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Spoken Word * Música * Open Mic

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Featured artists ADELA NAJARRO, BENJAMIN BAC SIERRA, and special guest CARLOS KOOKIE GONZALEZ ~ OPEN MIC Sign-up at 7:15pm

LUNADA Literary Lounge
Spoken Word * Música * Open Mic
 
Sunday, September 27th, 2015, featured artists:
~ ADELA NAJARRO
~ BENJAMIN BAC SIERRA
~ Special Guest CARLOS KOOKIE GONZALEZ
~ OPEN MIC: Sign-up at 7:15pm, 8 spots on the list, 5 min. ea. 
~ Hosted by SANDRA GARCIA RIVERA
 
On the evening of a harvest moon total lunar eclipse, LUNADA features artists whose roots and hearts lay deep in the Mission, and whose work exemplifies community and youth empowerment: Published authors and educators Adela Najarro, and Benjamin Bac Sierra, with special guest muralist and percussionist Carlos Kookie Gonzalez, who will share the story of his most recent mural in homage to loved community member DJ Chata Gutierrez. The Lunada OPEN MIC invites poets, lyricists, musicians, storytellers, laureates and first-timers to share their inspiration under the lunar spotlight.

$5.00 Admission
 
GALERIA DE LA RAZA
2857 24th Street, at Bryant
SF, CA 94110
 
LUNADA is the Bay Area’s only full moon bilingual literary ritual & performance gathering devoted to spoken word, música, song, and story. 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.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Adela Najarro was baptized at St. James Church on Guerrero Street at about the same time her ears were pierced by her Nicaraguan mom. She grew up riding the J Church and rolling down hills at Dolores Park. At Sanchez Elementary, Adela taught first grade as a bilingual elementary school teacher before heading off to graduate school. She is the author of two poetry collections, Split Geography and Twice Told Over, and currently teaches at Cabrillo College as the English instructor for the Puente Project, a program designed to support Latinidad in all its aspects, while preparing community college students to transfer to four year colleges and universities. More information about Adela can be found at her website: www.adelanajarro.com.

Benjamin Bac Sierras personal story of transformation is a model for anyone looking to surmount life’s challenges. Raised by a widowed mother and the San Francisco Mission District streets, Ben lived a harsh ‘homeboy’ existence until an equally harsh stint in the United States Marine Corps at age seventeen set him on an unlikely trajectory from veteran Gulf War combat veteran to professor and writer. After his honorable discharge from the Marines, where he participated in front line combat during the first Gulf War, Ben completed his B.A. in English at U.C. Berkeley, earned a teaching credential and an M.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, and merited a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Currently, he is a professor at the City College of San Francisco, a curriculum developer and instructor for HOMEY SF and Gateway National Network, and a community activist throughout the Bay Area. Ben’s essays and stories have been published in many literary magazines, including World Literature Today, where he was featured as a prominent emerging author. His 2011 novel Barrio Bushido was presented a Best of the Bay Award and an International Latino Book Award.

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