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LUNADA Literary Lounge - May 2016

Spoken Word * Música * Open Mic

Saturday, May 21, 2016 | 7:30 pm

Featured artists: Aida Salazar, Vickie Vertiz, and Sarah Jimenez. 

A Xicana trifecta of writers, whose stories & poetry reflect ancestry, spirit, love, familia, homegirls, rucas, and the gritty life of barrio streets.

LUNADA is honored to host these three writers, who all hail originally from Southern California, and have developed, worked, played, and contributed as artists and artivists to the San Francisco and East Bay communities. Galeria de la Raza invites you to join us, under the full Flower moon of Spring on the corner of 24th & Bryant en la Mision, for this special monthly lunar literary ritual.

OPEN MIC: Sign-up at 7:15pm / 8 slots on the list / 5 min. each - First-timers, veteranos, poets, musicians, and MCs welcome.

Host: Sandra García Rivera
$5.00 Admission

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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.


Aida Salazar is a multidisciplinary writer, educator, arts administrator, and mother. She grew up in Southeast Los Angeles where she spent many days sitting in little puddles of water on cement believing she was in the ocean. With an MFA in Writing from the California Institute of the Arts, her writings have appeared in publications such as the Huffington Post, Women and Performance: Journal of Feminist Theory and forthcoming in Huizache Magazine. She was a resident writer at Hedgebrook Writer’s Colony, attended Squaw Valley Writer’s Workshop, is an alumni of the Op-Ed Project’s Write to Change the World Program and a member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She currently lives in Oakland, CA with her husband, Latin jazz musician, John Santos and home-schools her two fiery artist children for whom many of her children’s stories have been written. She is at work on a novel in verse for middle grades and a book-length memoir, In the Womb of Love, about the death of her first-born infant child. Her story, By the Light of the Moon, was adapted into a ballet production by the Sonoma Conservatory of Dance. This is one of the first Chicana-themed ballets in ballet history.

Sarah Jiménez is a fiction writer obsessed with the glory and growing pains of adolescence. The young adult trilogy she is currently working on centers around teen pregnancy, and three cousins’ mutual desire of leaving behind their small suburbia hometown. Sarah received her MFA in Fiction/Creative Writing from Mills College in 2015, and is an alumna of Lambda Literary for emerging LGBTQ writers.

Vickie Vértiz was born and raised in southeast Los Angeles. Her writing is featured in Huizache, the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Volta, KCET Departures, and the recent anthology The Coiled Serpent (from Tia Chucha Press), among many others. Vickie's work was chosen by Natalie Diaz this month for the 2016 University of Arizona Poetry Center Summer Residency Program. Her current collection of poetry was a 2016 Andrés Montoya Book Prize finalist. A seven-time VONA participant, Vickie has taught creative writing to adults and young people at places like 826 Valencia, Castlemont High School, Boyle Heights libraries, the Claremont Colleges, and at UC Riverside, where she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree. She is at work on a memoir about her education titled: Smart: Growing up Gifted and Brown in Unequal America. If you enjoy her work, she brought zines printed on vintage Japanese paper made with fellow poet Kenji Liu.



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