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Grindr Hires Gay Poet Max Wassis as a New Poet in Residence
(Blogmensgo, gay blog of March 4, 2017) The gay dating app Grindr wants to attract more gay and bisexual men by launching a monthly series of video poems by gay British poet Max Wallis, starting in March 2017. The young man already had a similar series in Harper’s Bazaar. Max Wallis is known for his LGBT poem but even more so as a video artist and model.
Tall (1.85m) and thin, creative and literary – Max Wallis embodies the type of a good-looking and romantic young man. His sources of inspiration are George Gordon (alias Lord Byron), the bisexual poet Caron Ann Duffy as well as, Emily Dickinson and Sharon Olds.
In the following video from May 2012, Max Wallis speaks about his ideas of poetry and its rendition in public. Unfortunately, there is quite some background noise in the video.
The young author will write a poem once a month and distribute its video version via the gay network Grindr. Obviously, he was chosen because he had already left his mark in poetry, video art, journalism and literature as well as, in modeling. In his works (like his book Modern Love), he likes to talk about love and desire in all its forms, particularly in a physical and sexual way.
Max Wallis will be the author, actor and producer of the videos, which will be directed by Ashley Joiner. Joiner is the director of the documentary “Pride?”, which will premiere at the London LGBT film festival BFI Flare on March 26, 2017. (The tickets are already completely sold out.)
The videos by Wallis and Joiner will be simultaneously distributed via Grindr and its new online platform called Into.
Comment: We are looking forward to Max Wallis’ videos. In any case, this young artist knows how to play to the gallery, be it on paper or on video.