I'll be reading for Gorilla Press during Leg 2. Catch the details below, along with my picks for the other legs. It's tough to choose between all these great events, but if I had to, I'd go with:
Sexy Beasts for Leg 1. The mega-talented curator, Baruch Porras-Hernandez, has brought together some of the wittiest and most powerful performers in the Bay Area. Denise Jolly, Jasmine Schlafke, Maurisa Thompson, and Lauren Wheeler have made waves locally and all throughout the country. See them at 5:00 at The Flight Deck.
OR check out Write This Second for Leg 1 (I know, I'm just supposed to pick one, but it's impossible!). Curator Kira Lynne Allen has gathered “eight fierce, phenomenal, spiritual, women of color to share our urgent, illuminating, authentic poetry and stories,” and I find it hard to resist a description like that. See Jackie Graves, Amber “Clarity” Allen, Kat Croswell, Bel Poblador, Rosa Cabrera, Aimee Suzara, and Faith Adiele at 5:00 at Kingston 11.
OR stop reading now because I should really just invite you to my own reading and leave it at that, but there's too much good stuff for me to do that! So, I must also mention Youth Radio for Leg 2. This year, Beast Crawl has a special dedicated youth track, and Youth Radio's performers are young artists Ali Hammad, Savant, and Shy'An G. Check them out at 6:30 at Youth Radio.
And for Leg 3, The Berkeley Poetry Slam will seriously knock your socks off, so if you're into that kinda thing, I highly recommend it. Jason Bayani hosts a crew of slam champions and National Poetry Slam team members with Sam Sax, Cam Awkward Rich, Tatyana Brown, Jelal Huyler, Joshua Merchant, and Nic Alea. I can promise you this one is gonna be good! See it at 8:00 at the Golden Bull Bar.
OR wrap up the evening with some sensual words at Hella Sexy for Leg 3. Nenna Joiner hosts performers including Jianda Monique, Suzil Von Schtupt, and Sista Soul Baby. This event features live music, burlesque, and more, plus discounts on vibrators and lube! That's hard to beat. Witness all the sexiness at 8:00 at Feelmore Adult Gallery.
And after your picks, you can head to the Two-Headed Beasts After Parties at Telegraph and The Legionnaire Saloon. Visit the Beast Crawl website for maps and more info on all of the events. See you there!