRay PoetrySlam Find, Write About Now, Rising Phoenix Review, and Voicemail Poems. STEPHEN MEADS, originally a San Francisco Bay Area-based poet, has been living and performing in Portland for over six years. He has featured at slams all across the country, from Portland, Maine to Honolulu, Hawaii. Stephen stormed IWPS in 2013, 2014, 2017, and has competed in the National Poetry Slam five times with various teams. He has been featured on Drunk in a Midnight Choir, Slam Find, Write About Now, and Button Poetry, and he occasionally contributes to the web-site Nailed.

BONUS RUCKUS: PROMPT & CIRCUMSTANCE Challenge: You should already know by now! We bring a bag of objects, you sign up. Your object is BOTH your writing prompt AND the writing surface! Best performance wins a beverage on us!

This Saturday! DIRTY GERUND will be represented at this Saturday Night’s MIDNIGHT CABARET: The weirdest, most wonderful show in Worcester returns! As always, be prepared for a mystery mélange of the city’s most talented, offbeat and original artists, as well as our featured guests, Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys,! A “shhhhh, secret” representative from the Dirty Gerund will be performing that night at Nick’s Bar on Millbury! Sounds like a hot ticket!

Monday Sept 17th! JOHN F. QUINONEZ returns! Plus Holy! Hot! Sauce! Sonnet! Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 15, 2018 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: JOHN F. QUINONEZ is a Desert Flower & Current Resident of Boston, Educator, Direct Care Provider Community Events Coordinator, and poet.///// Truly just a Queer, Latinx Wild Thing on the Hunt for Candy almost Always.//// Has a handful of Poems in Maps for Teeth, Yellow Chair Review, Voicemail Poems, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, and Slamfind/// Has released several self-printed collections of Poetry to include” For//After-Forever, Probably” and as of September 2018 – “Suspended in Hot Salts”// Is trying their best not to talk too much about Rock and Roll or Fruit Bats, but Promises Nothing. John is releasing a brand new chapbook into the world and we’re lucky to be the first show where you can cop a copy!

BONUS RUCKUS: The annual “HOLY HOT SAUCE SONNET!!!” Challenge! Woah! It’s about to be hot in here! Performers will literally be spitting hot fire in the form of Shakespearean Sonnets (which we will provide) after downing a shot of habanero pepper sauce (which we will also supply) the performer who keeps their cool the best will win cash money prize!

Congrats to the first ever FEMS Poetry Slam Team, repping the gerund at the 2018 FEMININE EMPOWERMENT MOVEMENT POETRY SLAM FESTIVAL happening in Cambridge this October! Conrats to NARK, ADRIANA, STACY & GABRIELLE on bringing so much talent and heart to last week’s finals! See you at stART this Sunday? Best event of the year that’s not on a Monday!

Monday Sept 10th! Dirty Gerund Celebrates 9 years! Feature DEVIN DIVINE from Spokane, WA! Plus FEMS SLAM FINAL!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 6, 2018 by dirtygerund

Anniversary! That’s 9 years of faking, shaking, goodness saking and taking our own breaths away with incredible performances and art party madcappery! We usually pull out some stops with the anniversary… dang we been doing this for a long time, like what more could you want from us?

POETRY FEATURE: DEVIN DIVINE is a writer, comedian, and performer from Spokane, Washington. Former host of Spokane’s weekly poetry reading Broken Mic, as well as a member of Spokane’s 2015 & 2017 & 2018 National Poetry Slam Teams. She is one of the current slam masters and hosts of Spokane Poetry Slam. She laughs and writes her way through issues of trauma, addiction, mental health, and sexuality. She is the author of three self-published chapbooks ‘Feral Empathy,’ ‘Crying on the Toilet,’ and her most recent ‘Domestic & Fowl. She also writes and self-publishes a crime series called ‘Kiss the Messenger’ with partner and co-author Tony Russell. This fall she will be pursuing her MFA in Poetry at Eastern Washington University.

BONUS RUCKUS: FEMS FINAL POETRY SLAM – we will have the top 8 scoring poets from the two qualifier poetry slams we hosted this summer, to put together a team of 4 poets, who will represent our community at the 2nd annual FEMS POETRY SLAM TOURNAMENT taking place in Cambridge this October! Two rounds of poetic competition!

LUKAS THERIAN will be handling the visual arts! MARK LEIGHTON will lead the band! We will have a special snack. NOTE: to accommodate the poetry slam, we will be hosting a shortened open mic, welcome our guest feature for one set, and do our best to run on time. If you want to read in the open mic, please be at Ralph’s at 8pm to sign up. We will do our best, but cannot guarantee you a slot if you arrive late. If you’re so moved, you may bring us presents, even though we mostly want your presence. Get it? Good!