Monday June 19th – Pizza Pi Press Author JONATHAN MENDOZA’s 508 Book Release! PLUS! Holy Hot Sauce Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 16, 2017 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: JONATHAN MENDOZA is a Boston-based activist, poet, educator, and musician. He is the founder of the Board Bucks For Boston food drive and the Berklee Activist Network, and organizes for immigrant rights, campaign finance reform, and more. (photo credit Greg Jundanian) He is a 2015 National Poetry Slam champion with the House Slam of Boston, Massachusetts, has been featured twice on finals stage at the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational, once as a ‘Best Poem’ award winner, and is a proud Louder Than A Bomb Massachusetts alumni, co-coach of the 2017 Brave New Voices National Youth Poetry Slam Team representing Massachusetts, and organizer. He recently completed a self-designed bachelor’s degree, Arts for Social Advocacy, at Berklee College of Music, and just released his first chapbook, “When the Crows Come,” under Pizza Pi Press. To learn more about his work, please visit, or you can also find him eating chicken wings alone at birthday parties.

BONUS RUCKUS: Return of the HOLY HOT SAUCE SONNET CHALLENGE! We bring the Shakespeare Sonnets and a bottle of special reserve habanero mash from the local impressatio Dr. GONZO himself! Your job? Take a shot, then sweat it out over 16 of the hottest bars you can handle! Special prizes and ruckus abounds for the perfomer who best keeps their cool! (pun totally intended!)

Not only will this be a Worcester Book Release for Jonathan’s new book, but we’ll also have Louder than a Bomb Massachusetts T-Shirts for sale and taking an extra bucket pass to help support the youth team this year. Can’t wait? Fine! You can make a donation to help 5 amazing youth poets get to San Francisco, support the Gerunders of the future HERE

Visual arts, snacks music and all the rest of the best!


Monday June 12th! JR MAHUNG from Pizza Pi Press! Plus! IRON POET QUALIFIER!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 7, 2017 by dirtygerund

Wow! One of the biggest audiences in recent memory wrecked shop this past Monday! Let’s keep the amazing times going!

POETRY FEATURE: JR MAHUNG is a Belizean-American poet from Chicago’s South Side. He is a 2017 VONA/Voices Workshop Participant and a Pushcart Prize nominee. His poetry is published or forthcoming in Moko Literary Magazine, Vinyl Poetry Journal, Maps for Teeth, Winter Tangerine and elsewhere. JR is now based in Boston where he helps organize the Louder than a Bomb MA youth poetry slam and co-coaches Northeastern University’s poetry slam team. JR’s second collection of poems “Since When He Have Wings” is forthcoming on Pizza Pi Press. His mixtape is not for sale but he’ll ask you to buy it anyways.

BONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET QUALIFIER: Let’s find out who’s going to be next in line to battle it out with reigning champ MALT SCHLITZMAN! (who happens to be hosting the first ever Central Mass PUN BASH this Saturday! Two poets, 3 poetic concoctions, 3 judges throwing numbers up on three different criteria plus one diabolical secret ingredient from chairman YOSH SHARTIN!

The band’s been on fire w/ trombone man LUKE KNOWLES joining MARK LEIGHTON (guitar) & TOM THOSEN (drums)! RICE CAKE ALERT, someone volunteer snacks next week, or else! Visual arts, open mic, all the rest of the best this Monday!

Monday June 5th! MissAnaSoL! Features! Plus return of SHATNER-IZE MY CUMMINGS impersonation challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 1, 2017 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: MissAnaSoL, was born 1975 in Isabela, Puerto Rico. She has been a Worcester resident since June 1983 and began her artistic pursuit at age 4. She has been described as being both hippie and gangstress, big hearted and a loner but her talent managed to pull her into a whole new level. She is currently working on publishing her first poetry book and, a new line of artistic denim wear, hostess to some of the most pristine underground poetry and music festivities, also a visual artist and entrepreneur. Her artwork has been displayed all over the New England area, including New York City and Philadelphia. MissAnaSoL is now the featured visual artist at 4 locations between Worcester, Ma and Providence RI.

BONUS RUCKUS: “SHATNER-IZE MY CUMMINGS” this is a fun little game where we provide contestants with well known verse from ee cummings, the twist? you’ve got to bring your best celebrity impersonation into the mix to give these words a modern update! Prizes for winners!

“Can we be outside Monday?” the answer is a resounding…. “uhm, maybe?” Either way, this night’s gonna be amazing!

Monday May 29th – Hip Hop Feature! GHOST of the MACHINE! Plus! Prompt & Circumstance Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 29, 2017 by dirtygerund

Featured Guests: GHOST OF THE MACHINE Its been a while since we had a featured musical guest and oh boy do we have a doozy. Ghost of the Machine is 1/3 of Mastermind Alliance and 1/2 of The Verbal Vizion. Mastermind Alliance is a blue collar indie HipHop group from Upstate NY and Central Mass that was formed in 2012 whose members include Ghost of the Machine, James Green, Jay Bernard, Fredo Crespo and Death Over Simplicity. Ghost of the Machine’s music paints a picture of activism, struggles, and the day to day triumphs of his life over gritty boom bap beats. Ghost of the Machine harnesses sharp lyricism in every song to contradict what is lacking in the current state of this medium of HipHop.

Gaining a great response from the local scene and the respect of many musicians from his region, Ghost of the Machine began working with Mastermind Alliance on their debut album “Lost Generation” in 2013. All throughout the album’s creative process, they worked hard to maintain their reputation of brandishing a heavy arsenal of lyricism while continuing to be a representation of the roots of Hip-Hop in a time in history where the media often misses the mark on what HipHop truly is. Lost Generation is currently on iTunes and online stores everywhere and has features from Reks and Termanology. Ghost of the Machine is currently working on a solo project with production from Cyrus Tha Great, James Green, ILLa Truth and Jon Glass. And features from Red Pill (Ugly Hero’s) and Death Over Simplicity (Mastermind Alliance).
check em out at

Bonus Ruckus: Prompt and Circumstance Challange
The return of a favorite game of ours and it seems pretty simple. Contestants get an object and must use it as their prompt for a poem plus the writing surface for their poem. Winner gets prize!

Visual Artist: Deanna Marie Degon
its been a while since this great artist graced us so bring them auction bucks and take home something incredible


Posted in Uncategorized on May 20, 2017 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: RUSHELLE FRAZIER is a permaculture designer, gardener, herbalist, teacher, spoken word and visual artist based in Worcester, MA. Born in Queens NY, Rushelle’s been involved with poetry since 2001, hosting readings, workshops and other cultural events throughout the East Coast. Members if the 2002 and 2015 Worcester Adult Slam Teams, she was voted best female poet at the 2006 Savannah Spoken Word Festival. Rushelle founded Savannah, GA’s Tongue! Open Mouth and Music Show, as well as Worcester MA’s Dirty Gerund Poetry Show. Currently, she is the host of the Hot Spot at Nine Dot Gallery in Worcester, MA. Rushelle has been facilitating permaculture workshops and teaching design courses, has published eight chapbooks and recorded one poetry CD. Ms. Frazier is president of the Worcester County Poetry Association.

BONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET CHAMPIONSHIP “MorrilL vs. Schlitzman!” Newly crowned Iron Poet Champ JACKIE MORRILL seeks to defend her crown vs. the irascible pun-ster MALT SCHLITZMAN. It’s sure to be an epic matchup! More music, more snacks, more visual arts, hoping we’re outside! Is it Monday yet?

Monday 5/15/17! ZENAIDA from HOUSE SLAM BOSTON!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 14, 2017 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: ZENAIDA is a fire starter, a green witch and a queer of color who likes the wind chimes outside her window and baking gluten free things for her 6 housemates. Zenaida has competed in 4 collegiate and national poetry competitions placing in the top ten each time. Zenaida is currently on the Haley House Slam Team and is simultaneously organizing the first slam tournament for feminine people. She believes they are silenced to often. She also believes everything she hears so you shouldn’t lie to her. Zenaida unwrites the lies she’s been given. Zenaida also unwrites violence, misogyny, racism and her ancestors curses.

Bonus ruckus, snacks, music, open mic, and the rest of the best are all on tap and ready to serve this Monday!

Monday May 8th! JOHN QUINONEZ from Arizona!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 6, 2017 by dirtygerund
POETRY FEATURE: JOHN F. QUINONEZ is a Resident of the ever complicated state of Arizona, Educator, Community Events Coordinator and poet. He has been published in Drunk in a midnight Choir, Maps for Teeth, the Yellow Chair Review, Write on Downtown and has two previously limited printed chapbooks Left for 17 & Birds of East Saint Anne.
// Is truly just a Queer, Latinx desert Wild Thing on the Hunt for Candy almost Always.
There will be bonus ruckus, snacks, live art, music and more shenanigans! See you monday!