Queer Slam is a monthly podcast featuring stories, spoken word, and poetry from LA's queer
community. We record each episode at our live show at the legendary Akbar in Silverlake.
Episode 27: “The Big Mary Your Mother Warned You About.”
This episode was recorded live on September 28th, 2020 on Zoom. We begin our two year anniversary show with two open micers before getting into our two headliners. First, Adam Swanson. He is a writer and works as an advocate specializing in public health equity. His writing has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, the Lambda Literary Review, the Washington Post, and elsewhere. He works full-time at the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, and is a master's student in the Creative Writing Program at Emerson College in Boston. Then, we have Bobby Miller. He is a performance poet, writer, actor and photographer. He is the author of 23 books of photography and poetry and all books are available at Blurb.com. He has performed his original material at Lincoln Center, The Smithsonian Institute, New York University, and was also a winner in The National Poetry Slam as a member of The Nuyorican Poets. He has been seen on television on the PBS program City Arts and the BBC/PBS produced program The Clive James Hour. Mr. Miller also curated and hosted Verbal Abuse, a spoken word evening, the first Sunday of each month at Jackie 60 & Mother Nightclub in New York City.
Episode 26: “Dark Matter Warped Lightning Speed Into Crimson Particles.”
This episode was recorded live on August 24th, 2020 on Zoom. We begin with a moving and personal open and then get right to our headliners. First, is Summer Doles Warner, the author of the poetry collection, “Dancing to Songs About Death.” She is an actress, a freelance writer, and a teacher. Her essays have appeared on sites like Scary Mommy and The Mighty. She is also a foster mom and provides child care for foster and adoptive parent support groups. Then we hear from Cornelius Lee-- an advocate for those who reside on the margins of society without their consent; a proud Black gay man; a conscientious objector; a work in progress; and a leader and learner of concepts related to diversity, inclusion, and equity. His passion projects include teaching people about wine through an equity lens and writing about issues related to race, class, and power.
Episode 25: “(My Dad) Turned Two Red Wolves Into Our Parents.”
This episode was recorded live on July 27th, 2020 on Zoom. We start with a lively open mic full of new and familiar faces before getting into our headliners. First, is Ever Mainard a non-binary comedian and actor that can be seen on Netflix as well as in the Conan O'Brian series, "Meet the Staff." You can follow them on IG & Twitter @evermainard . Then we hear from Arlo Weierhauser, a stand up comedian, actor, and all around pretty fun person. They can be seen in the Disney plus movie, Timmy Failure and on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Episode 24: “Filtering dirty talk into Disney princess one liners.”
This episode was recorded live on June 22nd, 2020 on ZOOM. We start with a short and sweet open mic before getting to our two wonderful headliners. First, is Tyler Curth a queer poet and violist from Louisville, KY. He received his MFA from North Carolina State University in 2018. He recently took a position with the National Captioning Institute in Lexington, KY as a Live Voice Writer. Then, we have Isiah Fish-- a poet and performer also from Louisville, KY who wants you to be kinder to yourself. He holds an MFA in Poetry from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, where he worked as editor for Crab Orchard Review. His poems have appeared in Blood Orange Review, Miracle Monocle, & Foglifter.
Episode 23: “We truly live when people talk about us.”
This week's show was recorded live on Zoom on May 25th, 2020. We start with a word from host, Tony Soto, then we get into an open mic that is filled with familiar voices, before our headliners: First, is Alexis P. Bevels. She's a Chicago drag queen, winner of season 1 of camp wannakiki, and head intern for the hit YouTube network IMHO. Then, Jesus Valles, a queer Mexican immigrant, educator, storyteller, and performer from Cd. Juarez/El Paso. Their work has been published in The Shade Journal, The Texas Review, The New Republic, Palabritas, The Acentos Review. As an actor, they are the recipient of four B. Iden Payne Awards, including Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama and Outstanding Original Script. They were nominated for the Mark David Cohen New Play Award for their play, (Un)Documents.
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Episode 22: "You are both Yourself, and the World that made You"
Today's episode is very special because it is our first Digital Slam. We opened the floor up to the entire world and recorded it live on Zoom on April 27th, 2020. We have a wonderful open mic that includes a few familiar voices and some new ones. Then we hop right into our headliners. First, is Adam Swanson, he is a writer and health equity advocate specializing in suicide prevention. He's a 2020 Writing by Writers fellow and a former Lambda Literary fellow. Adam works as the Senior Prevention Specialist at the Suicide Prevention Resource Center. Then we hear from Boots McCann-- who is the woman she has always wanted to be. Her queer origin story involves a farm, a bug collection, ass shaking, international travel disasters, and becoming a bicyclist at age 40. Boots lives in Chicago with the woman of her dreams and wants to be on an NBA Senior Dance Team when she grows up.
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Tony, Colby, and crew do an impeccable job of hosting and coordinating an LGBT poetry/spoken word event each month. Queer artists show there’s more to us as a community than just sexy pride parades. We have intellect, soul, and literary creativity! Whether in person or podcast, I never miss a show.
- Joshua C.
Full of amazing stories, poets and diverse insights!