From 2014 to 2020, Clyde Always (yes, that is his real name) volunteered his services as host and ringleader of the world-famous, Vaudeville-style, variety, open-mic showcase at Cafe International where he earned the nickname: "Bard of the Lower Haight." He intends to return to his post as soon as Mayor Breed deems it legal to do so.
An accomplished author/illustrator, Clyde Always began his publishing company, Rational Malarkey, Inc, in 2018. The manuscript of his debut novel, Melanie Bell and the Story Salon, placed as a semi-finalist in the Faulkner Society William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition the year prior.
"The Clyde Always Show," his solo stage production, has been featured at The Marsh, The Lost Church, Bird and Beckett, Kerouac Alley, the North Beach Library and at the prestigious SW escalators of the 16th Street BART station.
His writings, comics and/or illustrations have been printed in Light Poetry Magazine, Slackjaw, The Daily Squib, Scarfff, Poetalk, The Haight-Ashbury Literary Journal, Sparkle and Blink, the Street Sheet, Freaky and etc. etc.
Paintings by Always have been featured on the walls of various gallery spaces around the city including Bazaar Cafe, Eureka Valley Rec Center, the Church Street Coffeehouse and etc. etc.
He lives on Steiner Street with a variety of lively housemates: Bonnie the Unicycle, Fat Boy Smitty the Typewriter, (soon-to-be ex-wife) Kaylee the Ukulele, Mister Bricks the Killer Tabby, the Ghost of Poet Stephen Kopel, and the Wee Wenchie (his new fiancé).
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Grand Little Things 2020
Poetry Super Highway 2020
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The Daily Squib 2021
Poetry SuperHighway 2018
Light Poetry Magazine 2021