Monday Jan 1st! Ring in 2018 w/ JAKE KILLAY book release! Plus the annual RUCKASEE AWARDS!

Posted in Uncategorized on December 28, 2017 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: Local wordsmith JAKE KILLAY, middle name Quin, initials of the face cards was born in 1993 in Athol Massachusetts the same year that Sad Sappy Sucker by Modest Mouse came out. In high school, he studied writing under the wicked famous Lori Lamothe to whom he caused much grief but is convinced that she secretly loves him. Went on to drop out of community college after 3 semesters. His poems have appeared in such publications as “non-existent” and “get it?” magazine. His new book Howard’s Soul Bleeds Red is actually an attempt to summon the devil who Jake believes resides in heaven and has been “dodging” him. The first draft of this book only managed to summon rain but it is his hope that this revised version will “do the trick”. His poems were once (one time) compared to Charles Bukowski, Mark Strand, Frank O’hara and Jim Morisson but Jake would rather not be compared to anyone (although he understands how references are useful in this context). Each piece, every line was strategically placed during the countless hours of the typing process where the author would get belligerently drunk to cope with his hatred of typing and scavenge through stacks of mangled notebooks and scrap pieces of paper while playing a $1 cassette of Roy Orbison’s Mystery Girl over and over again in the vacant room of a slum in Main-South Worcester Massachusetts. BONUS RUCKUS: The annual RUCKUSEE AWARDS! Who’ll be Ruckuteer of the Year? That and many other questions will be resolved as we bestow tiny plastic participation trophies on those we love and fear. Return of MARK LEIGHTON to House band? let’s hope! Fun, music, open mic and hangover stories a plenty this Monday night!


Monday December 25th! We’re open! ALEX CHARALAMBIDES features for a cause! Plus! RUCKUSY AWARDS 2017!

Posted in Uncategorized on December 22, 2017 by dirtygerund

RALPH’S OPEN’S AT 7 pm on Christmas! Had enough nog? Good. Head on down to the Gerund. 

POETRY FEATURE: ALEX CHARALAMBIDES, well you know who he is (we hope). Worcester Arts Council Fellow, multiple poetry slam teams, albums, chapbooks and tour stops to his credit! Alex is going to do two sets of work that you haven’t always seen at the Gerund before. Some old stuff, b-sides, maybe a cover and some new stuff thrown in for good measure! Bonus, all proceeds from the bucket will be donated to the 501(c)3 youth arts organization he co-founded and manages, Mass LEAP! Bring a few holiday dollars to throw into the pot to make sure young voices in Massachusetts will have more opportunities to shine in 2018!

BONUS RUCKUS: The annual “RUCKUSY AWARDS” – who will be Rucketeer of the year? Best new comer on the mic? Best shoe game? Chances are if you’ve attended a lot of Gerunds this year and brought something to our community, you’re a contender for a special award!

Will NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS find a ride from family x-mas dinner in Rhode Island to host the show, or will Alex have to introduce himself? Visual arts, house band, snacks by MIDNIGHT MUNCHIES, open mic and all the rest! Come sleigh some bells with us! Sleigh!

Monday Dec 18th! SlamFind’s MASON GRANGER from NYC! Plus! Holiday Party Name Tag Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on December 17, 2017 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: Originally from Philly, raised in Willingboro, and currently living in Queens NYC, MASON GRANGER has been a full-time member of the performance poetry trio The Mayhem Poets since 2005.  With a style that’s equal parts smart & smile, Mason gets his points across in a way that leaves audiences hopefully a little more knowledgeable and feeling a little better than when they arrived.  Mason is also the creator of SlamFind, the world’s first mobile app dedicated to performance poetry that allows poetry fans to discover & connect with live poetry venues and individual poets all over North America.  SlamFind poetry videos have been featured by The Huffington Post, Upworthy, Buzzfeed, Cosmo and many more.  Mason himself has been featured in magazines such as Vibe, Complex, Fader and Rolling Stone as a spokesperson for New Era Caps. First time performing in Worcester, so let’s turn out and turn up!

BONUS RUCKUS: THE HOLIDAY PARTY NAME TAG Writing Prompt Challenge: We know, tis the season to feel awkward trying to be social with people you only hang out with because they pay you. Well let’s step outta your reality and into some classic character from holiday season pop culture past! We hand you the name tag with the name filled out. You? Write a short poem from that perspective. Get a new persona! We heard your’s ain’t working out! Bah hum-hug!

Visual arts, musicians in the house! Snacks, open mic and all the rest! Let’s keep the winter burning!


Posted in Uncategorized on December 9, 2017 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: CHRISTIAN ARTHUR is a poet, recovery advocate, and community organizer currently living in Quincy, MA. He’s been published in the literary journals Meat For Tea and The Watermark, and in 2016 he competed on the UMass Boston College Poetry Slam Team. This past summer he participated in The Poetry Incubator, run by The Poetry Foundation and Crescendo Literary. Christian is currently an organizer for LOUDER THAN A BOMB MASSACHUSETTS Youth Poetry Slam Festival and also handles social media for Mass LEAP. First feature in Worcester, let’s hear it for him!

BONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET QUALIFIER – just who will be the first challenger to face the newly crowned IRON POET CHAMPION ASHLEY WONDER? Hit us up on facebook if you’re interested in competing this monday. You know the drill, create three original poetic concoctions based on one diabolical secret ingredient. Winner gets to challenge the champ in January! Visual arts, music, open mic and all sorts of pre-holiday fun to be had!

Monday, December 4th! PAULIE LIPMAN returns from DENVER! Plus! Iron Poet Qualifier!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 30, 2017 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: PAULIE LIPMAN is a Jewish/Queer/Writer out of Denver, CO. He has toured the U.S. extensively (and a little bit of Canada) performing poetry. He is the voice of Neal Cassady in the documentary ‘Neal Cassidy: The Denver Years’, is a two time National Poetry Slam finalist, has had work appear in The Legendary, Radius, Borderline, Drunk In A Midnight Choir, and pressure gauge, He has also appeared in the Write Bloody Publishing anthologies ‘The Good Things About America’ and’We Will Be Shelter’. and the University Of Hell anthology ‘We Can Make Your Life Better.” A 3-0-3 Mile Hight Poetry Slam Legend, Paulie spent much quality time in Worcester over the years, but it’ll be so amazing to catch some new work! Prepare to get rocked!

BONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET QUALIFIER – just who will be the first challenger to face the newly crowned IRON POET CHAMPION ASHLEY WONDER? Hit us up on facebook if you’re interested in competing this monday. You know the drill, create three original poetic concoctions based on one diabolical secret ingredient. Winner gets to challenge the champ in January! RICE CAKE ALERT – someone’s gotta reach out and volunteer snack time this Monday or it’s the dreaded rice cake! It’s getting cold but we’re just starting to heat up this winter!


Monday November 27th! ADAM GRABOWSKI returns! Plus! “Prompt & Circumstance!” Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 24, 2017 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE:  ADAM GRABOWSKI’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Off the Coast, Beech St. Review, Drunk in a Midnight ChoirVoicemail Poems, Black Napkin, Meat for Tea,Wilderness House Literary ReviewThe Naugatuck River Review, and elsewhere.  His poem “‘And I’ll Love You Forever’” was recently featured in Poem of the Moment at  Adam received his MSW in 2012 from Westfield State University and is poet and organizer with the mighty Northampton Poetry Open Mic, where he runs a poetry workshop.  He has been a featured reader at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, the New York City Poetry Festival, the Amherst Poetry Festival, and elsewhere.  His latest chapbook, The Washing Our Hands EP, is available through his website.  Adam lives with his wife and daughters in Holyoke, Ma.

BONUS RUCKUS: Return of the Prompt & Circumstance Challenge: One of our favorites, we’ll bring 5 super random objects and some sharpies to the show this Monday. We’ll take 5 competitors who are willing to use the object as both writing prompt AND writing surface! Whoever’s best at dealing with the circumstance get’s the prize! SHANNON DONNELLY is taking a second week to finish her visual art piece, that means it’s gonna be double great! Bring those dollars! Snacks! Music (possible return for new drummer AKIBA DAVIS who did an incredible job his first time with us!

Monday November 20th! Dedham poet & story teller TIM GAGER! Plus! “ThanksLiving” Hai-clue Guess Challenge

Posted in Uncategorized on November 16, 2017 by dirtygerund

FEATURED POET: TIMOTHY GAGER is the author of thirteen books of short fiction and poetry. His most recent, Chief Jay Strongbow is Real (Big Table Publishing) is his first book of poetry in four years. He’s hosted the successful Dire Literary Series in Cambridge, Massachusetts since 2001 and was the co-founder of Somerville News Writers Festival. He has had over 400 works of fiction and poetry published and of which eleven have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His work has been read on National Public Radio. Timothy is the Fiction Editor of The Wilderness House Literary Review, the founding co-editor of The Heat City Literary Review. His last two books, the novels, The Thursday Appointments of Bill Sloan/ and Grand Slams: A Coming of Eggs Story drew rave reviews.  A graduate of the University of Delaware, Timothy lives in Dedham, Massachusetts and is employed as a social worker.

BONUS RUCKUS: “ThanksLiving” – HAI-CLUE Guess Challenge – Nick and Alex have plenty to be thankful for this holiday season. They have…. uhm…. each other (dear G#D). Well, they’re creatively write their way into gratitude. Your job? Guess at what these 17 syllable messages are referencing and get a point. First to three points, gets a drink on us! That’s thanks enough! Congrats to new IRON POET CHAMPION ASHLEY WONDER!!! All Hail! MARK LEIGHTON has got guitar licks and guest musicians for days! EMILEE MORREALE was back at snacks! She’s currently catering snacks and frozen meals at Worcester Worcshop! Get at Nick if you’d like to visual art before the end of the year.