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Lunada Literary Lounge

Spoken Word * Música * Open Mic

Saturday, September 29, 2012 | 7:30 pm

September's featured artists: Sheila Maldonado, Paul S. Flores, and an Open Mic. Hosted by Sandra Garcia Rivera.

Bienvenidos a la Lunada. Under the lunar spotlight in September, bringing her Honduran/NYC flavor to the Mission, visiting writer Sheila Maldonado, author of One-Bedroom Solo. Also featuring a Bay Area favorite, Paul S. Flores, poet, playwright, novelist, hip-hop theater performer, local Delicado, and underground rock star. Lunada's Open Mic features a diverse, multilingual, intergenerational array of spoken word, music, poetry, Mission and Bay Area lunáticos, from first timers to legends, under the full moon.

LUNADA ~ Literary Lounge & Open Mic
Saturday, September 29, 2012 | 7:30 pm
~ OPEN MIC: Sign-up at 7:15pm

$5 Admission
FREE with food dish to share, or with Galería membership


Held every month on the night of the full moon, Galeria de la Raza’s LUNADA series is a community gathering where stories, food, songs, and spirit are shared. 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, and guest curated by some of the Bay Area’s most dynamic word slingers and artists, each Lunada features community poets, local legends, visiting mystics, and other mero meros of the stage.

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


Sheila Maldonado is the author of one-bedroom solo (Fly by Night Press, 2011), her debut poetry collection. She grew up in Coney Island, New York, across the street from the Atlantic Ocean. Her family hails from Honduras. Her poems have appeared in Rattapallax, Callaloo, Meridians, Stretching Panties, Live Mag!, online at The Acentos Review and anthologized in Me No Habla with Acento: Contemporary Latino Poetry. She has received a Pushcart nomination, two Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance Individual Artist Grants and was granted residencies at the Rockefeller estate in Pocantico Hills, New York and at Fundación Valparaíso in Andalucía, Spain. She teaches creative writing for The City University of New York and Teachers & Writers Collaborative. She holds degrees in English from Brown University and poetry from The City College of New York. She lives in a one-bedroom in uptown Manhattan where she is working on her next project about a lifelong obsession with the ancient Maya.

Paul S. Flores is one of the most influential Latino performance artists in the country. A published poet, playwright and co-founder of Youth Speaks, his artistic work explores the intersection of urban culture, Hip-Hop, Spanglish and transnational identity. Raised in Chula Vista, California, Flores spent much of his youth between Tijuana and San Diego developing a consciousness of border identity. In 1995 he moved to San Francisco's Mission District and began writing and performing with Los Delicados, then recorded the Latin jazz influenced spoken word CD "Word Descarga" with Jimmy Biala on Calca Press. Flores' performance projects have taken him from HBO's Def Poetry to Havana, Cuba, Mexico City, and El Salvador. He is author of the novel Along the Border Lies, and his play REPRESENTA! was directed by Danny Hoch and presented by La Pena Cultural Center and the Hip-Hop Theater Festival 2007. He was recently named San Francisco Weekly 2011 Best Politically Active Hip-Hop Performance Artist. Flores was awarded the Center for Cultural Innovation grant for the world premier of his solo show "You're Gonna Cry" currently on tour, and a NALAC Fund for the Arts grant for his newest play" Placas", directed my Michael John Garcés, and co-commissioned by the San Francisco International Arts Festival and CARECEN. "Placas" will premier in 2012 in San Francisco and San Jose. Flores teaches Hip-Hop Theater and Spoken Word at the University of San Francisco, and is the Latino Men and Boys Program Manager at the Unity Council in Oakland.

This Fall begins Sandra García Rivera's third year as the curator and host of Lunada. She 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 Centro Journal; Hostos Review/Revista Hostosiana; and Urban Latino Magazine. She has two chapbooks: Shoulder High, and Divination of the Mistress, and published two 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. She recently earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, from Antioch University in Los Angeles, with a mission of social justice as the artist's role in society.


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