I’m going to be on SPOKEN HEARD! With Susan Dobbe Chase!

spokenHEARDHi every one, tune in Sunday to listen to me being interviewed live by Susan Dobbe Chase with SPOKENHEARD! SpokenHeard is a forum for SpokenWord artists and has interviewed a ton of my favorite poets, so I’m honored and very happy to be on the show, so TUNE IN!!

WHEN: Sunday February 22nd!

WHAT TIME?: 1pm Eastern, 12pm Central, 11am Mountain and 10am Pacific time zones, OR as a webcast after the live the live broadcast

Check it out here SPOKENHEARD!

SMACK MY DAB TONIGHT, AT SMACKDAB OPEN MIC!!

Hi guys, after 6 years I’m featuring at SmackDab again! Yay! Come check it out! It is a queer open mic in the heart of the Castro. NEWeweriguess

Here is the info from their fB invite page


If you’d like to perform at the open mic, please come beginning at 7:30pm and bring five minutes of whatever you want to share.

Musicians: one song. Prose writers: that’s about two and a half double spaced pages of prose. We’re the friendliest open mic you’ll find but we pay attention to time.

February 18 , 8pm, open mic signup starts at 7:30
At Magnet, your neighborhood queer health center, 4122 18th Street between Castro and Collingwood in San Francisco. Accessible Venue.
http://www.magnetsf.org/

Hope to see some of you there.

hugs, Baruch.

I’M PERFORMING AT OASIS SF, AT PERFOMERAMA!!

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I’m incredibly excited about this show. I’ve always been a big fan of Marga Gomez. Saw her show, Not Getting Any Younger, LOVED IT, and then I saw her other show Love Birds, LOVED it! And now I’m performing alongside at the new SF queer venue everybody is talking about! SF Oasis! Joining us is the very very talented and very funny Dhaya Lakshminarayanan! So if you’re free Monday night, tomorrow actually, come see me at Marga Gomez’s PERFORMERAMA!

Marga Gomez will be doing something from her new piece called “Pound”
Dhaya Lakshminarayanan will be doing an excerpt from “Nerd Nation”
Baruch Porras-Hernandez(that’s me!) will be doing an excerpt from his new show called “When I was a Color Kid”, that is the title of the excerpt, the show itself is currently titled “Agarrate.” but might change cause I’m terrible at making up my mind.

Oasis Marga Gomez Feb 9 handflierMonday February 9, 2015
New theater and cabaret by mad talents
Second Mondays, 90 minutes

Save $$$ buy advance online, ENTER CODE: baby
Click for tix – http://sfoasis.com/event.cfm?cart&id=140854

Show: 8pm
Doors: 7pm
$8 in Advance/ $10 Door
21 and over
298 Eleventh Street (at Folsom) San Francisco

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCES

Marga Gomez “Pound” (first public performance)
Not for the faint of crotch, “Pound” penetrates the cinematic lesbian limbo where plumbers, showgirls, murderers and school teachers hook up after the movie fades to black and the Netflix rental is returned. Corky has a winning hand but her luck isn’t so good with the ladies. All she wants is sex in her truck from a sympathetic femme with a backstory. But every woman Corky meets has been created by a dude. What is a fictional dyke to do? Marga Gomez plays Corky and the dykiest denizens ever conjured by Hollywood’s dream factory. Marga is the writer/ performer of ten more solo plays that have been performed nationally and internationally. She is a GLAAD Media Award winner and recipient of the 2014 ABC7’s Profile in Excellence Award and the 2014 Bay Area Theater Critic’s “Gene Price Award” for “superlative professionalism and passion for Bay Area theatre” For more about Marga visit www.margagomez.com

Dhaya Lakshminarayanan “Nerd Nation” (excerpt) Dhaya tells the hilarious story of nerds in modern America and the evolution (not creation, because nerds believe in science) of her nerd identity. She says “We are still a country where Kim Kardashian will always have more name recognition than Neil deGrasse Tyson. Astrophysics still cannot compete with booty” Dhaya is the host of the monthly Moth StorySlam in San Francisco, a favorite on NPR’s storytelling series Snap Judgment and an award winning comedian. For more about Dhaya visit dhayacomedy.com

Baruch Porras-Hernandez “When I Was A Color Kid” In 1985, one boy in Toluca, Mexico decides to wear princess sleeves, a head band, tights and gay it up to throw the gayest party of his life in a world where things that are fabulous get torn apart. Join Buddy Blue, Canary Yellow, Patti Green, all of Baruch’ cousins and of course Rainbow Brite for a story about having the courage to be who you are. Baruch, spoken word artist, actor, host, performer and storyteller holds a Lambda Literary Fellowship in poetry. He has performed all over North America and in the Bay Area at The National Queer Arts Festival and storytelling destinations The Moth, Bawdy Storytelling and The Shout. He is also a popular host and curator for KQED and The San Francisco Queer Open Mic. But you guys knew that already.

hope to see you all there. 

Four Of My Poems in Assaracus 17.

20150126_20082720150126_201435Hi guys! Couple days ago I received something super great in mail, Assaracus volume 17, from Sibling Rivalry Press! I’ve been a big fan of Sibling Rivalry, and their journal Assaracus, a quarterly journal of gay poets for a long time. Poets that I’m close to are in past Assaracus issues, Wonder Dave, Sam Sax, James J. Siegle, and now, me! Yay! It even has a lovely cover! They published four of my poems. I’m very grateful to Eduardo C. Corral and the folks at Sibling Rivalry, the book looks great, can’t wait to read all the poems. My friends from the Lambda retreat Victor Vasquez and Ricardo Hernandez are also in the collection. 20150126_201103

My Frida Kahlo poem, Resting Gently On Her Unibrow which for some years now was the everyone loves, crowd pleaser, poem that no one wanted to publish is finally in a real book. One of my favorite poems, that took a lot of hard work and actual research to write is in there, Struts The Horse, Remembers Mr. Hands I’m happy this made it in, for a long time it was a poem that folks told me no one would publish,  I was told it was “too creepy”. I remember reading it at this one poetry show that was going really well, until I read the Struts poem, and the entire audience was shocked into silence. It was weird seeing 60 mouths wide open, eyes wide with horror. A friend when I got off stage said “Great poem, but it scares the crap outta me”  The poem Missing Men is sort of a part two of Keep Water In Jars published by Quiet Lightning, been working on those poems, it feels like, forever, began writing the three while I was a resident artist at The Banff Center in Canada. The third one, currently titled Then The Sunlight Forgives You, is yet to be finished. The last poem of mine in the collection is titled When Everything Lets Go, I’m actually rather giddy it’s in there. It is one of my newest poems that I did not know would find a home so soon. Get your copy here ASSARACUS

When I was a full time actor, I got to perform a play three times, four times a week, and it felt great. Now that I’m working on being a writer/performer full time, the moments of joy are smaller, few and far between, but when they do come, they are oh so lovely. One last thing I’m very grateful, and SURPRISED about, when I sat down to read all the poems, I glanced at the back of the book and look what I found, I did not know that was going to happen. Eeeek! 20150126_202303

UPCOMING SHOWS! DON’T MISS THEM! DON’T MISS ME! LOVE ME! MOVE ME! or don’t, but come to the shows anyway, cause yeah, and things.

BANNED BOOK BOOK CLUB, presented by the legendary RADAR PRODUCTIONS this is their banned book reading, queer edition that will be at BOOKS INC. in the Castro, at 2275 Market Street in San Francisco, 7pm, January 15. FREE. Hosted by Michelle Tea! Featuring Nia King, Kevin Killian, Daniel Levesque, Nan Alamilla Boyd, and of course, yours truly!

PEEPHOLE! COMEDY AND STORYTELLING at PINHOLE COFFEE January 16th at 231 Cortland Avenue, San Francisco at 7:30, FREE! I’ll be performing some storytelling alongside some great performers and comedians, put together by the wonderful MORGAN!

MARGA GOMEZ’ PERFORMERAMA!! So excited to be a part of this solo performer extravaganza! at THE SF OASIS! Brand new venue, brand new show! I’ll be performing a solo piece alongside Marga Gomez, and Dhaya Lakshminarayanan! February 9th! Show: 8pm, Doors: 7pm. $8 in Advance/ $10 Door. 21 and over, 298 Folsom (at 11th st) San Francisco, for Tickets, click HERE! and don’t forget to use the code: baby to get a sweet mexiqueerhomo discount!

Join me Tomorrow for RADAR PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS BANNED BOOK BOOK CLUB, at BOOKS INC. IN THE CASTRO, 7pm!

When I was asked to be a part of the Radar Banned Books Club readings, I automatically flashed back to being in the super closet, young, super depressed, I was at Cody’s Books, the old bookstore in Berkeley and somehow stumbled upon this book, and it helped me soooo much, especially the short story itself Am I Blue by Bruce Coville. It was one of those mind blowing moments, cause I realized that the guy who wrote the first novel I ever wrote, and loved in the 3rd grade was like me. Anyway, then I grew up to be the hairy homo I am today, and found out that the anthology was banned in a lot of places, what the fuck? I was really lucky to live somewhere that this book wasn’t banned. Come see me and other awesome writers tomorrow at Books Inc. In the Castro for Radar’s Banned Book Book Club at 7pm!banned books poster for meeeee

Here is the FB INVITE for more information, I’m reading alongside Nia King, Daniel Levesque, Kevin Killian, and Nan Alamilla Boyd, Hope to see you all there.