Monday! 3/24! Poet SAMANTHA MILOWSKY! Musical Act ANDA VOLLEY! Plus “Nicky’s Birthday Bash-Ful” Challenge

Posted in Uncategorized on March 21, 2014 by dirtygerund

Only so many shopping days until NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS’ BIRTHDAY!!! Dirty Gerund’s starting the fun early!

milowskyFEATURED POET: SAMANTHA MILOWSKY is the founder and managing editor of Amethyst Arsenic poetry journal. She is one of the founding editors of Best Indie Lit New England. She has organized and led the Small Press Fair for MassPoetry Festival. Super excited to welcome her to our stage! SPECIAL MUSICAL GUEST: ANDA VOLLEY is a singer-songwriter, guitar player, and producer based out of Boston, MA. Her self-produced debut album Inside the Ghost Machine has andavolleybeen noted as having an indie-rock and trip hop vibe and original poetic lyrics. Anda was born in Humboldt County, Northern California. Her first home was a camper hitched to the back of a pickup truck, traveling up and down the Pacific Northwest. She spent much of her childhood on a farm in Oregon, catching lizards and pinning notes to trees.  She could climb any juniper, and kick your ass at tetherball. There’s a bunch of cities and forests she’s called home. check out this incredible video for her single, Laura Inside the Ghost Machine

nickdavisGerundBONUS RUCKUS: NICKY’s BIRTHDAY BASH-FUL Challenge – Has it been another journey around that brighty warmy thingy?  We all know it takes quite a bit to make our stalwart co-host and new IRON POET CHAMPION blush! Been mulling this around to see what we could possibly do to make the big guy awwww shux it! Well how about we take three performers who are willing to step in his writer’s shoes. Bring your favorite Davis poem or pick one from our stack! (we’ll type it up, promise… his handwriting though…) Whoever makes Nicky blush the most wins an all expense paid dinner movie date with the mad hatter himself (not so fine print, movie may comgregMcKillopGerunde from redbox, dinner may involve leftovers).

The incomparable GREG McKILLOP is returning from world domination travels to head up the house band this week! Wooooot! Who’s got the snack? YOSH SHARTIN still likes you! Visual artist TBD or TBA (not sure) there will most likely be cake, there may even be bacon in that cake (there’s precedent!) The last few weeks at the DG has been a dream! New readers! Packed houses! Tons of great energy! I’ve been wearing ties. Come down and get down with us!

Monday, March 17th! Poet / Improv Man PETER STOREY from NYC! Plus IRON POET CHAMPIONSHIPS! “Charpentier vs. Davis”

Posted in Uncategorized on March 14, 2014 by dirtygerund

peterstorey2POETRY FEATURE: PETER STOREY has been featured as a “Silver-Tongued Devil” at the Rimes of the Ancient Mariner Poetry Open Mic, the Great Weather for Media Reading Series, and the Bodega Monthly, all in New York City. Originally hailing from Chelmsford, Mass, he’s producing and performing in a combined poetry/improv show at Brit Pack in NYC and Proctor’s Theatre in peterstoreySchenectady, NY, and has produced, hosted, and read at Kafe Bohem’s Monthly in Washington DC. During and after earning his Bachelor’s in English from Umass Amherst, he has lived everywhere from Big Piney, WY to the South Pole. With a list of occupations that includes selling treadmills, driving city buses, fighting wildfire, and teaching the game of chess behind him, Peter has retired to Brooklyn to tell and sell stories. RESPECT THE ICE BEARD!

charpentier-ironpoetBONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH-UP “Charpentier vs Davis?” – man, I couldn’t talk him out of it, your tireless co-host NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS says he only wants in on this because he doesn’t write enough anymore and this would force him to, and I said “take a workshop or something,” and he was all like, “no big deal, I can take her,” at which point I pointed out that Jenith don’t lose at like… anything…” and then he was all like…. So here we are! Nick is the #1(?) contender. He will challenge champion JENITH CHARPENTIEbellemerR to three rounds of poetic cookery, including haiku, short poem and incorporation, all swirling around one diabolical secret ingredient from our chairman YOSH SHARTIN!

This week’s house band is going to be fronted by the amazingly talented harmonica man JEFF BELLEMER! Visual arts by SABRINA SONI! If someone would like to volunteer a snack, get at us before Monday Afternoon and all our arts dreams will come true for the week! Want to invite your friends via FACEBOOK! help us help them help us make this an amazing night! no, really, help us. we got other things going on…. (sigh)

Monday March 10th! Miss DG, JENITH CHARPENTIER at last! Plus! Music Man ZACK SLIK! Plus the RECIPE SLOP SWAP Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 6, 2014 by dirtygerund


jenithPOETRY FEATURE: JENITH CHARPENTIER is the Dirty Gerund’s current Iron Poet Champion and Miss Dirty Gerund.  She also represented Worcester’s Poets Asylum at the 2012 Individual World Poetry Slam and as a member of the 2013 National Poetry Slam Team.  Jenith’s poetry appears in several publications including OVS, Mas Tequila Review, The Orange Room Review, Worcester Magazine, Tipton Poetry Journal, and the anthology Knocking at the Door. She is the author of two chapbooks, Bending the Water Between Us (2011) and Bad at Gravity (2013).  Jenith is the editor and publisher of Ballard Street Poetry Journal ( and will be travelling to the 2014 Women of the World Poetry Slam to compete as a storm poet.  More information about her work can be found at

BONUS RUCKUS: The “DAMN THAT’S GOOD SLOP, recipeRECIPE SWAP! Writing Challenge! Now that Nick and I are house mates again, we’ve gotten back to our culinary roots and have been swapping recipes. “You see Alex, where you’re using vegetables here, I’d use bacon!” (Thanks Nick!) We found some really fun old-school recipe trading cards from 1973 Curtin Publications. Here’s the deal! At the beginning of the show, you choose a card. Your mission? Write an original short poem inspired by your dish, using a few of the ingredients listed! Best written & performed poem gets a delicious prize!

zackslikHOUSE BAND & SPECIAL MUSICAL GUEST – ZACK SLIK Back-porch style Old-time music, played on banjo mandolin guitar and harmonica. Music to get your heart beatin’, feet stompin, and dancing to. Born and raised in rural Worcester County, Zack brings you good old time hoe down music. Comfortable performing in a bar or on your back porch Zack plays mandolin, 5-string banjo, harmonica, and guitar with a few other tools of the trade thrown into the mix at times. Sticking close to tradition, Zack cultivates old tunes adding his own arrangements to some well seasoned classics as well as performing original material hand carved from the same tree. It is music set to get your feet a tappin’, your smile wide and your mind in another place in time. Check him out HERE!

Who’s got the snacks? Who’s got the visual arts? Who’s got the auction arts money? Who’s got some open mic poems! We’ve got the place! Join us!

Monday March 3rd! MATTHEW WELLMAN from Portland, Maine! Plus! Meta-What Guess Game Show!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 1, 2014 by dirtygerund

wellmanPOETRY FEATURE: MATTHEW WELLMAN is an artist, musician, and performance poet living in Portland, ME. His most recent project is a performance art/poetry/music project called Information Concentrate dealing with technology and the human condition. He is a member of the inaugural 2013 Rythmic Cypher (Portland, ME) Poetry Slam Team and is the first-ever Rhythmic Cypher Individual World Poetry Slam Representative for 2013. He toured his way to Spokane Washington last October to compete against the best performance poets in the land. This will be his first time featuring in Worcester, and we’re excited to bring this new voice to our stage!

BONUS RUCKUS: The “Meta-what?” Guess Quiz Show metaphorGame Show Challenge! Here’s something new. We support metaphors, even if we don’t always understand entirely what they mean. We go for life’s mysteries and burgers and sometimes both! So here’s the deal. NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS & I will spend the better part of 14 minutes digging deep into our souls and pulling out metaphors that best encapsulate our endless feelings and thoughts on this beautiful space we all share. Your job? Is to dig deep inside your clever, curious minds and excavate the literal meaning of what we just said. They say it’s open to interpretation, yadda yadda yadda, but whoever answers best will win frosty prize on us!

twitterJEN COLE is slated to rock some visual arts this week! ADAM TRUDEL and KALA FARNHAM made beautiful music when they visited the Gerund a few weeks ago. We were so impressed by their musical backing chops, we asked them back! If you just can’t wait, check out KALA ‘s website and get hip to some beautiful songs! Does anyone have a snack for us this Monday? Hit us up on the facebooks! Follow us on TWITTER! We had a brilliant show last week and I’ve never been so sorry to have missed anything! If you really really can’t wait for all this artistic wonderment! You can rock out to the guitar stylings of ADAM TRUDEL right down….. there!

Monday! Feb 25th! Worcester Book Release for RYK McINTYRE! Plus “Franken-Poem” Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on February 22, 2014 by dirtygerund

RykMcIntyre1POETRY FEATURE: RYK McINTYRE has been a legendary presence on the New England poetry scene for decades. Which is to say, he is rarely photographed and not everyone is convinced he really exists. He’s represented poetry slam teams from Worcester, Providence and Boston at the National Poetry Slam. He has toured extensively around the continental United States and Canada, appearing on stages as varied as NYC’s New School, Portsmouth NH’s Music Hall, Lollapalooza and the very first “Legends of The Slam” Showcase, at the National Poetry Slam in 2006 in Austin, TX. therykHe has also appeared at countless poetry venues, festivals and house parties. You’d think some of those people would have had cameras. He has been published widely, most notably, in The Worcester Review, Off the Coast, Short Fuse- An Anthology of New Fusion Poets, and Aim for the Head – An Anthology of Zombie Poetry. Ryk’s making a return visit to the Gerund in support of his brand new full length book, “After Everything Burns,” released last year on Sargent Press! One of our favorites!!!

bride_of_frankenstein_by_niafarrell-d5j8u11BONUS RUCKUS: “Bride of Franken-Poem” Performance Challenge is back for a return engagement, perhaps a partially inspired by our feature’s history of monster poems, host NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS will play Doctor God, by bringing numerous fragments of poems, song lyrics, prose, etc to the show. Your job? Slap your hand into a hat (or bag? box? i don’t know) and select a few snippets that you will then “frankenstein” together into some sort of coherent piece, which you will take the stage to perform like it’s your own poem! Crowd fav will take home a cash prize!!!

Frankensein would consider himself SUPER LUCKY to find himself zajonat the altar with NICOLE ZAJON who has saved you all from a rice cake alert, by offering to bring a snack this monday! We are excited to welcome JEN MacPHERSON (sister of good DG Buddy and local poet Dave Mac) to our stage this week as band leader! Be there by 8:29pm to assure yourself an open mic spot! Dang, I have to fly to California for a conference on Monday and I’m super sad to be missing this… but that’s what I’ll do, help book a great show for ya’ll while I’m gone, so I can come back and hear you all say, “Dude! you totally missed it!” Yup, that’ll make this old man smile!

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Posted in Uncategorized on February 17, 2014 by dirtygerund

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Monday Feb 17th! TU ANH PHAN from Boston! Plus! IRON POET QUALIFIER!

Posted in Uncategorized on February 15, 2014 by dirtygerund

tuanhphanPOETRY FEATURE:  –        TU ANH PHAN is a spoken word poetry artist from Dorchester, Massachusetts. He competed nationally as part of the first ever Boston Youth Poetry Slam Team at the 2008 Brave New Voices International Youth Festival in Washington DC. He travelled extensively after graduating Northeastern University and currently works as a teaching artist in several Boston Public Schools through the Urbano Project, Hoop Suites and Mass LEAP Collective. He appreciates puppies, fish sauce, and good rap. Believes that language is how we can understand each other. This is his first feature in Worcester. This young man is wildly talented and will knock your proverbial socks off with word play, imagery and our good friend metaphor!

BONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET QUALIFIER: “? vs. ?” It’s ironpoetapron around that time again. We’re looking for a worthy competitor to take on our current unified champion JENITH CHARPENTIER! We are making all the calls and have not yet confirmed our two challengers, but when we do? Ohhhhhh man! Two rad poets will learn the secret ingredient, run off to their respective corners and unleash their poetic prowess on an original haiku, an original short poem and then stuff that secret ingredient into a poem they’ve performed before. We’ll grab three judges, judge on three criteria and the highest point scorer will challenge our champ for the title next month!

geoffoehlingRICE CAKE ALERT! RICE CAKE ALERT! That’s two snacks in a row that the Dirty Gerund Poetry Show has provided! If we’re left holding the snack bag this monday, there will be hell to pay the following week in the form of generic, unsalted rice cakes! Don’t make us go there! GOEFFREY WATSON OEHLING will be leading the house band this Monday! Come support as his stand up bass stands up for everything upright in the world! Super thanks to ASHLEY TUCKER for creating a gorgeous painting last week! We had fun but as always are looking for more open mic-ers! No snow forcast, so let’s brush off our vehicles and rock together!