Monday, March 18th! GAY PRIDE TOUR hits the DG w/ SAM SAX & CAM Awkward RICH from Oakland! Plus The “Puppy Love” Pooch or Lover Quiz Guess Show!

gaypridePOETRY FEATURE: THE GAY PRIDE TOUR is a queer multiracial Bay Area based poetry and workshop extravaganza! SAM SAX is a bay area based writer, educator, and performer. He’s Oakland’s first two-time queer grand slam champion, and the first ever Bay Area Unified Grand Slam Champion. Sam cursamsaxates the new shit show, a reading series in San Francisco aimed at producing new poetry. He has toured internationally, performing at universities, slams, basements, alleyways, and amphitheaters. Sam is currently leading writing and literacy workshops for queer at risk youth. You can find some of his work in Rattle, Muzzle Magazine, The Evergreen Review, and DeComp.

camrichCAM AWKWARD-RICH is a weirdo and a graduate student who sometimes also sends poems off into the abyss for the hell of it, a habit he developed early but honed at Wesleyan University where he co-created a queer art magazine and his senior project–a collection of poetry–won the Dorchester Prize for best thesis submitted to the English Department. In 2012, Cam was a member of both the Bay Area Unified and Stanford University Slam Teams and is currently pursuing a PhD from the program in Modern Thought & Literature at Stanford.

BONUS RUCKUS: The “Puppy Love?” Who’s this poem about? Quiz puppyloveShow Guess Challenge! Okay, we get it. Maybe you don’t check our blog site and chomp at the proverbial bit to write new poems for our writing challenges, even when there are scratch ticket prizes involved! So we’re throwing out a new game show, hustled up by NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS. He loves dogs almost as much as he loves poetry. He’s locating tribute poems for pooches and significant others. He’s guessing that you can’t tell the difference in the object of these quotation’s affections. Prove him wrong by being the first to buzz in and guess correct three times. Win a drink on us! And maybe a chew toy, if Nick doesn’t get at it first!

DG_FirstFriday_17x22News about our next big upstairs show this Monday!!! Big thanks to MARK LEIGHTON, guitarist, house band member and now sound engineer. He’s been lugging around some extra equipment lately, so that we’ll have monitors and we can now hear ourselves ever so beautifully! High grade stuff indeed! Many thanks to EMILEE MORREALE for her tireless efforts to provide snacks every week! We are at dangerous levels, one more week with no snack volunteer garners another RICE CAKE ALERT! Email Emilee at and save us from generic, saltless rice cake snack time! What else? Oh yeah. YOSH & CHICKEN sling the best burgers in town! They make bar none, sond more like bar #one!!! Be safe out there!

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