What’s a White Poet to do for Black History Month?


A couple years ago, I got booked to perform at the Black History Month celebration at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco. I was excited, no doubt…but also a little confused. So I called the event organizer back just to clarify what was, in my opinion, an important point.

“Hey,” I said over the phone, “you do know I’m white, right?”

“Yeah, we know,” the guy said like he was letting me in on the secret. “But we like to mix it up a little at our events. Have some diversity.”

Nice. For events during Black History Month, they bring in the white guy for diversity. Only in San Francisco.

Well, this time around, I’m not rocking any Carter G. Woodson-inspired shows, but I do have a full plate of fun events. And lots of that diversity we love in the Bay: two shows for the Jews, two for the hippies in Marin, and one for immigrant artists and activists  in what promises to be the most exciting of them all.

No Healey appearances at the MoAD this year. Instead, I’ma go buy a couple books at Marcus Books, bask in the Sundance success of Fruitvale, and support justice for Alan Blueford.

In the meantime, come hang out with me at these fine locations:

Friday, February 1
Mill Valley Library
“Naked Truth” Storytelling
Hosting. With Mattesson Perry, Joe Loya, and Caitlin Gill.
Mill Valley Library. 375 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, CA.
7:00 pm. Free!

Monday, February 4
Elbo Room
“Oy! Only Six? Why Not More?”
Six-Word Memoirs on Jewish Life
Elbo Room. 647 Valencia Street, San Francisco.
7:30 pm. $5-10. 21+

Friday, February 15
UnDocunation at UC-Berkeley
Art & Performance for Immigrant Rights.
with Favianna Rodriguez, Cherríe Moraga, Yosimar Reyes, and more.
UC Berkeley. International House. 2299 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley.
7:00 pm. Free!

Sunday, February 17
Storytelling for Solidarity: Bend the Arc workshop
An open writing workshop for artists and activists:
“How to use your story to rewrite the political story
on the issues you care about most.”
Sponsored by Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice.
Time and Location TBA. San Francisco.

Friday, March 1
Mill Valley Library (part 2)
Youth Poetry Slam. Host.
Mill Valley Library. 375 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, CA.
7:00 pm. Free!