Monday October 6th! RACHEL McKIBBENS for the return win!!! Plus! Two Sentence Horror Story Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 2, 2014 by dirtygerund


rachel-mckibbens-pressphotoPOETRY FEATURE: Poet, activist, playwright and essayist RACHEL McKIBBENS is the author of the poetry collections Into the Dark and Emptying Field (2013) and Pink Elephant (2009). Her poems, short stories, essays and creative non-fiction have been featured in numerous journals and blogs, including Her Kind, The Los Angeles Review, The Best American Poetry Blog, The Nervous Breakdown, The Rumpus, The London Magazine, The Acentos Review, World Literature Today, Radius, and The American Poetry Journal. McKibbens is a well-known member of the poetry slam community: she is a nine-time National Poetry Slam team member, has appeared on eight NPS final stages, and coached the New York louderARTS poetry slam team to three consecutive final stage appearances, was the 2009 rachel-mckibbbens-pressphoto2Women of the World Poetry Slam champion and the 2011 National Underground Poetry Slam individual champion. McKibbens appeared on two seasons of Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry Jam and was featured in the poetry slam documentary Slam Planet in 2006 at SXSW. For four years McKibbens taught poetry through the Healing Arts Program at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan and continues to teach poetry and creative writing and give lectures across the country as an advocate for mental illness, gender-equality, and victims of violence and domestic abuse. A poetry fellow for the New York Foundation, she lives with her family in upstate New York, where she teaches poetry and co-curates the monthly reading series Poetry & Pie Night.

ghoststoryBONUS RUCKUS: The Two Sentence Horror Story! Challenge! We guess it’s the season to spook things up a bit! We got some early inspiration last week from new open-micer Ben who brought up the two sentence horror story thing! Check some out at We’ll take 5 competitors, and do two rounds to see who can be the give-us-the-hee-bee-jeeziest! Special prize for those who bring the scary to our stage! Maybe we’ll let resident spookie enthusiast AARON WHITE choose the winner, that is if he doesn’t want to haunt you with his own words!

Speaking of winners! All autumn into winter we’re coming at you with 7hillsflieramazing features! Sizzlin house bands! Visual arts and snack time!!!! Remember, come support NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS this Sunday Night as he co-hosts the new SEVEN HILLS POETRY SLAM!  Slam winner automatically qualifies for 2015 Worcester Slam Team Finals! Spots on both open mic and slam are limited! So peep the invite link! Leaf peeeeeep it!





Posted in Uncategorized on September 24, 2014 by dirtygerund

robinmerrillPOETRY FEATURE: ROBIN MERRILL‘s poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in hundreds of publications including Spoon River Poetry Review, The Cafe Review, Oklahoma Review, and Margie. She has written five children’s books for Scholastic Book Fairs and has two poetry collections available from Moon Pie Press: Jesus Was a Feminist and other poems and A House of Bottles. Three of her poems have been featured on robinmerrill2The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor and she is a 2013 recipient of an Emerging Artist Award from St. Botolph Club Foundation of Boston. She has featured at dozens of venues all over the country and will proudly represent Portland Port Veritas Slam Venue at the Individual World Poetry Slam this October. She graduated from the Stonecoast MFA program in 2006. A former high school English teacher and college writing instructor, she now leads creative writing workshops for writers of all ages and abilities. check out more at

BONUS RUCKUS: The “LYRICS ARE POETRY TOO!” Cover Challenge! Dylan, Carrol, Waits, Shakur, Cohen, Morrison, Corgan, Jewel…. Lyrics are poems gosh darn it! At least we at the DG think so. So…. bring us your favorite song lyrics, perform them like a poem you wrote yourself and for jimminy christmas’ sake don’t sing em (we want to make things fair for our non-singy folks). We’ll let the crowd decide who deserves the top prize!

7hillsflierMATT & THE BASTARDS are back to blow some sax and rock out proper as our house band this week! Super thanks to ANA PEREZ for the amazing snack last week and ZACK SLICK for his fine banjo picks! Miss EMILEE MORREALE may have hew work cut out for her next Monday, but we as always are confident she’s gonna come at it with AMAZING! Also thanks to BOBBY GIBBS & AEPEX POSITION & ALL for helping us spread word about the upcoming SEVEN HILLS POETRY SLAM FIRST SUNDAYS series opener happening OCTOBER 5th at this year’s stART on the Street! Pass that facebook event along to anyone you know who wants to support Worcester’s crusade to bring a poetry slam team back to the National Poetry Slam! YOSH & MIKEY are thinking of joining the team, or betting on it! Sports!

Monday! Sept 22nd! Portland’s BEAU WILLIAMS 508-Book Release Party! Plus! ZACK SLICK & the “Back to School” Lit-101 Haik-lu Guess Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 18, 2014 by dirtygerund

DG-outside-crowdThanks every and all who came and celebrated 5 years of amazing with us this past Monday! It was an epic evening, complete with record releases (congrats Lewis Morris!), visual art auction record breaking (congrats Ana Sol!) and the crowning of a new Miss Dirty Gerund!!! (Congrats Kaleigh Heinhold!) 5 more years? well, we’re in for at least 5 more weeks, heck, maybe 5 more months! That is…. if ya’ll still keep supporting us with the art and smiling at art faces! Year 6! Let’s go!!!!!

POETRY FEATURE: BEAU WILLIAMS is a hard working poet living inbeauwilliams Portland, Maine. He has competed four times at the National Poetry Slam, toured solo and with the poetry collectives Uncomfortable Laughter and GUYSLIKEYOU, lead workshops and taught high school classes from coast to coast. Beau is a co-creator of the successful Zion Hill Poetry Reading in Newmarket, New Hampshire at the Stone Church performance venue, beau-book-releasefounder and Editor of Red Bench Press, and 2014 Port Veritas Grand Slam Champion. This is the official Worcester, Massachusetts release party for his new book “Rumham.” He wrote it for you, and hopes you like it. RED BENCH PRESS is a new small press dedicated to finding the hardest working writers from all corners of the world regardless of class, gender, amount of education, race, religion, or age. Good writing by good writers. Contact them at This is Beau’s third time featuring at the Gerund! Let’s make sure he wants to come back for a 4th! He’s pretty. Deal with it!

BONUS RUCKUS: The “Back to School” Lit-101 Haik-lue Guess enlgishsyllabusQuiz Show Challenge! – okay, we hope that folks who come to the show are avid readers or at least beasted the required english class readings in high school. Your undaunted co-hosts will cook up special 17 syllable “Haik-lues” where we will offer epically efficient recaps of popular english 101 syllabus fillers and read them out loud. We’ll take 3 literate (saw the movie?) contestants to buzz in and tell us the book. Fist to three guess getters will win a pint of frothy gratitude from a show that hopes you’ve read a gosh-dang-book-in-your-life-for-once! Sheesh!

zackslikThe inimitable blue grassy / bluesy / folk / roots raconteur ZACK SLICK will be returning to offer his take on the one man backing band! If Monday looks any colder than last monday, we may go back inside, but dang it, outside is so much fun!!! We’re hoping certain folks who claimed snack time for next monday come through, if not RICE CAKE APPOCALYPSE awaits you! YOSH & MIKEY are trying to organize a tuesday Bruins in Boston Hockey Road Trip, while they pour your burgers and grill your drinks next Monday! Ralph’s Rock Diner is on a roll and we’re part of the grease, don’t let us run off the rails!

Monday! 9/15 – 5 year DG Anniversary Party with LEWIS MORRIS! Miss Dirty Gerund Pageant!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 11, 2014 by dirtygerund

Monday! Sept 8th – DG get’s FREE w/ ANTHONY FEBO! Plus! IRON POET CHAMPIONSHIPS “Davis vs. Molnar!”

Posted in Uncategorized on September 3, 2014 by dirtygerund

feboPOETRY FEATURE: ANTHONY FEBO is a poet, actor, youth worker, lover and friend. He founded Mill City Slam, the adult slam poetry scene, and M.O.M.S. the Middlesex/UMass Lowell college slam poetry scene in 2010. Along side his fellow partners in rhyme, in 2009 he founded FreeVerse!, a youth organization dedicated to expand the presence of spoken word in the city of Lowell. He is a lover of theatre and art, a strong believer that poetry is something we live, and a pretty good dancer. It’s been year since this fierce voice featured on our stage and we’re super calla fragile lystic expi alla psyched to welcome him back!

BONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET CHAMPIONSHIP “DAVIS vs. avamolnarMOLNAR” – So incredibly pumped up about this! Your current champion is none other than NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS, he’s got his work more than cut out for him as he takes on uber talented upstart AVA MOLNAR in what’s sure to be one of our more incredible iron poet match-ups!  These two competitors will have the first half of the show to write original haiku, original short poem based on a secret ingredient which they must also incorporate in a piece they’ve read at the Gerund before! We’ll select three neutral judges who will score them on taste, presentation and use of the secret ingredient, which will be cast upon us by our heralded chairman YOSH SHARTIN! Bon-apetit!

dirtygerundflier2JENNIPUR JANE on the return guest visual artist win! There’ll be another upstairs metal show this monday (last for a while), so let’s get some poets down to drown out the power chords! Snack time is up for grabs! If you’re interested, let us know! YOSH & MIKEY have been working hard! Work even harder to tip the crap outta them! Who’s in the house band this week? Show up and find out! We’re continuing outside for as long as the whether cooperates! Our 5 year anniversary party is just over a week away! Monday September 15th is the party with the annual Miss Dirty Gerund Pageant! Stay tuned for all the shenanigans and get down with us as only you can! Are you good at fliers? Dirty Gerund is looking to launch a new visual arts campaign? If you got the photo-shop chops, talk to us!

Monday Sept 1st! DIRTY GERUND FEATURES IT’S OWN NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS! Plus! The “Bad Poetry I Wrote in High School” Challenge

Posted in Uncategorized on August 28, 2014 by dirtygerund

Thanks all for the most amazing Dirty Gerund Summer evah! We’re fastly approaching our 5th anniversary of facilitating all these arty good times, so let’s welcome….

nickANDgoatPOETRY FEATURE: NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS – what can we say, every week, this lovable lump of oatmeal bumps brings us so much joy with his wild shirtless open mic hosting! Your favorite auctioneer has got too many poems to parse out, just once a week, so we’ve decided it was high time you all got two unbridled, double barrel feature blasts of his classic hits and newest work! Nick first made his barbaric yawp known on the 2004 Worcester Youth Poetry Slam Team (yeah, he was young once) and nickdavisGerundwent on to represent Worcester at the 2005 and 2013 National Poetry Slams. He’s released several chapbooks and has a CD out on Vemplore Studios! He’s fronted metal to space jam bands and has a knack for making the band work! We took on organizing duties at the Gerund together in the fall of ’09 and we can’t believe he’s never brought us a full feature! He’s your current Iron Poet Champion so we figured now’s the time! He likes goats, goat cheese and old maps!

baconpoemBONUS RUCKUS: The return of the “Really, really bad poetry I wrote in High School Challenge. We’re back to schooling you with another fun instalment of this classic challenge! We get it, you’re over 21 now and you like to think that those awful “woe is me” stanzas are a thing of the past and in many cases you’re correct. But we challenge you to go to the box in the attic or basement (or your back log livejournal posts) and excavate the worst of the worst from your angtsy literary past! Your feature’s bringing his bad poems from back in the day, and wants you to show us just how bad you used to be before you got so good! Bring one poem, perform that garbage into some gold and win a snazzy prize! School’s back 4-evah!

Thanks to the BASTARD KIDS who’s summer residency is now on hiatus, gerundoutsidebut we’re working out some cool backing band jams for you! We’ll be outside as long as the weather holds! Word is there’ll be some special metal band action upstairs (drop in early at 6pm if you’d like to do some pre-show head banging), so we will dawn the sweatshirts or parkas and continue the ruckus outside! We’re just a couple weeks away from our official 5 year anniversary bash, so stay tuned for the stupendous details! Dirty Gerund’s almost old enough to ride a big wheel and that a big deal! YOSH and MIKEY can’t wait to flip bottles and beef patties as they welcome your biz!

Monday! August 25th! Debut of 7 HILLS POETRY SLAM! Winner is finalist for 2015 Worcester Slam Team!!!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 23, 2014 by dirtygerund

You’re regularly schedules Dirty Gerund Poetry Show has been interrupted by this special announcement!

poetryslam101THE SEVEN HILLS POETRY SLAM QUALIFIER & FUND RAISER is here! Over the past few months, your humble Dirty Gerund team has been meeting, dreaming and scheming with other notable Worcester poets and organizers to initiate a new monthly series, starting in October! THE SEVEN HILLS POETRY SLAM will create a dynamic, engaging, exciting new poetry show that will feature the best in performance poetry! THE NATIONAL POETRY SLAM has just celebrated it’s 25th anniversary, and Worcester was not in the house! We wish to fix this, for next year as NPS makes it’s way back to the east coast! Soooo, if you feel like getting a head start on making the 2015 Worcester Team, head down to Ralph’s this Monday and sign up! Rules: Bring two poems that clock in under 3 minutes when performed. No props, musical accompaniment (sorry house band) or costumes! We’ll pick 5 judges (fair as we can) to score your original poems olympic style! Top scoring poet will win an automatic bid to be a finalist for next year’s team! We’re taking up to 8 poets and might score ourselves a bingospecial guest celebrity host, so hold onto your hats!

BONUS RUCKUS: POETRY SLAM BINGO: Pretty simple! Purchase a special Dirty Gerund Poetry Slam Bingo Card for a dollar to help support the new series. We’ll randomly call out aspects of poetry slam to be found on your card. Be the first to yell “Slam Bingo” and win a cool poetry prize pack!

THIS HAS BEEN OUR BEST SUMMER YET and hope to continue outdoor shows as long as the weather cooperates! KATE MOGUL on the guest visual arts! BASTARD KIDS BACK on house music, (hopefully) with a new instalment of Damien’s 90’s song of the week! We might tinker with the open mic format a bit to accommodate the slam, so get down early to assure yourself a spot! YOSH & MIKEY will pause the netflix que long enough to tell you your outfit looks sharp! Carry on….