Spoken Word Artist

Dave G (David Gaines)


Dave G (he/they) is a poet, filmmaker and actor born and raised in the greater Philadelphia area. Their work examines Blackness, masculinity, Christianity and mental health through an intersectional lens. They are a fellow of The Watering Hole and hold multiple slam poetry championship titles, including 2017 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational Champion, and ranked 4th in the 2018 Individual World Poetry Slam. In 2020, they were the Poet Laureate of Pennsylvania’s Montgomery County and won the 5th Weimar Poetry Film Award for their poetry short film, "fine china.". Their work has been featured in the National Black Arts Festival, International Human Rights Art Festival, Wusgood Magazine, Write About Now, VICE Media, among many others. They are very enthusiastic about yo-yos and make their own pickles.

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