SHORT BIO: Baruch Porras-Hernandez is a Pushcart Prize nominated writer, performer and standup comedian, named one of the 13 Top Bay Area Writers to Watch in 2016 by 7×7 Magazine in San Francisco. You can find his writing published online, in journals, and several anthologies, he was named a Lambda Literary Poetry Fellow in 2014, and a Lambda Literary Playwriting Fellow in 2016. He’s been featured in Writers with Drinks, has performed several times with Radar Productions, LitQuake, and is a winner of Literary Death Match, Write Club, The Moth, and Munid Diaries. He’s working on several play commissions, and is a recipient of a grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission. He is The Voice of Shipwreck SF Fan Fiction Competition and Podcast and regularly hosts literary shows with KQED. He is the founder and head organizer for ¿Donde Esta Mi Gente? created in part by a grant from Galerìa de la Raza. He was born in Toluca, Mexico and grew up in Albany, California.
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Baruch Porras-Hernandez’ poetry appears in Aim for the Head anthology of Zombie Poetry –Write Bloody Publishing, Divining Divas 100 poems by gay men on their muses– Lethe Press, Tandem anthology of the LitSlam contest winners for 2012 – Bicycle Comics Press, Flicker and Spark Queer Anthology – Low Brow Press and Sparkle and Blink Issue 38 and issue 64 -Quiet Lightning Press, and is forthcoming in Multiverse, a Superhero Poetry Anthology with Write Bloody Press and Assaracus. His manuscript was a finalist for the Write Bloody Publishing national poetry contest in 2012 and his video Poem The Trees, they Hate the Birds the Most, has more than 2000 views on Youtube. He is a Lambda Literary Fellow in Poetry, 2014, and is one of the winner of the first ever Radar Slam, with Radar Productions.
National credits include Radar Productions hosted and curated by Michelle Tea in San Francisco 2014, Write Club SF, Writers With Drinks, Noches de Poesia Poetry Cabaret (the 2011 Montreal Fringe Festival) the Berkeley Poetry Slam 2009, 2010, 2013, Sparkle Series at BusBoys and Poets (Washington, DC) 2010, 2012, La Ti Do Music and Poetry Showcase (Washington, DC) 2012, Pace University’s Annual Poetry Slam in NYC, and the first ever Capturing Fire Queer Slam Summit, 2010 where he was a Finalist. .
He is a recipient of the REGEN Artist Grant from Galeria de la Raza, recipient of the REGEN Performance Art Scholarship also from Galeria de la Raza in 2013. He was the recipient of the National Queer Arts Festival Grant from the Queer Cultural Center in 2011, and has been a resident artist in the Spoken Word Program 2011, at the Banff Center in Alberta, Canada and Air Space (Artists in Residence) part of the Garage All Stars in San Francisco, where he developed his first solo play, Reasons to Stay on the Ground which later premiered as part of the National Queer Arts Festival 2010. His other solo plays, First Gentleman, and It Gets Gayer, have previewed at The Mash Theatre, in 2011 and 2012.
Performance Poetry and storytelling he recently won THE MOTH SLAM LA, and will compete in the Grand Slam Champion ship in October of 2014. Bay area credits include Scene Missing, Give Me Fiction, The Berkeley Poetry Festival 2014, Latino Heritage month Celebration at the University of San Francisco, Voz sin Tita curated by Alejandro Murgia the poet Laureate of San Francsico 2014, Homopoetic part of the LitCrawl literary festival 2012, Gay Histories Project with Guywriters at the GLBT History Museum, Blame it on the Alcohol, part of LitCrawl at Martuni’s, The Garage Art Space, The North Bay Poetry Slam, The Coast Slam, The UC Santa Cruz Slam, Cthonic Theatre Review with the T-Sisters, and The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts directed by Tim Miller. A six time storyteller at Bawdy Storytelling, a five time storyteller at The Shout Storytelling in Oakland, Real Stories Bay Area, Keith Hennesy’s TOO MUCH: a Queer Art Marathon at MaMa Calizo’s Voice Factory, Artfag, SMACKDAB at Magnet, and The Vetted Word Showcase.
November of 2012 he co-wrote and performed in a piece with artist Kevin Seaman titled Dr. Zebrovski’s Hour of Power. In 2010 he played a “Dirty Mime” along with Philip Hwang, and Kirk Read in a viral video written and directed by Kevin Seaman titled SILENCE=FILTH which was presented at FRAMELINE35 , has been featured on various blogs including Joe.My.God , The Bilerico Project, and Towleroad.
He has organized and curated several poetry and music shows most recently with KQED he organized, hosted and curated the show KQED Celebrates Latino Heritage Night at Brava Theatre! In June with KQED he teamed up with NPR’s StoryCorps and put together a night of LGBTQ themed storytelling, he hosted and helped organize the event at The Chapel in San Francisco. He is a three time curator host of the one of the great Literary Beast Crawl in Oakland, titled Sexy Beast. And in October of 2014 he will host and curate a leg of the LitCrawl with KQED in San Francisco. It Gets Gayer, Baruch’s Big Gay Poetry Show, two nights of celebrating gay male performance poets featuring legendary Regie Cabico which premiered at The Garage back in 2011. Before that he put together several poetry and music shows from his home, or other people’s homes as part of the International Home Theatre Festival including, GOLDEN PUSSY POSSE in 2012, Return to the Tender Nob, 2011 and Live from the Tender Nob, 2010.
Since 2009 Mr. Porras-Hernandez has been the curator and head organizer of The San Francisco Queer Open Mic.
Recently played the role of Chester in the feature film CXL which premiered in San Francisco’s Film Society festival Cinema By The Bay in November of 2012. On the stage, his favorite roles include Tom Smith in How Tom Smith caused the 1906 Earth Quake and R.D. in Ancestor with Word for Word, Giulliano in FoolsFURY’s production of Big Love, Fadi in The Arab Israeli Cookbook with TheatreFIRST, Democratus in Elastic Future’s The Greek Play, and Werner Heisenberg in Copenhagen with The Mendocino Theatre Company.
Other work has been with CalShakes as a singing guard with Amy Freed’s Restoration Comedy, Shotgun Players as a Woodcutter in Blood Wedding, and a very gay Osric in some play called Hamlet with Impact Theatre. In 2011 he played The Pope in Taylor Mac’s The Lily’s Revenge at Magic Theatre, but his most haunting role was singing and dancing as Osama bin Laden with Custom Made Theater Company’s dark musical comedy Bye Bye bin Laden!
He understudied the roles of Simon Stimson, Joe Stoddard, Constable Warren and the Professor for Berkeley Rep’s production of Our Town, and has worked on several staged readings and small projects with Magic Theatre, Aurora Theatre, Playwright’s Foundation, Exit Theater, and Cutting Ball Theater. Mr. Porras-Hernandez holds a Bachelor Arts in Theatre Arts degree, acting concentration from Sonoma State University.
He became a citizen in 2008, so far, he thinks it’s pretty neat. He likes to draw and make poorly drawn comics using simple paint, check them out in the comics section, he is also a painter.