Monday Feb 6th! Local favorite NIC JEAN! Plus “Coach up this poem” Performance Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on February 3, 2017 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: NIC JEAN TURNER is an artist from the Greaternicjean Boston area with an affinity for vignettes, napping outdoors, and conversations that confront the human condition. She got her master’s in writing at 21, and expects to pay off her student loans by age 87. Nic is the winner of multiple Dirty Gerund Ruckusy Awards for 2016 and most recently won the opportunity to workshop her writing with none other than author Chuck Palahniuk and we’re featuring Nic in the hopes of putting her further over the top in fundraising for that trip to Oregon! check out more stuff at

BONUS RUCKUS: “COACH UP THIS POEM!” Performance Challenge. Super bowl, schmooper-bowl. Whether you care about football or not, whether you are a fan of ye olde towne team or not, whether you write and perform poems or not, we feel that there are some poems out there that could use a little more oomph! Grab your best motivational speaker voice and pump up the volume on some classic verse, like you were a football coach trying to get your team hype at half time! Poetry can also be a game of inches! Are you going to give that all!!!!???? We hope you will for a prize! DEADSTICK & HAMBONE will be on hand and those hands will be one instruments. Did you know they’re putting an album out with NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS and the release of that album is coming SOON!?!!! More open mic, snacks and live visual arts coming to town this Monday! Join us!




Monday, Jan 30th! GLADYS HIDALGO from Lynn! Plus “Drunk Text or Poem?” Guess Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 26, 2017 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: GLADYS HIDALGO is an alumni of Raw Art gladyshidalgoWorks having participated in R2R Film School and Art in Words, she has now joined the staff as a co-leading teaching artist for the Speak Up program. Her poetry is rooted in her Latinx ancestry. She has performed at some amazing events such as World Aids Day Boston, The American Voice 2015, Wheaton College’s iSpeak, Femme Nouveau Women’s Empowerment and The Massachusetts Promise Fellowship and Northeastern University’s MLK Day Event as well as co-hosted LTAB Crossing the Street Open Mic 2015. Gladys is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s in Creative writing.

BONUS RUCKUS: The return of the “Drunk Text or Poem?” Guessing Challenge! It’s one or the other people. Sometimes that regrettable message you sent is so wrapped in spontaneous fluid brilliance that the recipient is like “I don’t know who this person is or what they want, but that shit is deep!” We’re guessing you might be able to tell the difference. Get one correct win a point, win three points, win a drink on us. Get them wrong and you can go back to poetry school, or have your cell phone taken away!

ANA SOL PEREZ is back on the canvas arts! OFFICIAL RICE CAKE anaALERT, contact EMILEE before this Sunday evening to volunteer a snack, or else! Deadstick & Hambone are the house band and Niick will be joining them this Friday night for some poems, music and fun! MIKEY, YOSH & DORIAN are counting the days till the Super Bowl, or was it Spring? Find out this Monday! Alex will be back this Monday, does anyone care? He does. Some great features coming up on the horizon, stay tuned for all the madcap fun! Viva la resistance!

Monday Jan 23rd – NPS Finalist SAM RUSH from House Slam! Plus! Visual Artist DON HARTMANN

Posted in Uncategorized on January 20, 2017 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: SAM RUSH is from South Florida and began samrushwriting poems after developing progressive hearing loss and realizing how many words each word could be. Sam is a three-time competitor in the National Poetry Slam and was a 2016 finalist as a member of The House Slam team. Their work has been featured work featured in in The Offing, Public Pool, Drunk in a Midnight Choir and on Button Poetry and SlamFind. Sam has spent the last decade working with youth across the U.S. and internationally.

BONUS RUCKUS: THE “WHERE’S ALEX?” HAIKU CHALLENGE: Yo, you’re humble co-host ALEX CHARALAMBIDES only misses the show when he’s gotta travel on business. He’s flying to Houston this weekend for a conference and we’re going to offer some stage time to clever individuals who think they can come up with a better story than that to explain his whereabouts. Bring a 17 syllable alibi, in case the authorities come looking. Best explanation gets a drink on us!

Worcester Arts Council Fellowship Winner DON HARTMANN rocks the hartmannpaint brushes for the first time at the Gerund! Check out his work at RICE CAKE ALERT someone’s gotta get at EMILEE this weekend  to volunteer a snack OR ELSE it will be awful, just awful rice cakes this monday! DEADSTICK & HAMBONE will be on hand for the jams. YOSH, MIKEY & DORIAN will be on hand to escort you out if you can’t behave! We (mostly) always behave! This show is gonna rock! Alex would’ve loved it.

Monday Jan 16th, LIV McKEE from Albany NY! Plus!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 11, 2017 by dirtygerund

FEATURED POET: LIV McKEE is a queer spoken word artist and slam livmckeepoet, dancer, musician, farmer, and activist born and raised in New Paltz, NY. She has been moving up and down the Hudson River ever since, studying at Skidmore College, and settling recently in Troy, NY. Writing and speaking her poetry for the last 6 years, her poetry touches on topics of healing self and community, dismantling white supremacist heteropatriarchy, the immaculate beauty of landscape, and radical self love. Liv has featured her poetry at open mics all over NY, and in 2012 took 1st place at a Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe slam. She currently competes with Albany’s Nitty Gritty Slam Team in competitions across the US. This year she helped the team take first place in the 2016 NorthBeast Slam in Amherst, MA in September and placed 33rd out of 100 poets at the 2016 Individual World Poetry Slam in Flagstaff, AZ. Apart from (or wildly integrated within) writing and performing poetry, in her free time you may find Liv organizing with local activist groups, swimming, singing with a guitar, mountain climbing, having conversations with the moon, and playing old time fiddle music.

BONUS RUCKUS: First PROMPT & CIRCUMSTANCE of 2017 – you know the deal, we bring objects, you get one at random. That kooky object serves as both your poem prompt and writing surface! MARK & CHRIUS should be back at full(ish) band splendor! JESSICA LOVINA will be rocking some visual arts this week! RICE CAKE ALERT if somebody doesn’t offer up some good snack noms for week after next (like, tell us at the show) we’re gonna go rice cake on you the following week! There will be no upstairs crazy bashing your head noise upstairs next week, promise! YOSH, MIKEY & DORIAN will bring you the best in getting served, like serivce.

Monday Jan 9th! DC poet FRANCISCO-LUIS WHITE! Plus Ruckus by Malt Schlitzman!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 4, 2017 by dirtygerund

FRANCISCO-LUIS WHITE is an Afro-Latinx poet and storyteller franciscoresiding in Washington, District of Columbia. Francisco has presented at OutWrite, Fire & Ink, Carolina Conference on Queer Youth, and the United States Conference on AIDS.The poet has featured at Busboys and Poets’ Sparkle Open Mic and the You Can’t Kill A Poet Reading Series (Philadelphia). In 2013, they were endorsed by Dr. Jill Stein and the Massachusetts Green Party as a candidate for Boston City Council. In May 2016, White released their debut chapbook Found Them and is currently working on a larger collection of poems. The book Found Them is available on Amazon.

BONUS RUCKUS: The Malt Schlitsiest Bonus Ruckus Game: It’s pretty pretty rare that Nick and I hand over the bonus ruckus to someone else without an exhaustive vetting process, but hey, sometimes a rucketeer of the year award winner comes to us and is like “I got this…” So MALT SCHLITZMAN is bringing a game with words that you can play and win! I guess it qualifies as super somewhat secret (if only because a lot was lost in translation as he explained it to Nick and Nick explained it to me) my basic understanding is, is that the game won’t hurt you. Ruckus help us! SORANA GATEZ returns to paint! DEADSTICK & HAMBONE are getting into the flow of their house band residency. YOSH, MICKEY & DORIAN and all the staff at Ralph’s would like you to know there’ll be abother rock show upstairs this Monday, but it should not change much at all about our show set up, the price of pork bellies, or the weather. Rock out with us! You know we get louder than any upstairs show!

Monday Jan 2nd! SARAH ST. GEORGE!!! Plus New Year’s Hai-clue challenge! AARON WHITE PAINTS!

Posted in Uncategorized on December 30, 2016 by dirtygerund

First show of the year!!!

POETRY FEATURE: SARAH ST. GEORGE is a poet turning up the sarahvolume in the quiet corner of Connecticut. Since second grade she has been writing to cope with loss, unravel life’s enigmas, and make exes infamous. Her work has been featured in a number of journals and anthologies including Hybrid, Vext Magazine, and Alabaster and Mercury Volume 3. In addition to writing and performing poetry, she enjoys spending time with her kids, attempting to play the guitar, making jewelry, learning, belting out Tom Waits tunes in the shower, and bringing her sloth puppet to social events. She is currently working as a high school teacher’s assistant and studying to become an English teacher. One of our absolute favorite open mic performers of all time, her irascible wit and rascally rants have riveted us for years! First time visiting us at the feature! Get psyched!

BONUS RUCKUS: NEW YEAR’S RESOLVE THIS! HAI-CLUE GUESS GAME: About the only resolution Nick and I ever keep is to keep showing up every Monday, plugging in the mics and praying for ruckus. There’s probably a ton more things on our list that we SHOULD be doing (kale salads anybody?). Whether it’s getting healthy or learning Yiddish, we’ll write a slew of new new years resolutions in hai-clue form. Your job? Guess what it is we’re trying to accomplish in 2017, grab a point for your efforts. Be the first to collect three points and win a drink on us! (so you can break your very first resolution amongst non-judgmental friends! Expect DEADSTICK & HAMBONE back for more music! PLUS: Expect AARON WHITE to swashbuckle some paints across canvases. Expect EMILEE to be back at the snack time helm! All this and more! YOSH & MIKEY AND DORIAN expect to see ya’lls faces!

Monday Dec 26th! Music from SARAH FRENCH! Plus 2016 RUCKUS Awards! Plus, you know, it’s your co-host’s birthday

Posted in Uncategorized on December 22, 2016 by dirtygerund

Obligatory, “if you only attend one show this year… (haha, stress cry)

FEATURED GUEST: SARAH FRENCH (photo by Artrocity sarahfrench( is a New England based folk singer and songwriter. With her band ‘Iza Jane, she presents a soulful mix of folk, blues, and country roots. ‘Iza Jane‘s debut release (Dirty Hands, 2013) received warm praise and critical acclaim: “…a vibrant mix of guitars, banjos and soulful singing…”(Pulse Magazine). French is also the co-founder of Women of Worcester Productions, an organization dedicated to celebrating, inspiring, and encouraging women in Worcester County through music, art, and leadership. Sarah continues to write new music and collaborate with the regions most talented artists and musicians. Her career as an environmentalist supports her close relationship with nature and is a fundamental source of inspiration. For more information on her projects check out: and

BONUS RUCKUS: The 2nd ever annual Dirty Gerund “RUCKUSY” Awards – celebrating the best of what our community has to offer, your stalwart co-hosts will be recognizing the esoteric contributions made my Gerunders this past year… in little plastic “participation style” trophy form! Now if Nick can only stop by the envelope store, I’ll be able to say, “Nick, the envelope please…..” PLUS: New house band mamber jambers MARK LEIGHTON & CHRIS MacNAMARA will continue to bring that music twang to our lives this Monday! ALEX CHARALAMBIDES turns an ungodly age this Friday, but chooses to celebrate at the DG cause it’s the only party worth going to! In lieu of gifts, if you’d like to support his non-profit youth arts organization Mass LEAP, well that would be more than fine (especially for those looking to get some money off the books before tax season starts). No kidding, he’d love to make February payroll. YOSH, MIKEY & DORIAN are bringing the post holiday near-cheer!