Monday March 4th! LU TEED features! Plus! IRON POET CHAMPIONSHIPS!

Posted in Uncategorized on February 27, 2019 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: LU TEED wants to be your Facebook friend, sometimes forgets adults exist, and is frequently covered in magic marker. They love being a preschool teacher, and are really tired. They got a degree, but think college is often unkind. They’re thankful for their teams, and making it to CUPSI semifinals stage twice. They’re thankful for you.

BONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET CHAMPIONSHIPS “Wonder vs. Pond” – Champion ASHLEY WONDER faces off against fresh faced newcomer JOY POND in the poetic clash where there’s new poems being cooked live right there and then! Original haiku, short freeform and incorporation rounds all based off one diabolical secret ingredient! This is going to be fun!

SAMI WISELL handles live arts, follow @Gypsysami on insta for more info! AKIBA DAVIS heads up the live house band for all your music needs! We’re on insta gram now, and even have a Youtube Channel. Come down this Monday and get youtube famous! Subscribe!

Monday Feb 25th! Boston Emcee MARQUIS FILTHY features! Plus Return of the “Prose Cuddle” Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on February 20, 2019 by dirtygerund

FEATURED ARTIST: MARQUIS FILTHY, a 21 year old Boston rap artist, believes in creating authentic music that preserves the culture of hip hop and propels it into a direction that influences listeners to capture their passions. Shortly after high school, Filthy embarked on this journey to follow his passion for music, his “Plan A.” With Filthy at the lead, Plan A consists of creative individuals who share the same vision and values. Since releasing his debut project The Glo Up in October 2016, Marquis Filthy went on to launch two annual local annual concerts with Plan A and has also been nominated for 617Sessions Artist of the Year by the Boston Music Awards. Filthy is currently working on a new album to be released next year. Song Link:

BONUS RUCKUS: Return of the “PROSE CUDDLE” Challenge – No intricate rhyme schemes needed to compete in this battle. Unlike rap battles, this is a compliment challenge, where you elicit the most “awwwws” from the audience, instead of most “ohhhh!”s. Makes sense right? Well, it will. We’ll rock a few times rounds. Use your most vivid imagery and poetic artistry to make your opponent feel good. Winner of the bracket style tournament get’s a drink on us and that should make us all feel good!

MEAN SPIRIT is back as house band this Monday! Visual arts will be provided by @Jenny__ocean. Visual arts director KING OF THE WEIRD is working on a monthly zine for the Dirty Gerund. If you’ve got ideas, poem snippets, drink reviews, or fun stories about your time at the show, send along to us at We’re also now on instagram, follow us!

Monday! Feb 18th! MYLES BULLEN from Portland! Plus! “Sweet & Sour” Valentine Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on February 15, 2019 by dirtygerund

FEATURED PERFORMER: MYLES BULLEN is a Native American, Indie Rapper and Performance Poet who when not touring, is gallivanting around Portland, Maine . His music and poetry shed light on Addiction,  Depression, and the struggle of being positive and creative in a self destructive society. His art is influenced by indie rappers, singer-songwriters, and spoken word poets. Myles performs in a wide range of environments including educational spaces, community arts venues, juvenile prisons, rehabilitation centers, music festivals, poetry cafes, indie rap basement shows, backyards and house concerts. Myles’ language art has led him to travel through 45 states to Perform and lead Workshops. myles has shared stage w/: Milo, Astronautalis, Mr. Lif, MC Lars, Hopsin, Spose, PROF, Ceschi, Handmade Moments, God.Damn.Chan and Dominque Christine.

BONUS RUCKUS: The first ever “SWEET & SOUR” Post-Valentine’s Day Challenge: Eat an Umeboshi Plum, then read a valentine poem written by Esther Howland credited with being the “Mother of Valentines” who lived right here IN Worcester MA! Visual arts being handled by EMMI P! House band led by the incredible MARIKA! We’ve got an instagram now! (welcome to 2014!) “follow” us, cause that sounds so much cooler than “liking” us!

Monday! Feb 11th! WAYNE HENRY from Dallas Texas! Plus “Prompt & Circumstance” Challenge!

Posted in Uncategorized on February 8, 2019 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: Raised in South Central Los Angeles, poet WAYNE HENRY was exposed to a melting pot of different cultures which allows for him to have a broad canvas for his work. Wayne Henry moved to Dallas TX in 2008 and has become a passionate poet who writes each line to watch it come alive through poetry. Apart from poetry, working with the youth has been what he feels is his crowning achievement. Accolades include:
Ranked 5th at Individual World Poetry Slam Finals in 2018 and two time member of the Dallas Poetry Slam team, which is currently ranked 5th at the National Poetry Slam.

BONUS RUCKUS: Return of the “Prompt & Circumstance” Writing Challenge! The random-ass object you select by chance turns into BOTH your writing prompt AND writing surface! Winner gets a drink on us! Everyone gets to keep their object! Most of us will have fun!

The boys from MEAN SPIRIT are back to shine the back up band shine! HALEY ELIZABETH LINNET is back providing the live visual arts! We’ll be back providing the sound equipment necessary for hosting such amazing work! And we might crack a few jokes and tip a few glasses while we’re at it!

Is it Monday yet?

Monday Feb 4th! EBO BARTON from Seattle Washington! Plus! Poem or Wrestling Promo? Guess Quiz Show!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 31, 2019 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: EBO BARTON is a Black and Filipino, Transgender and Non-Binary, poet and educator. Currently residing in Seattle, Washington (by way of Los Angeles, California) wondering what the f*!# snow even is.  As a representative of Seattle, they’ve been on 4 National Slam Teams and participated at 3 Individual World Poetry Slams.  Their most notable poetry slam accolade is placing 5th in the world in 2016.  Ebo curated and directed, How to Love THIS Queer Body of Color: An Unapology and wrote and directed the award-winning play, Rising Up.  You may have seen Ebo’s work in Adrienne: A Poetry Journal by Sibling Rivalry Press, SlamFind, Write About Now, Button Poetry and All Def Poetry.  They and their work have been featured in Seattle WeeklySeattle Gay NewsSeattle Review of Books, and Crosscut. Their work touches on political issues from a personal point of view and often is birthed from the struggles of living in the identities that they are. Ebo believes in the power of language and art as a tool for revolution.

BONUS RUCKUS: Hey, is that from a poem or a wrestling promo? Guess Quiz Show Challenge! We’ll buy a drink for the Gerunder who enjoys all the meats of our cultural stew! Think you can discern the wisdom from luminaries like Langston Hughes, or Ric Flair? Was that a Sapho quote, or something the Macho Man yelled into Mean Gene’s Mic. Yeah, it might be a stretch, but what the heck!

More open mic, live music, live art from LAM NGUYEN and all the rest of the best! Dirty Gerund is trying to prepare for it’s role as being the local GOAT after the Patriots’s Super Bowl Run is over. Come be the GOAT with us!

Monday Jan 28th! Iron Poet Champ ASHLEY WONDER! Plus Iron Poet Qualifier!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 25, 2019 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: ASHLEY WONDER has been writing for over ten years. Performing professionally for the past five with dynamic passion to give hope to her audiences. She became apart of the Slam Community in 2014. Repping Worcester her hometown, in Oakland 2015, Decatur, GA 2016. Earned Iron Poet Champion held in Worcester, MA at Ralph’s Diner. She has featured in Troy, New York at Poetic Vibe, all around MA, Boston (Hard Rock Cafe), RI including many colleges and universities such as Holy Cross, Wheelock among others. She enjoys teaching poetry workshops to youth of all ages to show how fun and interactive Spoken Word can be. She also believes in the power of tea and naps.

BONUS RUCKUS: IRON POET QUALIFIER well we’ve got to find a competitor for our champ! We’ve called on VESPER MOORE who’s returned after some time off the mic, and JOY POND, one of our hungriest poet newcomers, as they both take the Iron Poet Stage for the first time! What will the diabolical secret ingredient be? Let’s find out!

KING OF THE WEIRD is back at the paints! We’ve got some new stickers and art coming your way, designed by our new Visual Arts Director! MEAN SPIRIT is in the house as the house band! See you Monday!

Monday, Jan 14th! NARK LIZARD features! Plus 2018 Ruckusee awards (we mean it this time!)

Posted in Uncategorized on January 12, 2019 by dirtygerund

POETRY FEATURE: 2017 Ruckuteer of the year award winner, NARK LIZARD is a nonbinary performer who hails from ruckus encompassing seven hills of Worcester, Massachusetts. They are a Capricorn, listen to too many podcasts, and will be your hype man. Lizard is a graduate of the Visual Arts Magnet at Burncoat Senior High School, with a background in photography and multimedia art. They have been given awards from METG (Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild) in set and costume design. New to the scene of performance poetry they also stepped in as the captain of the FEMS Slam Team representing The Dirty Gerund in 2018.

Bonus Ruckus: The Ruckusee Awards. If you did something cool at our show last year, we’re probably gonna honor it with an award, red carpet style! Logistics forced us to delay a couple weeks. But we’ll have awards, (or push to next week again, darn printer on the fritz!)

Live art, live music, all the beer and burgers you could ask for!