Monday June 23rd! 2014 Prov Grand Slam Champ MARSHALL “Gripp” GILSON! Plus the “Shatner-ize my Cummings!” Performance Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 22, 2014 by dirtygerund

marshallgrippgilsonPOETRY FEATURE: MARSHALL “GRIPP” GILLSON is a nerd by day and a rapper/poet by day also. He has released five independent LPs, two mixtapes, several compilation albums, and a number of mythical creatures from captivity. His fifth solo album, “Ansible”, was released on January 21, 2014. He has been an active slam poet since 2008, representing four different venues in three different states in national competition. As the current Providence Grand Slam champion, he will travel to Pheonix to represent the city in the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam. He is also the founder and editor of the independent literary magazine “The Misanthropy”. In his spare time, he enjoys arguing, pontificating, and writing biographies in the third person. This is his first time featuring in Worcester and we’re psyched! Check out more at

BONUS RUCKUS: Return of the “Shatner-Ize my Cummings!” cummingsPerformance Challenge! Ever seen William Shatner cover Elton John’s Rocket Man? No? Really? It’s hilarious! We’ve coined the phrase Shatner-ize to mean doing an over the top celebrity impersonation to someone else’s art work in order to maximize hilarity, and uhm, artistic merit. Ugh. EE Cummings is considered a classic innovative poet known for his lack of stylistic and structural conformity. We’ll clip some of his best known verse, you bring your best celebrity impersonation, rock our mic and win!

juliusjonesJULIUS JONES returns to front the guest house band this week! Mareh’s been holding it down as Snack Time Summer Queen, but if you’re interested in volunteering one soon, let us know and we’ll let her know!  former Iron Poet Champ, Miss Dirty Gerund, JACKIE MORRILL is trying on the visual arts pants this Monday! YOSH & MIKEY like your hat!  Summer Summer Summer Time, Let’s just sit back and… un-…. uhm… forget unwinding, things are WINDING UP to explose with an incredible summer in Dirty Gerund Land! Let’s go!

Monday! June 16th! KALEIGH O’KEEFE from Boston! Plus FRANKEN-POEM Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 13, 2014 by dirtygerund

kaleighOkeefePOETRY FEATURE: KALEIGH O’KEEFE is a performance poet and fine artist working and studying in Boston, Massachusetts, who has shown her work and performed in many venues across New England, solo and as part of FLATLINE POETRY Performance Troupe. She currently works to uphold the legacy Lewis Morris started as the president of The OFFICIAL Massart Poetry Alliance, where she organizes and hosts open mics, poetry slams, and special events. Kaleigh works mainly with ceramics, but has also worked with iron, bronze, aluminum, steel, rubber, plastic, wood carving and joinery, mixed media, site specific installations, and is a skilled and passionate mold-maker for life and object casting. Kaleigh is also passionate about education, sparked by working with the Gallery Education Team at the Bakalar and Paine Galleries in Boston for the past two years, and is currently working towards a BFA in Sculpture and History of Art of at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

BONUS RUCKUS: The return of “FRANKEN-POEM” frankenpoemCHALLENGE – We’ve had some fun with this game in the past! Here’s the scoop. Nick & I will snip & cull stanzas from some of our favorite poems (not out of the actual books mind you, we like our books, do you mind?). Your job, choose several beautiful lines at random and see if you can put them in an order than makes sense and makes out senses tingle with artistic goodness. Deliver your stitched poem together and win a tasty beverage of your choice! This poem! It’s alive! ALIVE!!!!!

ralphsdinerWe welcome BASTARD KIDS as they return to house band us into glory! Resident visual artist will be local luminary JENNIPUR JANE! Thanks to MAREH K for devilling our eggs last week! We look forward to what her summer residency brings to our table next! We’re excited to retun to RALPHS DINER! We liked the digs at Nick’s a lot, but there’s no place like home! YOSH & MIKEY didn’t notice we were gone, super sad face! I write streams of semi-consciousness like i’m BEAT! I’m beat, but you can’t beat the Gerund!


Posted in Uncategorized on June 6, 2014 by dirtygerund

Hey everybody! Due to a double booking at Ralphs this Monday, the 4 time WoMag “Best of” Poetry Series will be moving to NICK’s BAR at 124 Millbury Street, Worcester FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY!!!! So excited to check out some new fancy digs for an evening!

maya New York native MAYA PHILLIPSs 2010 and 2011 slam teams. She competed for the Boston Poetry Slam at the National Poetry Slam in Cambridge and Boston as a member of the 2011 team. Maya holds her BFA in Writing, Literature and Publishing with a concentration in poetry from Emerson College, where she completed a creative thesis in poetry and an academic thesis examining gender roles and the portrayal of women in Greek drama. She is a freelance writer/copy editor and also works at the Academy of American Poets. She lives in Brooklyn, NY. This is Maya’s first time featuring in Worcester, so let’s pack NICK’s and make sure that her brief New England Tour is a memorable one!

BONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET QUALIFIER – We’re still working on confirming both qualifier candidates, but this is sure to be a brilliant match up! Two poets get a secret ingredient at the beginning of the night! They each prepare three poetic concoctions, haiku, short poem and an incorporation, where they take the ingredient and include it into a poem they’ve read at the Gerund before! At the end of the first half, they serve up their creations to the audience and three judges who give a score based on taste, presentation and of course, use of the secret ingredient. Insanity or inanity ensues. Poet with the highest cumulative score, earns the right to face Champion NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS in next month’s championship! Oh no, YOSH SHARTIN will not be at Nick’s Bar to give us an ingredient. I’m calling an armored truck company, talking security guards with brief cases cuffed to the wrist! We go in…. the kitchen!

One night only house band in the works! Visual arts will be had! Good times! NICK’s BAR sells really fine cocktails and the best pretzels in town. If you want burgers? Eat ahead of time. Just saying! Parking is pretty plentiful on Millbury Street. Out door patio in back for those who enjoy fresh air. Let’s all dress up a bit. Our bar man Sean will be rocking a tie, why don’t you? Open mic’s have been packed lately, get down by 8:30 to assure yourself a spot! Join us! So rare that we’re outta our comfort zone! Come heckle us there! 🙂

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!