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GAVIN GEOFFREY DILLARD Appearing Thurs Oct 30th 2014 at 7:30pm

Francis & Boustead Productions


An Evening of Poetry & Song



also appearing
Roberto Flores

$15 in advance/
$20 at the door

photo credit: andrew wayne )
Gavin Geoffrey Dillard is an iconic and celebrated poet within the gay community and is known throughout the planet for his brilliant writing. Mr. Dillard will read from his own works and Mr. Flores will sing songs with lyrics by the poet accompanied by David Troy Francis on piano. This promises to be a spectacular and rare evening with Mr. Dillard appearing in person presenting his unique, thoughtful, and provocative perspective on life, love, and existence.

Gavin Dillard has published eight collections of verse, two anthologies, and his infamous Hollywood tell-all, IN THE FLESH: Undressing for Success. Branded by the Los Angeles Times as “The Naked Poet,” for his standing-room-only in-the-buff poetry readings in the 80’s, Gavin's poems have been recorded by James Earl Jones and Don Adams. His work has been published in anthologies and periodicals worldwide. A collection of his life's work, THE MORTAL POEMS (the first half-century), will be released in 2015 from Sibling Rivalry Press.

Dillard was schooled at both North Carolina School of the Arts and California Institute of the Arts. He was tutored in songwriting by David Geffen, and in playwrighting by Jerome Lawrence and Tom Eyen. Deena Metzger, Ian Young, Felice Picano, and the late Christopher Isherwood were also ongoing mentors. Gavin's lauded starring role in the homoerotic film, Track Meet, made of “Gavin Geoffrey” the number one gay performer of the late 70s.

The author of dozens of songs, Gavin has written lyrics with and for such luminaries as Peter Allen, Chanticleer, Sam Harris, Jake Heggie, Glen Roven, Lowell Liebermann, Ralph Edwards, and Disney Studios. His classical art songs ("Of Gods and Cats") have been featured at Lincoln Center by mezzo Jennifer Larmore and appear on numerous CDs.

He has written comedy with and for Dolly Parton, Joan Rivers, Peggy Lee, Vincent Price, Lily
Tomlin. Gavin is the co-author of BARK!, The Musical, which has played throughout North and South America, and author of OMFG!!!, an iLove Story, which premiered in 2011 at the ODC in San Francisco.   Spring of 2015 will see the opening of When Adonis Calls, an opera comprised entirely of  Dillard's poetry, by Clint Borzoni, with libretto conceived and constructed by John de los Santos.

Many of Dillard's private letters, notes, and files were donated by Dillard to the Gay and Lesbian
Archives of the San Francisco Public Library. His literary titles include:

• Twenty Nineteen Poems (1975)
• Rosie Emissions (1978)
• Notes From a Marriage (1983)
• Waiting for the Virgin (1985)
• Pagan Love Songs (1987)
• The Naked Poet (1989)
• In the Flesh: Undressing for Success (1997)
• Between the Cracks (1997)
• A Day for a Lay: A Century of Gay Poetry (1999)
• Nocturnal Omissions: A Tale of Two Poets (2011), co-authored with Eric Norris
• The Mortal Poems: the first half-century (2015)

Dillard, a native of Asheville, has lived in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Yosemite, and on Maui. He has recently relocated to a small farm in Black Mountain, NC, where he is raising tea, chestnuts, chickens, and a healthy pride of cats!

An interesting gobbit: Gavin's first collection, Twenty Nineteen Poems, was published during his senior year at NC School of the Arts under the auspices of Jonathan Williams, one of the original poets from Black Mountain College.

Some of Dillard's titles are available at Malaprops Books in Asheville.