Past Event

Smack Dab Open Mic featuring Kate Carroll de Gutes


All ages
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From the organizer

Smack Dab Open Mic, the longest running queer open mic in The Bay kicks off a new year with a fabulous new home, Dog Eared Books Castro, and a fabulous new feature, Kate Carroll de Gutes. Yep, the Smack Dab you know and love, with hosts Larry-bob Roberts and Dana Hopkins, is moving acroos the street to our neighborhood independent bookstore, Dog Eared Castro and we can't wait to see you.

It's been a mighty scary year end/New Year for our communities. Now more than ever, we want to see you, hear you, welcome you.. and spend an evening as Smack Dab family together. We heard Kate Carroll de Gutes read at the Lammy finalists' reading at the SF Library last June and REALLY hoped to coax her back to San Francisco to feature for us. Luckily for all of us she said yes. We can't wait to share her with you.

Yep, we're stil true to our motto: All Ages...All Genders...all the time ♥ Everyone welcome! Are you an ally? we welcome you too.

Kate Carroll de Gutes' book, Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear, won the 2016 Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction and a 2016 Lambda Literary Award in Memoir. Kate is a wry observer and writer who started her career as a journalist and then got excited by new journalism which became creative nonfiction and is now called essay (personal, lyric, and otherwise). You can learn more about Kate and sign up to get an essay a week from her about grief, the drama of perimenopause and dating, riding bikes, and the joys and challenges of authentic living at

Dog Eared Castro is fully accessible, welcoming, warm and cozy and..well.. a bookstore. You'll feel right at home. Please help Dana and Lary-bob appreciate and support this neighborhood business.

New year, same open mic rules: signups start at 7:30. Show starts at 8. You get 5 minutes to perform one piece. Musicians,one song only. Prose writers, that’s about one and a half double spaced pages of prose. Poets that means one poem and one poem only. We’re the friendliest open mic you’ll find but we pay attention to time.

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