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Lunada Literary Lounge ~ April 2016

Spoken Word * Música * Open Mic

Thursday, April 21, 2016 | 7:30 pm

With a spotlight on our South Bay roots, Lunada’s April line-up features readers from the recently released anthology De-Bug: Voices from the Underside of Silicon Valley, including Anthony King, Liz Gonzalez, and Angel Luna, edited by Jean Melesaine and Raj Jayadev, with stories of the dot-com boom from everyone but the techies.

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OPEN MIC: Sign-up at 7:15pm / 8 slots on the list / 5 min. each, featuring first-timers, veteranos, poets and musicians, under the light of the full moon.

Host: Sandra García Rivera
$5.00 Admission

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.

DE-BUG: VOICES FROM THE UNDERSIDE OF SILICON VALLEY, edited by Raj Jayadev and Jean Melesaine, is a new collection of true stories from the social justice organization of the same name, showing a side of working in Silicon Valley that you won’t read about in the business section. As tech moguls land the cover of Forbes, the South Bay’s working class is making ends meet as metal scrappers, factory workers, club bouncers, hairstylists, rickshaw drivers, ice cream cart pushers. The stories in De-Bug are poignant, often very funny accounts of bootstrapping in the land of angel investors and thought leaders. Disruptive in the truest sense of the word, De-Bug offers valuable insight into California’s latest boomtown. SILICON VALLEY DE-BUG is a media, community organizing, entrepreneurial, and advocacy collective. 

RAJ JAYADEV is the cofounder of Silicon Valley De-Bug. His community organizing and writings about Silicon Valley have been featured in The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, a PBS-aired documentary, and media outlets across the country. For his work lifting up personal experiences to impact public discourse around social, economic, and political issues, Jayadev has received numerous awards, including the Ashoka Fellowship. 

JEAN MELESAINE is a Samoan American documentary writer-photographer based out of Oakland, California. Working with Silicon Valley De-Bug for over ten years, she was taught conscious photography from community members as a teenager. Jean’s photography and writings have been featured in places such as the Oakland Museum of California, and have earned a number of awards including the Tautai Arts Trust, an international residency for artists and writers.



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