My First Love Poetry Festival, 2 down, one to go!


When we first got together James Siegel and I, I didn’t know how this show would turn out. I knew I wanted to work with James, join forces with GuyWriters, cause I love that organization and I enjoy working with James, and bring the San Francisco Queer Open Mic and and all that queer love to come together and do a poetry festival. And I feel it has been very successful so far. The first show at Books Inc was amazing, it got packed, the readers were on fire, we had Blythe Baldwin start off the night(I asked Blythe to be at every show, not just cause she’s a stellar performer but to help represent The San Francisco Queer Open Mic, since she is the co-host) then Amy Dentata made us laugh, then Nick Chin performed, then Greg Pond, then James read some of his work, then Kevin Simmonds came and blew us out of the water. Here are some pictures.

These lovely folks came and filled the bookstore and enjoyed some POETRY!


Amy Dentata, brought the wit and funny.


Greg Pond  and Blythe Baldwin.


Organizer and curator, head of GuyWrites the sexy James J. Siegel.


Headliner Poet, Kevin Simmonds author of Mad for Meat and editor of Collective Brightness.


Such a breath of fresh air, Nick Chin.


she is the best, organizer and cohost of The San Francisco Queer Open Mic, Blythe Baldwin.


Then we had a frickin awesome show at the second installment of My First Love at The San Francisco Public Library on April 18th. We had the incredible blessing of enjoying the poetic performance of Blythe Baldwin, Joshua Merchant, James J. Siegle, me, Baruch Porras-Hernandez, Sam Sax, and Wonder Dave.

pics! This is me, co-curator, organizer, Baruch Porras-Hernandez


Blythe Baldwinblythefirststst

the love!!crowd1

a lot of people packed into this little reading room. crowd23

more crowd, wooo.crowd2

Featured poet, Sam Sax.firsloveSam

featured Poet, Wonder DaveDDdave

Josh Merchant! JoshMyFirstLove

And if pictures are not enough, check out these lovely videos of the reading.

And don’t miss the last installment of My First Love at Martuni’s tomorrow Tuesday the 23rd at Martuni’s 4 Valencia at Valencia at Market. at 6:30pm, free with one drink minimum. Sign up list for the Queer Open Mic will fill up fast so get there on time.






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I’m telling a story at San Francisco’s sexiest storytelling series!!
7pm at Balancoire 2565 Mission St. San Francisco
$12 in Advance at
$15 at the Door, not safe for kiddies!

Storytellers and Writers unite in this unique night of wonderful pariings!
Porchlight will be featuring some storytellers and I’m going to be one of the writers
with Quiet Lightning doing a poem for the possibly sold out show,                                                 GET YOUR TICKETS NOW! $15 in advance or $20        8pm Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St, San Francisco.

MY FIRST LOVE Poetry Festival and Open Mic! April 18th
Part of National Poetry month GuyWriters and The San Francisco Queer Open Mic
celebrate the poets that first inspired them. Featuring Wonder Dave!  Sam Sax! and more       FREE with suggested donation
6pm SF Public Library 100 Larkin Street at their Gay and Lesbian Center 3rd Floor

MY FIRST LOVE Poetry Festival and Open Mic! April 23rd
Part of National Poetry month GuyWriters and The San Francisco Queer Open Mic
celebrate the poets that first inspired them. Featuring the legendary Regie Cabico!                     the ferocious Ben McCoy! And many more!  FREE with one drink minimum!
6:30pm at Martuni’s! 4 Valencia, San Francisco

At The Modern Times Bookstore                                                                                                           Featuring: Nic Alea with musical guest Tina And Her Pony!
7pm sign ups, 7:30pm show. FREE with suggested donation.
2919 24th Street at Alabama, San Francisco CA 94110

MY FIRST LOVE! Remember your first love?

Do you remember the first time you fell in love with a poem? That poem that you read over and over again when you were 14 and brought it to school and put it in your locker? The poet that made you actually go to to library and read everything there was to read about that poet? Then you rented Dead Poet Society and it was all over! Haha, well we decided to have everyone read the poet they fist fell in love with and bring a whole bunch of homos together for 3 incredible nights of poetry in San Francisco!


I’ve been working with the head organizer for GuyWriters, James J. Siegel for some time now, our mission, support gay poets. We had a blast putting together readings in the Castro a year or so ago titled PinotandPoetry and now we’re teaming up again, to bring San Francisco something really special, MY FIRST LOVE! It is going to be an incredible 3 day poetry and open mic festival featuring incredible writers from all over the queer spectrum, multi racial and multi generational, we got it all folks! From published authors to emerging young poets, reading their work, and most importantly a poem by the first writer that made them fall in love with poetry! I invite you all to come, not just cause all shows are free, not just cause you can sign up to read your own work, not just cause James and I will be your damn sexy hosts, but because going to a poetry show can be the holiest thing you’ll do all month, and you won’t want to miss author, musician, activist Kevin Simmonds, the incredible writer, performer Wonder Dave, all the way from Washington D.C. the legendary Regie Cabico, Oakland Grandslam Champion and head organizer of the New Shit Show Sam Sax, the ferocious Ben McCoy, storyteller and spoken word artist Blythe Baldwin(also my fucking awesome co-host for the San Francisco Queer Open Mic) blogger, writer, performer Amy Dentata, writer performer Cam Awkward Rich, author Greg Pond, with the powerful Joshua Merchant and the lovely Nicholas Vortex Chin.

April 4th, Books Inc 7:30 2275 Market St.
featured readers
Kevin Simmons!
Blythe Baldwin
Nick Chin
Amy Dentata
Greg Pond

April 18th San Francisco 6pm Public Library 100 Larkin Street at their Gay and Lesbian Center 3rd Floor
featured readers
Sam Sax!
Wonder Dave
Josh Merchant
Blythe Baldwin

April 23rd Martuni’s 6:30 4 Valencia
featured readers
All the way from Washington D.C. Regie Cabico!
Ben McCoy
James J. Siegel
Christopher Soto
Cam Akward Rich
Blythe Baldwin


All shows will be FREE, with an optional donation.

The Open Mic list, will fill up fast so please arrive on time.

for more information or any questions please contact or