POETRY FEATURE – You… sort of…. The Dirty Gerund Poetry Show is announcing it’s first ever OPEN POETRY SLAM. Top prize $50 for the winner. Worcester’s longest running performance poetry venue, the Poet’s Asylum has called it quits after 20 plus years of weekly readings, slams and features. The Dirty Gerund Poetry Show has agreed to house the Official Worcester Poetry Slam, for the time being so…. we thought we’d take this opportunity (and a feature calling in sick) to get acclimated to what this poetry slam thing is all about. For those of you who do not know, a poetry slam is a verbal competition, in which poets have 3 minutes to recite, read, perform their own original work. No props. No costumes. No (sorry fellas) musical accompaniment. We will select 5 judges to score these poems 0-10. After dropping low and high scores, the remaining three produce a poet’s score. Judges are asked to take into account performance as well as quality of writing. We will take up to 6 competitors who will perform in two rounds (each round will take up one of our usual feature slots). Best cumulative score through 2 rounds wins $50!!!! Not too shabby for 2 poem’s work!
POETRY FEATURE: ROBBIE Q. TELFER has been a featured performer in dozens of poetry shows throughout North America & Europe! While his work can be found in several slam poetry anthologies and DVDs through the Wordsmith Press and elsewhere, he also helps to bridge the divide between stage and page poetry by publishing poetry and criticism in places like the cream city review, Octopus Magazine #10, and the March/April 2006 American Book Review. In 2005, he and five other Chicago performance poets founded the Speak’Easy Poetry Ensemble under the direction of slam poetry founder Marc Smith. He and the Speak’Easy Ensemble performed at the annual Bertolt Brecht Festival in Augsburg, Germany the summer of 2008. In 2007, he placed 8th overall at the National Poetry Slam in Austin, TX. He’s a former Director of Performances for Young Chicago Authors, a nonprofit that gives creative writing, performance, and mentorship opportunities to Chicago teens. Through Young Chicago Authors, he was one the head organizers of Louder Than A Bomb, the Chicago city-wide youth slam and the largest team-based youth poetry slam in the world. In 2008, along with Shanny Jean Maney, he co-founded The Encyclopedia Show, a live literary variety show that presents different topics at each show. Since its founding, the show has spread to over a dozen cities in four different countries around the world. His first published collection, Spiking the Sucker Punch, is out from Write Bloody Publishing. In 2011, he was named Best Local Poet by the Chicago Reader.
BONUS RUCKUS: The First Ever HARVEST HAIKU CHALLENGE. In honor of Robbie’s latest project about gardening and in honor the Falls Harvest we will do a haiku challenge. We read a haiku, you buzz in and guess what veggie wrote that haiku. Win a prize! To check out Robbie’s newest project, go to http://jackassgardener.tumblr.com/.
DUCT TAPE BAND will be in effect! We’re in need of a snack! Get at us if you got the culinary skills that can cut the proverbial mustard or whatever other condiment you enjoy using. YOSH & CHICKEN have broken out the sweatshirts and think you should too! WE MISS YOU! Like, a LOT!!!!
This post shall not only serve to promote tomorrow evening’s show, but will also encompass several important announcements that have been brewing like the finest espresso shot!
POETRY FEATURE – You… sort of…. The Dirty Gerund Poetry Show is announcing it’s first ever OPEN POETRY SLAM. Top prize $50 for the winner. Worcester’s longest running performance poetry venue, the Poet’s Asylum is calling it quits after 20 plus years of weekly readings, slams and features. The Dirty Gerund Poetry Show has agreed to house the Official Worcester Poetry Slam, for the time being so…. we thought we’d take this opportunity (and a feature calling in sick) to get acclimated to what this poetry slam thing is all about. For those of you who do not know, a poetry slam is a verbal competition, in which poets have 3 minutes to recite, read, perform their own original work. No props. No costumes. No (sorry fellas) musical accompaniment. We will select 5 judges to score these poems 0-10. After dropping low and high scores, the remaining three produce a poet’s score. Judges are asked to take into account performance as well as quality of writing. We will take up to 6 competitors who will perform in two rounds (each round will take up one of our usual feature slots). Best cumulative score through 2 rounds wins $50!!!! Not too shabby for 2 poem’s work!
BONUS RUCKUS: There is none! We’re doing our first poetry slam in over 4 years of doing shows. That’s ruckusy enough me thinks! MORE ANNOUNCEMENTS: FIRST FRIDAY SHOWS ARE ON HIATUS for the remainder of 2013. What can we say, we tried. We brought quality shows to the upstairs stage, but could not consistently pull in enough audience to make it worth while for us and our heralded venue. Friday night’s a tough sell for sure, but we are planning on regrouping to see what can be done for 2014.
EVEN MORE ANNOUNCEMENTS: RUCKUS STAFF JOB OPENING – Our insanely talented and gracious Snack Time Queen, EMILEE MORREALE is stepping down from her role for the time being. Emilee’s a bomb-ass caterer, creative soul partner and benevolent visionary who’s dropped our jaws on soooo many occasions in the two plus years in this official capacity. Work commitments have cut into her free time, so we are open to someone stepping in to fill this role for the time being. No, we do not want someone to make snacks every week, but we would love it if someone could help coordinate volunteers, or reach out to local eateries who may be willing to donate to the cause of promoting their wares to the likes of us with some free bites. And yes, you can whip something up every now and again! We love you EMILEE!!!!!! All hail!
So what’s left! Yes Martin will tickle the keys over Derreck’s drum snaps! Visual arts will happen! YOSH & (fill in other barkeep here) will still spill and rock the front juke box like few others! SAM PARADISE is rocking a sinister snack for tomorrow night! Come on! Who wants that $50 cash slam prize! Who wants a piece of Devo! Sorry for the “Friday” Movie Reference, I just got so excited there for a second!
$50 cash prize! We will not have this slam unless 4-6 people sign up! Let’s go! If you want to rsvp a spot, tough! get there by 9pm! Sick of yellin’!
Monday! September 16th! INDIGO BETHEA from Providence! Plus IRON POET Interim CHAMPIONSHIP! “MORRILL vs. CHARPENTIER”Posted in Uncategorized on September 14, 2013 by dirtygerund
POETRY FEATURE: You may remember INDIGO K. BETHEA from our August First Friday Dirty Gerund All-Star Slam Team Upstairs Spectacular! (water pistols what?!!!) She is a Cultural Anthropologist at large, having taught in colleges and universities around Rhode Island and Massachusetts. When not in teaching mode, she can be found most Tuesday nights at “Got Poetry! LIVE!” hosted by Blue State Coffee House. Upcoming features: RISD Muesum 10/6/13 @ 12-1 pm, Blue State Coffee House 10/22/13 @ 8 pm. Don’t want to wait that long? Then check out her poetry books at Amazon.com: “But Beautiful: Reflections on Love and Loss” and “A Calling Out to Nubia: Poetry for the Young and Old” – This is her first time featuring in Worcester, so you know we’re super duper excited!
BONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET CHAMPIONSHIP! “Morrill vs. Charpentier!” It’s time to settle some Iron Poet Business before we bring back the official trophy! Word has is DR. JENN MAHON is back in the area and we need to begin the process of making this an undisputed title! Our interim champion JACKIE MORRILL is looking to get her hands on the ultimate trophy, she’s currently wearing the interim belt like a lady champ, but newly crowned JENITH CHARPENTIER presents an truly daunting challenge! Winner will take DR. Mahon on for the title! 3 original poetic concoctions, three judges, 3 categories to judge by, one diabolical secret ingredient from CHAIRMAN YOSH SHARTIN! Let’s go! Let’s start on the path of unifying this title!!!!
DUCT TAPE BAND‘s back together! YOSH & CHICKEN are ready to drink-sling like an irresponsible spider man! Totally looking to rebound from a fun, if less than packed, show last week! NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS & SAM PARADISE will be holding thing’s down at stART on the STREET Festival Tomorrow! By the way, ya’ll have to go tomorrow and suppert the local scene! Visit the Worcester Review Poetry Table and grab some DG fliers, street team style! Who’s got snacks? Who’s got visual arts! Who’s got smiles! I want ’em!!!!
We’re into year 5 – woah! Let’s kick it off right!
POETRY FEATURE – JEREMY RADIN is a poet and actor and eater of fancy cheeseburgers. He was born and raised in California’s San Fernando Valley, where he began performing in musicals at thirteen because he had a lot of energy and Ritalin wasn’t working. Since then, you may have seen him on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, CSI, Victorious if you’re twelve, and many others. As a performance poet, he’s shared the stage with such dynamic talents as Derrick Brown and Mindy Nettifee (as co-host of The Lightbulb Mouth Radio Hour), Anis Mojgani, Beau Sia, Mike Mcgee, Jon Sands, and Rachel McKibbens. He’s performed his poetry at venues all over Southern California for groups such as Write Bloody Publishing and PEN USA. His ﬁrst book, Slow Dance with Sasquatch (2012), is available from Write Bloody Publishing. Check out bigradinmonster.tumblr.com/jeremy!!!
BONUS RUCKUS – Check it! “Bittersweet Challenge Part #2” Remix Style! We had so much fun this past friday watching performers pucker up before spitting sweet verse and lemon seeds that we thought we’d rock that ish again! Let’s go! We’ll have lemon wedges and sweet sonnets on hand! You suck on them puckers and do your best and whoever does the best will win a truly sweet prize, not bitter yo! Yo!
Will we have a band this week? Who knows! We’ll have some badass snacks, some badass visual arts! Some badass YOSH & CHICKEN handing you drinks and burgers for a badass price! Do it!
Friday! 9/6, DIRTY GERUND celebrates 4 Years in the Breaking! Our anniversary! Miss DG Pageant, Features, Ruckus, More!!!Posted in Uncategorized on September 5, 2013 by dirtygerund
Hear ye, hear ye! Upstairs at Ralphs Tomorrow Night!
Nicholas Earl Davis & Alex Charalambides celebrate our 4th year of getting zany, brainy, blamey and complainy!!! Fall of 2009 seems like a long time ago in the schemes of things, but we don’t know, let’s call this a post-graduate year, we’re just not ready…. FRESHMEN!!!!
RUCKUSES GALORE!!!! – MISS DIRTY GERUND PAGEANT – me and nick are dudes. we’re not trying to be all patriarchal n stuff, we barely know what that word means. Our show is in need of a bad-ass, fierce, intelligent, word-warrior who would condescend to hang with us and represent us at official state functions! This pageant includes, talent competition (duh!), reverse pander haiku (tell us we’re okay…. please!) and the ever unpredictable interview portion….. Past winners include Jackie Morrill, Halliday Nelson, Megan Thoma, and Emilee Morreale… They’re all much more important than me and Nick Davis will ever be! There’s a sash!
RUCKUS GALORE!!!! – THE BITTERSWEET Performance Challenge! Yay! NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS has figured out a new way to make you put food in your mouth while doing poetry! We give you lemons and sweet poems. You’re gonna have to make them work! Winner gets a nifty prize!
STILL MORE RUCKUS!!!! – The “YOU DON’T KNOW US!” Listen / Guess Who Challenge. Me and Nick have only been reading our poetry at the DG for like what? oh yeah, 4 YEARS! This competition is for die-hards only. We have a special guest celebrity who’s going to read lines from our books without letting you know who wrote it. First to guess three correct wins!!!
There’s gonna be so much more to this show than ruckus! How about spotlight poetry sets from EMILY MELE, JAMES KOBIALKA and comedy from SEAN CONNOLY?!!! We’re have a few other surprises in store! GUEST VISUAL ARTIST AARON WHITE & Musical Guests, the bouncy, fun, rock stylings of local favorites CAPTAIN CAT!
$ 5 at the door! Doors at 8:30pm, Show at 9:30pm. Dirty Gerund is taking you back to school! Upstairs style!
Tonight! Sept 2nd, STEVE SUBRIZI performs for the return WIN! Plus LABOR DAZE Haiku Guess Challenge!Posted in Uncategorized on September 2, 2013 by dirtygerund
POETRY (and MUSIC) FEATURE: STEVE SUBRIZI Steve Subrizi frequents the Boston Poetry Slam at Cantab Lounge and has performed poetry and music across America by himself; with Emerson College’s first slam team, the Gringo Choir; with former New Hampshire slammaster Sam Teitel; and with his band, the Crazy Exes from Hell. He just put out his first solo album, Home Alone Forever. His poems have been published in such places as Muzzle, Neon, and PANK, and he has shared bills with such acts as The Kristen Ford Band, The Smittens, and Bern & The Brights. He lives in Somerville, MA, and writes songs in the “punk periphery” rock tradition of Jonathan Richman, Elvis Costello, and Morrissey. He and Kirsten Opstad sometimes form the songwriting duo The Crazy Exes From Hell, who deal in “really agitated—and really funny—breakup songs” (Dan Bolles, Seven Days). His song “I Can Do It Alone” was featured in the soundtrack of the Indie Soap Award–winning web series WRECKED. His first studio album, Home Alone Forever (2013), was produced by Jon Corey at Steed Sound and features Ariel Bernstein on drums and Kirsten Lamb on bass. www.stevesubrizi.com
BONUS RUCKUS: Return of the “LABOR DAZE” Haiku Guess Challenge – One of my favorites, NICK and I are working on our day off. Go figure. PArt of this work is writing poems. That might seem like work, except when we have all this other work to do. Okay, enough about work, how about some haiku’s a bout work? We’re bringing haiku’s written from the perspective of occupations. Hear the poem, absorb the clue, buzz in and guess at what job we’re referring to. Be the first to get to three and win a cold one on us! – DUCT TAPE is the hardest working band in poetry business! VISUAL ARTS and SNACK TIME and YOSH & CHICKEN AND oh my!!!! this friday is first friday, back to school edition and 4th DG anniversary with special performances upstairs! Check the FACEBOOK INVITE for more info and to click and share with your friends! SHARE!!! That’s like the first thing they teach you in life!