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 35: “His biceps were the size of my head & harder than math.”
Today’s episode was recorded live on May 24th, 2021 on Zoom. Drag queen extraordinaire, triple-threat, and co-host of IMHO: The Show on YouTube, Alexis P. Bevels, steps in for Tony Soto and presides over an open mic that spans the globe! Then, our headliners: 2019 PEN America Emerging Voices Fellow, Dare Williams (he/him) is a Queer HIV-positive poet and artist, rooted in Southern California. He is a co-producer of both of the reading series Word of Mouth and West Hollywood Literature fest. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net and Best American Poets 2021. Then we have Anya Lee— she is a transgender rapper, online cyber bully, and comedian. You can find her column The Bussy Beat on QueerKentucky.com.
Episode 34: “Standing Still For Permission To Play.”
Today's episode was recorded live on April 26th, 2021 on Zoom. Casey Ley steps in as guest host! He starts with our open mic and then we get into our headliners. Craig Rafael Parish is a longtime Film Festival Programmer for Outfest LA and Slamdance, he started at Sony Pictures Entertainment writing taglines for movie billboards and directing behind the scenes docs. For the past 6 years, Craig has worked as the Lead Creative Producer and head writer for Spectrum Originals. He is currently busy working on a follow up installment to his short form novel- The Glitter Pit (a bitter look at fame's failure). Finally we have Jin-Soo Huh, who has spent his career working in education as a teacher, administrator, columnist, independent consultant and now as an employee at a non-profit. He grew up in Rancho Cucamonga in the 909 and crisscrossed the country a few times before returning to his favorite city, Chicago. He's an educator, tennis player, sweet tooth, napper, and storyteller.
Episode 33: “I hadn’t slept there long enough to know I could go back.”
This episode was recorded live on March 22nd, 2021 on Zoom. We start with a particularly moving open mic hosted by the wonderful Tony Soto, before getting into our two talented headliners-- first we hear from upcoming Lambda Lit Fellow, Dale Corvino, with his essay on kink for The Rumpus and an essay on the growing constraints around adult online content. Finally, is Molly Thornton, a Los Angeles based, queer, femme, multi-genre writer and writing coach. She is a Lambda Literary Fellow and City of West Hollywood Pride Poet. You can hang with her on socials @molly__parton.
Episode 32: “I’m Too Young To Be A Daddy, Anyway.”
This episode was recorded live over zoom on February 22nd, 2021-- we start with a lovely open mic before we get to our headliners. First is Terrell Green, he is a poet, podcaster, playwright, cat dad, and designer of creative cultural communities. His podcast, "Finding My Faith, Forgiving My Fear" and his poetry audio ebook, "Dharma: Recovering Terrell'' both focusing on his spiritual journey to self through sobriety, can be found at www.tmgreen267.com. Then we round out the night with Ramy El-Etreby, a queer, Muslim, Arab American writer, performer, storyteller and educator based in Los Angeles. His story, “The Ride,” appears in the 2014 anthology Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex and Intimacy. Ramy later developed “The Ride'' into a solo theatre piece, which he has performed in New York and Los Angeles. You can find him on IG and Twitter at the handle @dramarams.
Episode 31: "Less Tom And More Boy”
We are thrilled to be back and to be bringing you another year of slams! We start today's episode with our lovely host, Tony Soto and our open mic, before jumping right into our two wonderful headliners. Ryan Dale is a husband, father, teacher, and writer. After being haunted by the fictional history of fictional characters for more than eight years, he hopes to “finish” his first novel before his next birthday.
Asher Phoenix, is a non-binary freelance photographer, writer, mental health advocate, dog dad, and self-proclaimed tiktoker. They are a Midwest to LA transplant of 3 years, and are currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Psychology. Previously featured at Homo-centric, and with artist & activism organization, Be More Heroic, Asher deeply values the power of artistic expression through words and sharing the lived neurodivergent transgender experience through their poetry and prose.
Episode 30: “The Best Of 2020"
In a year beset with grief and chaos, we are bringing you the pieces that stuck with us. That gave us hope, made us chuckle, made us weep. We are grateful to every writer and performer who came across both our actual and digital stages this year. Your words have been a refuge.
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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.
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