Hi 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.
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!
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!
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.
So I talk a lot about my writing and poetry readings on this blog, but I also do performance art once in a while. Here’s something that happened while I was getting ready for a photo shoot for a show we’re doing in April.
The term -beauty is pain-, has never been accepted by my body, it usually rebels.
For example today I tried to put a cockring on for the first time, to wear during a photo shoot under my undies. To make things look shapelier. (performers and strippers do this all the time) I tried a hard plastic one, was told you have to squish your bits in to get it through, and my delicates right away screamed in agony, engorged themselves and would not go through.
I tried a looser rubber one, and got it on okay, but as soon as my balls thought they might be in danger again, they were like, FUCK NO! And abruptly shrunk themselves into my body, therefore shooting the cockring across the room, knocking a MyLittlePony figuring off a bookshelf.
Don’t worry y’all, Piinkie Pie is fine.
I went to the photoshoot sans cockring. Sigh…but anyway, DON’T MISS DR. ZEBROSKI’S SUPER SPECIAL SHOW COMING TO THE BRAVA THEATRE IN APRIL 2015!!!!
Hi Everyone! I’m doing some storytelling tonight at this awesome show called Shit Creek! Hosted by the super cute Nick Stargu, Jesse Fernandez and Mary Van Note! The venue is the incredible Lost Weekend Video! Buy your tickets now! The theme of the show is High School, Freshman year, so to get my writing juices flowing, I have been staring at a picture of me from the 9th grade, for hours, it’s frightening. I was 15 and wanted to do nothing but sit in my room writing suicidal poems listening to the The Crow Soundtrack on a loop. SEE YOU TONIGHT AT THE SHOW!!
For more info on the show, go to their fb page HERE!
to buy tickets GO HERE!
CHECK OUT THE POSTER! YAY
SHIPWRECK! Come help me make fun of Ayn Rand! For more info and tickets, click here SHIPTICKETS!!
THE SHOUT! Storytelling in Oakland, at The Perch! For more info click here! SHOUT IT OUT!
RADAR BANNED BOOKS READING! Come check it out! At Books Inc. More info, click HERE!
PEEPHOLE! Comedy, Music, Storytelling at Pinhole Cafe, here is the FB page COFFEE!
if you all gots questions, just find my email in the about page, if you want to book me, BOOK ME! I’m pretty cheap!! email me and we can make it raaaaaain, poetry!