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Dave Gaines '17

Spoken Word Artist
David A. Gaines (Dave G) is a Black poet, actor & filmmaker born and raised in the greater Philadelphia area. His work examines Blackness, masculinity, Christianity and mental health through an intersectional lens.

In 2018, he won multiple championship titles including 2017 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational Champion, 2018 Fuze Poetry Slam Champion, 2018 Philly Pigeon Champion, and ranked 4th in the nation in the 2018 Individual World Poetry Slam.

In 2020, Dave’s poetry film, “fine china.”, won the 5th Weimar Poetry Film Award and he was awarded the title Poet Laureate of Pennsylvania’s Montgomery County. His work has been featured in the National Black Arts Festival, International Human Rights Art Festival, Wusgood Magazine, Write About Now, VICE Media, among others. He also loves yo-yos and is very enthusiastic about pickles.

My Speakers Sessions

Sunday, March 21

5:00pm EDT