THE SAN FRANCISCO QUEER OPEN MIC has been open micking like a rockstar since 2004 and is currently hosted by Baruch Porras-Hernandez with the help of his amazing co-host Blythe Baldwin.
BARUCH PORRAS – HERNANDEZ Curator, Head Organizer, co-Host.
Began attending the open mic in 2008 and had such life changing experiences at the show, that he was hooked and became a regular back when it was at the 3 Dollar Bill Cafe at the LGBT Center. Eventually he became a feature in 2009, after, he was asked to step on as a curator for the show, eventually becoming the co-host, then the head organizer. Since then Baruch has doubled the audience, visibility and following of the SFQOM and with the help of his co-hosts and the community has organized some of the biggest shows the SFQOM has ever seen, most notably the The Super Queer Open Mic, a very special Pride Queer Open Mic and anniversary show, featuring Amy Dentata, Dana Morigan and Daphne Gottlieb, part of the National Queer Arts Festival in 2012 and a recipient of a grant from The Queer Cultural Center. When he’s not hosting the SFQOM he is a writer and performer. His 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, Flicker and Spark Queer Poetry Anthology – Low Brow Press and Tandem anthology of the LitSlam contest winners for 2012 – Bicycle Comics Press. He has performed as a feature in Washington D.C., New York City, Canada and all over California. Mr. Porras-Hernandez holds a Bachelor Arts in Theatre Arts, Drama concentration from Sonoma State University. He was born in Toluca, Mexico.
BLYTHE BALDWIN Organizer, Marketing, co-Host.
Blythe Baldwin is a performance poet, storyteller, and visual artist. Hailing from the Bay Area, she attended Pitzer college where created her own major: Narrative Arts. She started volunteering with the San Francisco Queer Open Mic in April of 2010 and became a co-host in January of 2012. Blythe Blythe has performed her poetry on air with KPFA and has been televised on KCSM’s The Bay Today. She has performed spoken word at The Berkeley Poetry Slam, The Oakland Poetry Slam, The VettedWord Showcase, Return to The Tender Nob: Home Theater Festival, Califia Festival, K’vestch Queer Open Mic, Bawdy Storytelling, Punk Blood Bath 2.0, Life With Laughter, and That’s What She Said, and The Golden Pussy Posse Show part of The International Home Theatre Festival. Blythe Baldwin started storytelling in 2011 with Bawdy Storytelling. In addition to telling a number of times on stage atBawdy, she was the winner of the Best Of Bawdy 5 Year Anniversary voting pool, and also told at the Bawdy 6 year Anniversary show: Scandalous! She has been a featured artist at The San Francisco Queer Open Mic and Modesto’s Slam on Rye. Blythe competed as a semi-finalist for the 2011 Berkeley Poetry Slam Season. She spends her days working in media production and by night writes poetry and draws comics.
The Open Mic was founded by Cindy M. Emch in 2004. Sherilyn Connelly was also a co-host from 2005 – 2007, and Mollena Williams co-hosted from 2007 – 2009. Sarah Dopp co-hosted from 2008 – 2011.
QOM is funded primarily by audience donations and in part from a grant from the New Venture Seed Fund awarded by And Castro For All. In 2012 the SFQOM received a grant from the Queer Cultural Center to do a show at the National Queer Arts Festival.
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