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LUNADA Literary Lounge & Open Mic

Featuring Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo & Roxana Damas

Friday, October 22, 2010 | 7:30 pm

Hosted & Curated by Sandra Garcia Rivera

Spoken Word * Música * Open Mic

Galería de la Raza's 40th anniversary season continues to sizzle with LUNADA'S October line-up. Making their debut appearances on the Lunada microphone are L.A. based poet XOCHITL- JULISA BERMEJO & Bay Area songstress ROXANA DAMAS.

And, as always, the OPEN MIC is waiting for you!

LUNADAS is the Bay Area’s only full moon literary and performance gathering featuring community poets, local legends, visiting mystics, and other mero meros of the stage. Located in the heart of the Mission District at Galería de la Raza, LUNADAS are community gatherings where stories, food, songs, and spirit are shared.

Show starts at 7:30pm
$5 or FREE with food dish to share, or with Galería membership.
Open Mic sign up at entrance / Musicians & first timers welcome.

2857 24th St (at Bryant)
The Mission, San Francisco,CA



Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo is a native Angelino poet with an MFA from Antioch University, Los Angeles. In the past she has volunteered to teach creative writing to women in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center, and continues to research and write on U.S. immigration and detention at her blog:, also featured at She is a member of the curator council for Beyond Baroque, and was nominated for a 2010 Pushcart Award. Her poetry can be found in Los Angeles Review, PALABRA, Calaveras Fronterizas (Mouthfeel Press), Glass: Journal of Poetry, and The Umbrella Journal. She is head poetry editor for The Splinter Generation hosts Splinter's monthly WWWRN BlogTalkRadio show, Splintered Thoughts.

Roxana Damas, singer/songwriter, was born to El Salvadorian immigrants in San Francisco and raised in Latino barrios, where she was introduced to a variety of ethnic cultures, and languages. She found common ground with her peers through American pop music and dance. She is able to appeal to all ages and diverse audiences because of the different range of styles she is able to interpret, from traditional Latin sounds (Tropical, Rancheras, Nueva Canción, Oldies, Folk, Flamenco) to modern styles of R&B, Pop, Rock, Reggaeton, etc. Currently, she has found her expression as a songwriter and has contributed to a variety of projects that include; Tierra Linda- 1st place Festival Latino Americano de La Canción de CA, Latinos de Fuego y de Pasión w/ Grammy Nominated Producer James "Jae E" Earley, two CD’s from LUVTAXI, a Latin beat band from Sacramento, Trucho G, a Salvadorian Hip-hop artist and more. Roxana has also been the lead singer to a number of tropical bands such as: La Organizacion, Grupo Aventurero, Grupo Doble Impacto, ODISEA, and others. Roxana Damas performs from the soul. Through her combination of social activism and music, she has had the honor to write a song and perform for Rigoberta Menchu (Nobel Peace Price Laureate). She holds a bachelors degree from the University of CA Davis, and works in the public policy arena. She is a business owner of a translation & consulting firm, as well as the founder of the up and coming young Latina magazine “RebeLatina.”

$5 / Free with food dish or Galeria membership


Galería de la Raza: an Interdisciplinary Chicano/Latino Space for Art, Thought and Activism
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