Monday! April 30th! GEORGE ABRAHAM features! Plus “Nick’s Choice” Bonus Ruckus!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 26, 2018 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: GEORGE ABRAHAM is a Palestinian-American Poet, Author,  Activist, and Engineering PhD candidate at Harvard University. He is the author of the poetry chapbooks al youm: for yesterday & her inherited traumas, winner of the Atlas Review’s chapbook contest, and the specimen’s apology, forthcoming with Sibling Rivalry Press in 2019. He is the recipient of fellowships from Kundiman, the Watering Hole, and Brooklyn Poets, as well as the title of “Best Poet” at the 2017 College Union Poetry Slam Invitational. His poetry and creative nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in Tin House, Rattle, the Rumpus, Nashville Review, Washington Square Review, Mizna, Puerto del Sol,  Apogee, and anthologies such as Nepantla, Bettering American Poetry 2016 and the Ghassan Kanafani Palestinian Literature Anthology. He is currently a reader & editor for Muzzle Magazine and the Atlas Review,  as well as a founding editor of Lion Lost Press. He has competed in several poetry slam competitions, including the Individual World Poetry Slam, National Poetry Slam, and College Union Poetry Slam Invitational (where he placed 2nd internationally in 2016). He is a Puschart Prize, Best New Poets, and Best of the Net nominee, and a recipient of the Lois Morrell Poetry Prize, and the Favianna Rodriguez Award for Artistic Activism. He hopes to continue bringing awareness to Palestinian human rights and socio-economic struggles through art.

BONUS RUCKUS: “Nick’s Choice!” Challenge – Look, it’s wednesday at 11pm and we won’t know what Nick wants to do for a bonus ruckus until Monday, Be. Ready. Alex has a work engagement until the second half of the show, so… you know. What’s the point in trying to guess at what Nick will want to do if Alex isn’t there to advocate on the side of “well… you know… people might like to prepare themselves or think about whether or not they’d enjoy participating in the dumb poetic challenge we’re throwing at them that night?” Nick crackles back with an emphatic “nah, they’ll play what game I remember to bring, or make up on the spot!” So there it is, it might be a writing challenge, it might be a guessing game, it might be neither! Nick might communicate this via social media in the days leading up to. He might not? It’s a menagerie of mystery! (Note from Alex, I won’t be there to plug the mic in, so I don’t have a say, just saying). There will be music! There will be open mic slots! There might? be a guest co-host? There might be snacks from Dan? There might be visual arts? There might be an exhausted co-curator dashing in for the second half of the show, ready to party! We love you!

Monday April 23rd! QUEEN G vists the Gerund! Plus! Prompt & Circumstance Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 19, 2018 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: Dedicated to her craft, QUEEN G is a multi-faceted writer and performer. Utilizing her strong background in the arts, she  has spent years performing all over the North East, engaging diverse audiences on a variety of platforms. She is the winner of  the 7 Hills Invitational Slam, and represented 7 Hills at the 2016 National Poetry Slam in Decatur, GA and at the 2017 Women of the World Poetry Slam in Dallas, TX. Her work is honest, heartfelt, and transcendent. She uses her affinity for words on and off the stage, lending her vocals to Blue Seat Studios as a voice actor (for clients such as Scholastic and Big Picture Learning). She has constructed countless written pieces, ranging from poetry, songs, and other creative writings to articles, press releases, biographies, and more. Her professionalism and passion present her as a skilled writing consultant. She has a strong background in community development and education. She has worked both domestically and internationally, with over 12 years experience in coordinating, workshop facilitation, public speaking and presentations.  check out more work at

BONUS RUCKUS: Return of the “PROMPT & CIRCUMSTANCE” Challenge – Several gerunders will receive a prompt at the beginning of the show. Twist is, the prompt will also be the surface on which you must write on. Whoever delivers the best brand new poem will receive a prize! Join us for music, visual arts, snacks, open mic and more! This Monday!

Monday, April 16th, MUGGS FOGARTY from Prov Slam! Plus! Iron Poet Qualifier!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 11, 2018 by dirtygerund

FEATURED POET: MUGGS FOGARTY is a writer, performer, and vocalist local to Providence, Rhode Island. Muggs has represented Providence  in national poetry slam competition eight times respectively and is a 2017 FEMS Slam champion, a National Poetry Slam semi-finalist, and a Brave New Voices champion. Muggs has been a co-director of the award-winning Providence Poetry Slam and ProvSlam Youth since 2015, and has coached several youth and collegiate level slam teams, particularly through UCONN, Brown Univsersity, and RISD. Muggs has also worked as an arts mentor with local organizations such as New Urban Arts, CityArts, and PASA, and has recieved awards from the Rhode Island State Council on The Arts. Muggs is the author of Unburn (Ghost Hum Arts 2016) and can also be found fronting the local darkpop band, Lookers, as well as their own solo loop pedal project, Sweetpea Pumpkin. Muggs is a resident at the non-profit community arts space, AS220, and also practices bodywork as an LMT in Providence. Follow Muggs on Insta @sweetpeapumpkin – We’re so excited to welcome Muggs back to our stage!!!!

BONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET QUALIFIER: IRON POET CHAMPION ASHLEY WONDER is awaiting her next opponent. We’re looking for two local word-crafters to do battle in this verbal clash, unique to the Gerund. Two competitors receive a visual prompt at the beginning of the night, the “secret ingredient” if you will. They have the first half of the show to produce an original haiku, an original short poem and incorporate the ingredient into a piece they’ve performed on our stage. Top scorer, faces Ashley for the title in May! Word has it we’ll have a three piece band this Monday! Don’t forget, LOUDER THAN A BOMB MASSACHUSETTS YOUTH POETRY SLAM takes place this weekend at Suffolk University in Boston. Alex spends 90% of his life (he takes a break to hang with ya’ll on Monday nights) dedicated to working on expanding opportunities for the Gerunders of the future, the least you can do is take a road trip, hear some amazing poems, and maybe judge a poetry slam, here’s a LINK and you can sign up and lend your feedback, so we can have a tournament!

Monday! April 9th! Musical Guest ASHLEY DEYJ! Plus “Prose Cuddle” Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 6, 2018 by dirtygerund

FEATURED ARTIST: ASHLETY DEYJ is an independent Hip Hop artist from Massachusetts. Aside from rapping, she sings, plays the acoustic  guitar, and composes instrumentals of various styles. Ashley DeyJ released her first self-designed and produced album entitled “Lonely Girl Dreams,” in 2014. Her latest release, “EDM” is a concept title which also stands for “Edible Dame Mannequins” or “Every Day Miracles.” A few months ago Deyj’s “EDM” album was featured in the Telegram and Gazette. Ashley created an art collection to depict the album entitled “The Commune Collection.” Her are collection will be available April 9th at the show! Ashley’s ‘EDM’ album, stresses common misconceptions of the street life, belief in yourself, self development and authenticity.

BONUS RUCKUS: Return of the “Prose Cuddle” Challenge – whenever we feature emcee’s to feature at our show, we like to shift the paradigm of battle rapping, and get real nice, like, really nice and flip the game. The challenge? Off the top of your head, you get paired with another competitor. You need to compliment them. You need to make the crowd go “awwwww”. You don’t need rhymes, you don’t need rhyme schemes. You can prose it up all you want. You just gotta be nice. Are you nice? Nicest, gets a special prize! Visual arts, open mic, house band, snacks and more? (we think there’ll be more) ruckus, to be expected, as we slowly crawl to spring and the warmer weather. Are you ready. We know we are!

Monday April 2nd! JACKIE MORRILL chapbook release for “Us, Hounds” – PLUS! “April’s Fools, Gold!” Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 31, 2018 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: JACKIE MORRILL is another Dirty Gerund legend, returning to our stage for a Worcester Chap-Book Release party for her new collection, “Us, Hounds.” Jackie holds a Masters of Fine Arts Degree from Sarah Lawrence, currently teaches writing at Worcester State University, Clark University and Nichols College. Jackie holds the distinction of being both the very first Iron Poet Champion and the very first Ms. Dirty Gerund, can silence a room with her tone, imagery and razor sharp craft! It’s about to be literary AF this Monday! Our feature will also be providing SNACKTIME this evening, so we feel you’ll be predisposed to loving her before she even takes the stage!

BONUS RUCKUS: The April Fool’s Gold Challenge – why stop playing pranks the day AFTER April Fool’s Day. We’ll concoct hai-clues that tell the poetic truth or will leave you choking on our foolish dust. Guess correct, get a point, get three points, win a beverage on us! Live house band, open mic, visual arts and all the zesty best at the show this Monday, we’ve been packed lately to be sure to sign up by 8:30pm to get your shot!   

Monday! March 26th – Dirty Gerund Celebrates NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS’ Birthday w/ feature AMBER TORTERELLI

Posted in Uncategorized on March 24, 2018 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: AMBER TORTORELLI is a bonafide Dirty Gerund Poetry Show LEGEND. Whether painting faces, spinning well crafted macabre tales on the mic with a voice that haunts, rocking Mango Princess or Sapling style on the mic, taking doll heads off dolls n’ making visual arts out of em, rocking theramin with the band, smashing the patriarchy or participating in any number of bonus ruckuses (especially adept at costume themed ruckuses), Amber is a true original and we couldn’t imagine our community without this multi-talented individual & multiple time winner of the DG “No Fux Given” Ruckusee Award. Nick Davis gets a special wish on his birthday, we’ll give him his own feature, or roast him, or ask him who he’d like to hear multiple sets of art from. When asked, he said, ” I want the Clown Princess…(hiccup)” Clown Princess it is! Expect a most unexpected feature! There may be props. There may be glitter. There will be some awesome poems. There may be surprise guests. There may be surprised guests. We’re pretty sure art will be destroyed, then saved this night! We can’t wait! We don’t always feature local acts, but when we do, mwahahahaha!

BONUS RUCKUS: The twice jinxed, now absurdly long anticipated showdown. IRON POET CHAMPIONSHIPS “Winder vs. Rogers” – First Ashley had a back injury two weeks ago, then Wyatt got plagued with the plague last week, not this Monday, we expect both champion and challenger to be healthy enough to resume poet activities. Two poets, 3 poetic concoctions, 3 judges, 3 criteria, plus one diabolical secret ingredient makes this the zaniest poetry game in town! Visual artist TBD (I love their early work) MARK LEIGHTON leads the band and we HAVE AN OFFICIAL RICE CAKE ALERT. I don’t care who’s birthday it is! Someone volunteer on our facebook page by 12pm Monday, or there will be rice cakes, and Nick can have his birthday yodel back channel!

Monday March 19th! REBECCA LYNN from Boston! Plus IRON POET CHAMPIONSHIPS!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 17, 2018 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE:  REBECCA LYNN is queer, black, and surviving in Boston. She enjoys rap music, philosophy, and her mom’s cooking. 
She is a Winter Tangerine workshop alumni as well as a 2017 Pink Door Fellow. Her artistic influences include Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, and Frank Ocean. Her work has appeared in Maps For Teeth Magazine, Slam Chop, and Black Nerd Problems.

BONUS RUCKUS: Okay let’s try this again! IRON POET CHAMPIONSHIP “Wonder vs. Rogers” It’s time for defending champ ASHLEY WONDER‘s second title defense. WYATT ‘The Riot” ROGERS is taking his first shot at the title, having edged GABRIELLE ROSE in last month’s qualifier. Will this plucky young upstart have what it takes to take the trophy home? 3 rounds, 3 judges, 3 criteria, tons of points and one diabolical secret ingredient await!

Think we’re close to a rice cake alert! Talk to us this Monday to volunteer snack time soon! The band will be back, no snow in the forecast, “when will we be back outside?” is the question on most gerunder’s minds. The answer is “soon????” Let’s hope. In the meantime, join us for more visual arts, open mic, ruckus and more this Monday!