Monday June 2nd! FRANNY CHOI from Providence! TRUDEL & FARNHAM House Band! PLUS! “Are you listening?” Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 28, 2014 by dirtygerund

frannychoiPOETRY FEATURE: FRANNY CHOI is a Korean-American writer, performer, and teaching artist. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and the author of Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody Publishing, 2014). She has been a finalist at the three largest adult poetry slams in the nation, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry, PANK, Radius, Fringe, Apogee, and others. Her play Mask Dances has been staged at Brown University’s franny-bookWriting is Life Festival. As a Project VOICE teaching artist and Providence Poetry Slam coordinator, she is dedicated to supporting young writers, both in her local community and in classrooms across the country. For more info, check out!


BONUS RUCKUS: The return of the “Are you listening?” Listen Challenge! We’re super happy to have so areyoulisteningmany new DG enthusiasts out there! Shows have been jammed, but every now and again we get the sneaking suspicion that ya’ll aren’t opening your listening holes as much as we’d love! Let’s remedy this and put you to the test. Listen, I mean we hear you’re hearing it, but LISTEN to the first half of the show! We’ll scribble down some trivia and take three competitors who think they’ve been paying attention! First to get 3 correct and you win a sweet prize! If you’re doing a spectacular job listening, we may even run the game again after the second half! Listen here meow!

ADAM TRUDEL & KALA FARNHAM (pictured here) return on some musical house bandfarnham guest win business! Adam’s sister Amanda returns on som guest visual artist win business! Who’d got the snack? Let us know! YOSH & MICKEY think you guys are swell! Me and Nick think June’s gonna be a helluva month in Dirty Gerund Land! So many amazing features and fun times heading your way! Ya hear?


Monday May 26th! SEAN PATRICK MULROY visits DG! Molly & the Adams! Plus! “All is Fair…” Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 22, 2014 by dirtygerund

vanishpromoPOETRY FEATURE: SEAN PATRICK MULROY is the author of “The Pornography Diaries,” a poetic study of love and sex as seen through the lens of media study and film analysis.  Sean has performed his poetry in art galleries, literary festivals, concert venues, and universities in 10 countries and on 3 continents.  He has participated in 15 national poetry competitions, written and recorded 4 seanmulroyalbums of music, and sold over a thousand books of his poetry. He is a 2013 Lambda Literary Fellow, and his work has been published or is forthcoming in The Bakery, Muzzle, NailedThe Good Men Project, Assaracus, Rua de BaixoNetwork Awesome, Moonshot, Side B, Union Station, Tandem, Frigg, Neon,, Best Indie Literature of New England,  Flicker and Spark: A Contemporary Queer Anthology, and Ganymede. Sean currently resides in Boston while working on multiple projects in music, literature and television media.  He currently co-hosts the Boston Poetry Slam at the Cantab Lounge, and co-curates a monthly LGBTQ reading series, Moonlighting. Check out

love-playingcardsBONUS RUCKUS: The “All is Fair…” Guess Buzz Game Show Challenge! Love? Love love? Love war? (we hope not) Love Poems about anything under the sun (and a few things above)? Cool! This might be the game for you! This Memorial Day, we’re wheeling out a new buzz in guess challenge where NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS will read lines from well known poems! Your job? Buzz in and take your best educated guess at whether that poem is about love or war! Sounds easy! Guess correct, get a point. Get three points, well that’s a frosty tasty prize on us!

Guest House Band MOLLY & THE ADAMS on some return win-shit! dg-show-2014SORANA GATEJ came through with another beautiful painting last week! Bring them auction dollars! WE ARE IN A RICE CAKE ALERT! If nobody donates a snack this week, we are going to CODE RED RICE CAKE the following week! Nobody wants that! YOSH & MIKEY have been enjoying the up-turn in business, so make sure you give them the great kind! Nick misses you already or something!

Tonight! Monday 19th! $50 CASH POETRY SLAM, DG Style! Guest Visual Artist SORANA GATEJ!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 19, 2014 by dirtygerund

slam boxersPOETRY FEATURE: DIRTY G CASH FOR POEMS SLAM is concocted by NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS 4 rounds two per half
1st round: “traditional” round. (bring an original poem 3 min or less. any style.) 2nd round: Strictly Business round (at beginning of show you draw a business card from a hat. you have till round 2 to write a poem that fits on the back of the card using the business as prompt) $50$ prize money$ If there is 6 slammers signed up we will eliminate the bottom two at this time. The top scorer of the eliminated can challenge any one that’s moving on to a head to head “fux the judge let audience jury” duel. $50$ prize money – 3rd round: “traditional round” – 4th round: “Bring The Band round” Pretty simple. the house band for the night being led by the incredibly talented GEOFFREY WATSON OEHLING, will accompany you in this round. you’ll get a 10 second meet with him on stage. $50$ prize money – Top two performers will than engage in a head to head “fux soranaDGartthe judge let audience jury” duel. The one who gets most noise wins the sweet sweet prize money.

GUEST VISUAL ARTIST – SORANA GATEJ has consistently brought some of the best visual arts to our stage! Bring them crazee auction dollars cause you’re not going to want to miss your chance at bringing home her work! LAST WEEK was super packed and amazing, please arrive by 8:30 to guarantee your spot in the open mic! Rumor has it that Ralph’s has hot dogs now! HOT DOG!


Posted in Uncategorized on May 10, 2014 by dirtygerund

melissa-newman-evansPOETRY FEATURE: MELISSA NEWMAN-EVANS was a member of the 2012 and 2014 Boston Poetry Slam at the Cantab Lounge slam teams. She co-coaches the Emerson College slam team with her partner Kevin Spak, she has headlined poetry shows around the northeast. Her work has been recently published in Muzzle, Radius, [PANK], decomP, and Freeze Ray. She likes her lipstick red. (photo by Marshall Goff).

BONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET CHAMPIONSHIPS! “DAVIS vs. IronPoetApronCLAUSS” – This is it! 3 original concoctions! 2 competitors! One championship trophy! and one diabolical secret ingredient from YOSH SHARTIN! Your champion NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS is fully clothed, hugging his trophy fiercely in the bathtub, he’s muttering something about excellence. I can’t keep track. Challenger CHRISTOPHER CLAUSS is one of the most worthy challengers we’ve ever had. But we all know that in Iron Poet (like in life) the worthy don’t always win! 3 judges will decide!

LTABMA 2014 LogoADAM TRUDELL & KALA FARNHAM return on music! Adam’s lil’ sis AMANDA LEIGH is visual art-ing us and staking her claim as “the talented one” in the family! Ha ha! Thanks to Mareh for the snack last week! Who wants eternal blog thanks glory? Hit us up! Last but not least! Alex hopes you can all make it to the youth poetry festival he’s been working spending so much of his non-DG time on! Check out MASS LEAP COLLECTIVE website for details, May 10th, 11th & 15th in Boston! Support the future Gerunders!

Monday May 5th! ~ JOE FUSCO JR! ~ House band by Bellemer! Plus! “Laureate or Wustah Poet?” Guess Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 2, 2014 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: JOE FUSCO JR. is a poet/humorist/grocer who is well-known in fuscoCentral Massachusetts and Belgium. His new collection of poems/essays “Three-Score” is awaiting publication. Joe’s musings have appeared in Ballard Street Poetry Journal, Best Indie Lit Journal, Worcester Magazine, The Worcester Review,, Concrete Wolf, and, of course, various publications in Belgium. We’re not sure why we’ve waited so long to bring Joe’s wit and charm to our stage for a full feature, but we think it’s high time for us all bask in the warm glow! You know?!

BONUS RUCKUS: The New “Poet Laureate or Wustah Poet?” Three-deckersSuper Game Show Guess Quiz Challenge! We read the news, especially when 4 different friends share it on our facebook feeds. Just this week, the finely attuned taker of cultural temperatures, VICTOR INFANTE posed and interesting question in this TELEGRAM & GAZETTE ARTICLE about whether or not Worcester should consider naming a new poet laureate. We don’t have much to add to the conversation (Nick is frantically looking up “laureate” as I type this). But we are good at jumping on popular trends and milking them for game show gold! The challenge! NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS is going to scour the poetry of national poet laureates of the past as well as my local author chapbook collection for quoted lines. He reads one, you buzz in and tell us “Laureate!” or “Wustah poet!” – watch out for the Kunitz WildCard – First to get three points wins a frothy glass of victory!

hilarydulinYou all have Nick’s mom LINDA DAVIS to thank for saving ya’ll from RICE CAKE PURGATORY! Visual arts this week by HILLARY DULIN. Musical guest and house band leader JEFF BELLEMER returns for some “best in the biz harp player” win-shit. Your humble Dirty Gerund organizers wish to thank all who voted for us as we accept our 4th consecutive “Worcester Magazine Best of” Award for Poetry Series. Seriously thanks to all of you who support our ruckus. We will carry on for at least another week. And you can take THAT to your local credit union! (trying to see if that phrase catches on in case any local credit union’s wish to sponsor us, banks won’t return our calls, or cash our checks…)

Monday April 28th! Lizard Lounge Slam Team Member LISSA PIERCY! Plus Emily Dickinson “on helium!” Challenge! RICE CAKE ALERT!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 24, 2014 by dirtygerund

lissapiercyPOETRY FEATURE: LISSA PIERCY has always loved to write, but truly found her passion for poetry in the spring of 2012, when she co-founded Wheelock College’s performance group, FLOW (the Fundamental Lyricists of Wheelock). The following summer, Lissa turned her focus to teaching and created a six week poetry curriculum for a nonprofit organization in Boston, MA called MissionSAFE. Lissa now teaches and performs as part of the professional performance group Flatline Poetry, which she co-founded in May of 2013.Lissa has featured at various poetry venues in and around Boston, including the “if you can Feel it, you can Speak it” open mic at The Milky Way and the “Lost Voices of Boston” open mic at The Middle East. Lissa is currently based in Boston, MA and is pursuing a Bachelor’s of Social Work at Wheelock College with a minor in Juvenile Justice. She looks forward to focusing on poetry full time when she graduates in May of 2014. Talk about good timing, we booked her and a week later she makes her first National Poetry Slam Team, she’ll be representing the Boston Lizard Lounge Team in Oakland this summer! First feature in Worcester, come down and say you saw her before she was famous!

BONUS RUCKUS: The Return of the EMILY DICKINSON (on emilydickinsonHELIUM) Performance Challenge! It’s just what we said. We bring the helium tank, balloons and Dickinson poems! Your job, hit that ish hard and then go hard on some classic verse! Whoever holds it together the best, gets a rad prize! Yo! Don’t hit that too hard now, you’re gonna float right up into the second floor (which isn’t open on Mondays)! Sheesh! If you’re already a high pitched soprano, this challenge might now be for you! “Because I could not stop for ruckus, he kindly stopped for me…..” oh wow, my head hurts!

geoffoehlingThe incredible GEOFFREY WATSON OEHLING returns on the stand-up bass guitar! Visual artist our favorite TBD! Who’s got the snacks? That’s two weeks in a row where we hooked that up, so ya’ll are in an offical RICE CAKE ALERT – if nobody donates this Monday, the following will be bland generic rice cakes. Don’t make us be like that! Cause we’ll be like that! YOSH SHARTIN makes the best burgers in town and can cut you off! We’ve seen it happen. It happened to us. We deserved it. You all deserve better! That’s why you gotta hang out with us! Let’s give this art thing a try!

Monday April 21st – DIRTY GERUND saves Hip Hop (again) w/ Worcester Emcee DANNY FANTOM, LEON LEGACY & The Vanguard! Plus the return of the “Prose Cuddle” Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 18, 2014 by dirtygerund

dannyfantomDANNY FANTOM, LEON LEGACY & THE VANGUARD is a loose collective hailing from Worcester’s notorious independent music scene. Mixing genre’s from each of the band members respective backgrounds, the Vanguard has created a sound unlike any other New England has seen. Spearheaded by Molly & the Adams, an independent band based out of MA, the group formed after working with rappers DannyFantom and Leon Legacy on a song about positivity. After realizing the potential they had as a whole, with the help of Lee Canales, the group was formed. The Vanguard is currently working on a genre-bending debut EP. You can catch the Leon_Legacy_Polarity-front-largeVanguard performing at our show the Monday, the keep rocking with them at The Electric Haze Tuesday, May 20th. Rock out with us and this exciting new project as the Vanguard will be double working as guest house band that evening as well!



bunniescuddleBONUS RUCKUS: The Return of the “PROSE CUDDLE” Challenge – Started from the bottom, now you’re here? Well do we have the challenge for you? If you can blaze through bars like sailor on shore leave, then this is for you? Can’t rap, but are known for your insightful compliments? Well this challenge is actually for you as well! Step to the mic and battle with kindness. This is the exact opposite of a rap battle. Instead of rapping, feel free to just talk. Instead of battle, please compliment your opponent to the best of your abilities. Draw the most “awwwwwsssss” from our audience and win a nice prize! “Don’t be nice” actually means “be the nicest”!

savehiphopYou know what’d be nice? If someone wanted to volunteer a snack time! VOID SANSANGE will be rocking the live art work this Monday! YOSH misses CHICKEN (he doesn’t say anything but you can tell) but makes up for it by grilling the best burgers in town! Great show last week! Full open mic list so get down to Ralphs by 8:30pm if you want to get down with us! Hip Hop might not literally get saved, but I bet we’ll get closer than most! We’re hyperbolic like, like, uhm, commercial rap artists! Oooooooh!