MONDAY Dec 15th! Columbus OHIO’s HANIF ABDURRAQIB! PLUS! “Erase YA! Poem” Challenge! PLUS PLUS! Closing NERDCORE RAP Party! also: RICE CAKE ALERT!

Posted in Uncategorized on December 11, 2014 by dirtygerund

hanifHANIF WILLIS-ABDURRAQIB is a poet, writer, and dessert enthusiast from Columbus, Ohio. He is the author of Sons Of Noah, a chapbook forthcoming from Tired Hearts Press, and is the editor of Again I Wait For This To Pull Apart, an anthology of poems relating to music forthcoming from Freezeray Press in 2015. His work has been published in Radius, Stirring, Muzzle, Vinyl, joINT, Borderline, and various other journals. He has been nominated for a pushcart prize, and his poem “Hestia” won the 2014 Capital University poetry prize. As an organizer, he is the founder of Pen and Palette Poetry, a five-year running open mic in Columbus that aims to introduce an exciting and inspiring space for both new writers and experienced writers. Also equipped as a teaching artist, he has conducted workshops and given readings across the country, from coffee shops, to colleges. Believing that great art works on both the page and the stage, he ochanif2cassionaly dabbles in the art of poetry slam, placing 4th overall at the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam. He is a poetry reader for Muzzle Magazine and an interviewer for Union Station MagazineHe thinks poems can change the world, but really wants to talk to you about music, sports, and sneakers.

erasureBONUS RUCKUS: The “ERASE YA” Poem Challenge! Sometimes called “erasure” poems (but we got an accent, wikid!) Less is more sometimes (pro tip, don’t yell that to people at the beach). We thought we’d check this idea out poetically this Monday. The challenge. NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS will give competitors copies of classic poems, or passages from novels, or recipes? at the start of the show. Your job? Whittle it down, take out words, make that shit better without adding your dang words to it! Got it? Cool. Perform that poem at half time and win a frothy prize on us! When it comes to prizes, more is always better!

thoughtcriminalsBONUS BONUS RUCKUS: We don’t usually have special musical guests at the Gerund anymore. But this Monday, our pal DANNY FANTOM had the hook up and we’re some accommodating folks so! Closing the show out with MEMBERS OF THE THOUGHTCRIMINALS, MIKAL KHILL AND SULFUR – North Carolina’s finest nerdcore rap phenoms are on tour, doing an earlier set elsewhere in the city (don’t look it up) cause they’re dropping by towards the end of the night, to take our show out proper!

Can we pack more awesome into this? Sure! Visual Artist ricecakeEVEN LUNDY might just twist some metal into something you can’t not bid on! OFFICIAL RICE CAKE ALERT! If nobody gets at us to offer up a snack time by Sunday Afternoon, it will be RICE CAKES FOR ALL! We can’t ask EMILEE MORREALE to make the noms ALL THE TIME! MATT & THE BASTARDS have promised to all wake up by 9pm this Monday! YOSH & MIKEY shake their heads while making the best burgers and drinks around! ONE WEEK SHOPPING TIME UNTIL ALEX’S BIRTHDAY! Just sayin!

Monday! Dec. 8th, MIGHTY MIKE McGEE returns! Plus IRON POET QUALIFIER

Posted in Uncategorized on December 4, 2014 by dirtygerund


migthymikemcgeePOETRY FEATURE: MIGHTY MIKE McGEE – is a well-traveled funny hobo-poet from San José, California. He is the first poet to win both the 2003 National Poetry Slam Grand Championship and the 2006 Individual World Poetry Slam Grand championship. McGee is co-founder of the live spoken word groups Tons of Fun University (TOFU), The Whirlwind Company and the Electric/Junkyard/Elephant/Kite Revivals. During his time in Worcester, he mightymikemcgee2was one of the first poets to step up and help the Dirty Gerund take the shape we’ve all come to enjoy! He hasn’t been back in a couple years so we’re super excited to welcome him back! He’s everyone’s best friend and could be yours as well!

BONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET QUALIFIER – “chefSUGAR CANDY vs. CAPAGROSSI” proper match up, as two of our favorite Gerunders, RAINY MAPLE SUGAR CANDY and SAM CAPAGROSSI vie for the right to challenge new champion ROBERT BLACKWELL GIBBS in his first defence since taking back the title. Three rounds, three poetic concoctions, 2 competitors, 3 judges, 3 criteria for points, tons of points and of course one diabolical secret ingredient from chairman YOSH SHARTIN. ****BONUS RUCKUS SPECIAL NOTICE:*** December 2nd, we are offering $50 top prize for a duet, group poem performance challenge. You must find a poetry partner, write an original piece and perform that together. We need 3 teams of two poets to contact us by Dec 15th in order for us to do this! Let’s do this!

brettkelleyVisual artist BRETT KELLY returns from Western Mass for this show! This Monday brings us a RICE CAKE ALERT! I repeat, if nobody steps to the plate and volunteers a snack as tribute for December 15th, that snack will be rice cakes! Recognize! MATT & THE BASTARDS are our house band and therefor contractually obligated to agree with us! MAKE SURE YOU SEE US SUNDAY AT the next 7 HILLS POETRY SLAM also featuring MIGHTY MIKE McGEE along with local favorite MUGGS FOGARTY. Mike’s got the deep pockets to rock two brilliantly different sets, so you can catch both shows!


Monday! Dec 1st! SAM RUSH from NEW HAMPSHIRE! Plus “Let’s ‘LIKE’ Make a Deal” Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 29, 2014 by dirtygerund

samrushFEATURED POET: SAM RUSH is a New Hampshire based poet from South Florida. A regular at Slam Free or Die in Manchester, NH, Sam represented the venue as part of its 2014 team at the National Poetry Slam and as SFOD’s first ever Women of the Worsamrush2ld Poetry Slam representative. Sam makes music and poems and things in between them in the space around her job at a non-profit specializing in work with youth from areas of international conflict. Check out some powerful work from Button Poetry:

Let__s_Make_A_Deal_DVD_Wheel_by_Gradyz033BONUS RUCKUS: The “LET’S ‘Like’ MAKE A DEAL” Poem and things like it swap challenge! I think we did this once, I even think it went pretty well. NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS is taking the reigns on this so you KNOW it’ll be super organized. Here’s the deal (pun intended) bring a haiku describing yourself. From there, Nick’s gonna take you on a whirlwind game show with prizes, on the spot challenging and chances to swap out for better prizes. Think of it as a Yankee Swap that’s got something to do with what we do at the show. I really haven’t been given more info than that!

We know’s it’s getting cold, but we’re really only getting alexatDGfunwarmed up. December is bringing incredible features, fun and all the things you love about art parties! MATT & the BASTARDS just won’t quit (like we’ve asked them) but bringing music and smiles to ya’ll has been too important! YOSH & MIKEY are making their lists and checking it twice! You wanna go to SEVEN HILLS POETRY SLAM for the next qualifier Sunday December 7th at SAHARA for the inimitable Mighty Mike McGee! Let’s go Worcester! And don’t forget to bring some money for the bucket! (we have a song about it!)

Monday! Nov 24th! Cowboy MATT HOPEWELL & The Thanks?Giving Hai-klue Guess Quiz!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 19, 2014 by dirtygerund

hopewell-future-recordPOETRY (& Music) FEATURE: COWBOY MATTHEW HOPEWELL is a Worcester Area Music & Poetry Veteran returning home after a relocating to Salem. The Dirty Gerund is proud to welcome him to our stage as we celebrate the recent release of his second Low-Z Records Studion Production called “Welcome to the Future.” He “weds blues, rock, psychedelia and surrealism into a disorienting cocktail, utterly unpredictable and hopped up on Frank Zappa and an “Ancient Astronauts” marathon. And on his most recent cowboymattalbum, “Welcome to the Future” from the locally based LoZ records, Hopewell puts all the complicated and self-contradictory pieces of his artistic perspective together in one place. And it works. The surrealism might make your head hurt at a few points, but it works nonetheless. ” Victor Infante, Worcester T& G. Whether he’s strumming guitar, hosting the little “a” reading, or regaling us with his surreal poetry, Cowboy is an artist & Dirty Gerund friend not to be missed!

turkeycartoonBONUS RUCKUS: The THANKS(?) GIVING Haik-lue Guess Quiz Challenge! Your undaunted co-hosts will write all sorts of hai-klues’s describing holiday elements we may (or may not) be super thankful for. Stuffing? Yay! Black Friday Shopping? Boooo!!!! We’ll read our hai-klues, you buzz in and guess just what it is you think we’re talking about and win a beverage on us! We can all thank our lucky stars for that! TWO WEEK BONUS RUCKUS ALERT: Wanted to give all of you in DG land a heads up on this. December 1st, we will offer a one round, one poem, Multiple Voice “Duet” Performance Challenge. We got two mics! Let’s use ’em. Write a poem with someone else, sign up and win $50! We wish to encourage more collaborative work to our stage, so grab a partner and get editing!

Congrats to RAINY MAPLE on her win last week in the rainymaple“Sock Puppetry in Motion” Challenge! COWBOY‘s bringing his own band to the party Monday, but we’ll still have the BASTARDS available and grinning wide for you on the open mic! We fully expect to have a visual artist this Monday, so bring them auction dollars! Next instalment of the SEVEN HILLS POETRY SLAM is happening on Sunday Night December 6th. Snacks, open mic, YOSH & MIKEY making your burger & beverage dreams come true! Don’t act like you’re gonna work hard for your shortened Holiday Week. Get down & get at us!

Monday 11/17!!! SAM CHA from Boston! Plus the “PUPPETRY IN MOTION” Performance Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 13, 2014 by dirtygerund

sam-chaFEATURED POET: Editor, poet SAM CHA received his MFA from UMass Boston, where he was the 2011 and 2012 recipient of the Academy of American Poets Prize. His work has appeared in or is forthcoming from apt, Anderbo, Better, decomP, Cleaver, Printer’s Devil Review, and Memorious. He’s a poetry editor at Radius. He lives and writes in Cambridge, MA. This is Sam’s first feature at the Gerund, so let’s give thanks this November and welcome him, that is after we check out some of his fine work at CleaverMagazine Online!

BONUS RUCKUS: Second ever, “SOCK PUPPETRY IN MOTION” sockpuppetPerformance Challenge! So yeah, we’ve been inspired by a recent return appearance of Dave the Puppet Guy, so we thought we’d go back to the well on this ruckus. Here’s the deal. $20 on the line for the poet who comes to the Gerund with their own sock puppet and performs a piece of their own writing, well who’s puppet best performs a piece of their own writing. We’ll have a make shift curtain or box (box? ya, that’s probably more our speed) to hide behind while your puppet gets all the glory! Best performance get’s cold hard cash dollar bills! Keep the poems under 4 minutes. Dress your sock up and win! Bonus points if your poem references your pupet 😉

ironpoettrophyAll hail new IRON POET CHAMPION BOBBY GIBBS who bested NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS in 3 rounds of gritty competition in “Battle Lysol Disinfectant Spray!” MATT & THE BASTARDS continue to receive props from features! This past Monday was national tuesday holiday bonkers good! Packed house! New performers! All that! We’ve had back to back snack time volunteers the past two weeks, so the rice cake alert is officially off! Super thanks to Monday Doorman & Vemplore Studios Sound Wizard DORIAN GATEJ who gave us the incredible heads up on amazing cheap deal on a new PA system. High 5 him! We’ll take that for a sound spin this Monday and sound better! No more jury rigged equipment that fell off the Doobie Brothers 1987 tour van! WIN! Dirty Gerund is in the market for a new flier campaign. Get at us and get $50 if we choose your design!

Monday 11/10! Poet, Emcee, Comic BARAKA NOEL! Plus! IRON POET CHAMPIONSHIP “Davis vs. Gibbs”!!!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 6, 2014 by dirtygerund

barakanoelFEATURED POET: BARAKA NOEL (a.k.a. Mumbles, a.k.a. Warhol Kaufman) is spoken word artist, poet, emcee and comic embarking on his second national tour. Five years ago, he travelled the country performing hip hop theater & human puppetry with theUnreal, including featured performance slots at the comedy store in Hollywood, Toronto Pride, the Crossroads Theater in Denver, Shark Club in Omaha Hawthorne Theater in pdx and the Green Mill in Chicago, amongst numerous others all around the continent of North America. Check out more at

BONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET CHAMPIONSHIPS! “DAVIS vs. ironpoetbobbyGIBBS” – oh man! the time has come. months and years and days in the making, our two longest running champions are going head to head to decide this championship once and for all (insert more sports cliches here)! The grinder at the diner!!!, as current champion NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS defends his title vs. past champion ROBERT BLACKWELL GIBBS! Original haiku, short poem and incorporation pieces. One diabolical secret ingredient from chairman YOSH SHARTIN! 3 judges will settle the debate! Can’t WAIT!!! There’ll probably be aprons!

ralphsdinerAEPEX POSITION has promised snacks & a new PA system for us to test drive  (thanks for your patience everyone as we try to bring you the best sound as well as things to listen to!)! Thanks to JORDAN for treating us to awesome frozen banana cookie samiches last week! Speaking of BANANAS, CHERYL MADDELENA from Boise left us all breathless with an insane feature! MATT & THE BASTARDS have a choke hold on the house band position and you’d have to bring a pretty big crow bar to pry those instruments outta their hands! Heard we got some special guests coming down from Maine to hang with us! Shaping up to be quite the memorable show! Let’s go!


Monday! Nov 3rd! CHERYL MADDALENA from BOISE, IDAHO! Plus the “Cold November Rain, Power Ballad Lyric or Poem?” Guess Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 29, 2014 by dirtygerund

maddalenaCHERYL MADDALENA is a poet, mommy, engineer, and psychologist… but not all at the same time. Slam-master of Boise, she has reached the National Poetry Slam, Individual World Poetry Slam, Group Piece, and Women of the World Poetry Slam Finals stages as a competitor, backup dancer, emcee, and opening act. She has also made top four at the NUPIC underground indies, been featured as part of the Slam Legends Showcase, and been Haiku Death-match Champion. Cheryl chalks up all of her successes to her unparalleled attendance record since 2001 – no still-competing poet in the world has been to more consecutive National Poetry Slams. Gold star! Photo credit: Cody Spanbauer. This is her first stop on her first ever east coast tour, so come through and make her feel welcome!!!

BONUS RUCKUS: The first ever, “80’s Rock Power Ballad Lyric orNovemberRain Slam Poem,” super guess challenge! Yeah, we just wanted to do something to invoke the “Cold November Rain,” Guns & Roses epic power ballad for the chilling that we’re all going to be taking part in soon. Here’s the deal, one of us is gonna deliver either classic lines from popular slam poems, or lyrics from popular 80’s love power ballads. Your job? Buzz in and guess! First to three gets a frosty glass of power on us! or a mullet! Everybody needs somebody… you’re not the only one!!! (insert wicked guitar solo here!)

7 Hills Slam Poster_Nov_Color3-01Congrats to EMILEE “Last Unicorn” MORREALE for her impressive win in the persona costume challenge last week! Also in the great news for Em department, We got the next two weeks of snacks lined up! Rice cake alerts work (especially when spoken aloud and not planted at the end of tedious blog posts, haha). JORDAN FORMICHELLI has got us this Monday and AEPEX POSITION is hitting us up on the 10th! MATT & THE BASTARDS continue to light it up as house band, money in the bucket style! YOSH & MIKEY are impressed with the sounds… and your tips! Remember, the next instalment of SEVEN HILLS POETRY SLAM is happening this Sunday Night with open mic, open slam, spotlight by ALEX CHARALAMBIDES and feature by the incredible PRINCESS CHAN! Support Worcester Poetry Slam and come down to the SAHARA by 7pm! Share the facebook invite too!