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LUNADA Literary Lounge & Open Mic

Featuring Sandra Garcia Rivera, Aimee Suzara, and DJ Special K

Thursday, November 10, 2011 | 7:30 pm

~ AIMEE SUZARA: Poetry CD release
~ SANDRA GARCIA RIVERA: Birthday featured reading 
~ DJ SPECIAL K: Musical guest
~ OPEN MIC: Sign up at 7:15pm

LUNADA ~ Literary Lounge & Open Mic
Spoken Word * Música * Open Mic

On Thursday, Nov. 10th, 7:30pm, GALERIA DE LA RAZA hosts a signature autumn LUNADA, celebrating life, verse, the moon, and soulful vibes all around. Poet & multidisciplinary performance artist AIMEE SUZARA is celebrating the release of her new poetry CD "Liwanag: Light," and Lunada host & curator SANDRA GARCIA RIVERA is throwing down a birthday featured reading - because the full moon truly fell on her birthday this year! Also featuring DJ SPECIAL K, regulating on the turntables, OPEN MIC sign-up at 7:15pm, first-timers and musicians always welcome. See you under the next full moon.

FREE with food dish to share, or with Galería membership

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For over a decade, Lunada has been the Bay Area’s only full moon bilingual literary ritual & performance gathering. Located in the heart of the Mission District at Galería de la Raza, each Lunada features community poets, local legends, visiting mystics, and other mero meros of the stage. Guest curated by some of the Bay Area’s most dynamic word slingers and artists, LUNADAS are community gatherings where stories, food, songs, and spirit are shared.

2857 24th Street, (at Bryant in the Mission)
San Francisco, CA 94110


Aimee Suzara has been sharing poetry and multidisciplinary performance since 1999. Her play, Pagbabalik (Return) appeared in festivals in 2006-7 and she is working on her second, A History of the Body, both supported by the Zellerbach Family Foundation. Recently, she collaborated with Amara Tabor Smith and Deep Waters Dance Theater for the food-justice themed dance theater piece, Our Daily Bread. Her poems appear in several journals and anthologies such as Kartika Review, 580 Split, Lantern Review and Walang Hiya: Literature Taking Risks Toward Liberatory Practice, Check the Rhyme: An Anthology of Female Poets and Emcees and Poets (Lit Noire Press) and her chapbook, the space between (Finishing Line Press). She’s been featured as a spoken word artist throughout the SF Bay Area and nationally, including at Stanford, Mt. Holyoke College, Portland State University, and UC Santa Cruz. An advocate for the intersection of arts and literacy, she is a creative writing lecturer at Cal State University Monterey and leads workshops in poetry and performance for youth and adults.

DJ Special K, is a Bay Area DJ and visual artist. She is known for moving dance floors with her stylistic fusion of Hip Hop, Afro-Latin, Brazilian, Funk, Soul, Dancehall, Afro-beat and 80's Freestyle. She loves spinning for the full moon and promises to keep it funky; as the legendary, James Brown would say.

Sandra Garcia Rivera
is an award-winning poet and prose writer. Most recently her work has appeared in the anthologies Caribbean Erotic (Peepal Tree Press, Leeds); Breaking Ground: Anthology of Puerto Rican Women Writers in New York 1980-2010; as well as in the Centro Journal; Hostos Review/Revista Hostosiana; Urban Latino Magazine; and Manteca. She has published two chapbooks: Shoulder High, and Divination of the Mistress, and two special editions of her hand-made books That Kiss (Ediciones Mixta, NYC). Poet and chanteuse, she has captured audiences throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, Cuba, Holland and Great Britain with her Nuyorican soul and blues inspired delivery, both as a solo artist, and alongside musical legends.


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