The Lunada Spring Season Opener features Puerto Rican poet CARLOS DISDIER of Colectivo Verso Activo and La Bohemia Productions, and MELISSA REYES author of I am Sausal Creek, with translation by CINTHYA MUÑOZ. Lunada’s OPEN MIC monthly ritual welcomes spoken word, MCs, first-timers, laureates, musicians, storytellers, and troubadors under the full moon at Galeria de la Raza.
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:
is a Puerto Rican poet who has been part of San Francisco's Colectivo Verso Activo, La Bohemia Productions, and works at Instituto Familiar de la Raza in the Mission District. He has published at Poets 11 2008, Poets 11 2009 and the Occupy SF Poetry Anthology (2012). Carlos is highly influenced by Latin American surrealist poetry and the complexities of anti-colonialist politics in his homeland. MELISSA REYES
is the author of I Am Sausal Creek/Soy el Arroyo Sausal
(Little Nomad, 2015) her debut children’s book. She believes that all children deserve to see themselves reflected in books and that we need more children's books that promote social and environmental justice and healing of our relationship to the life-giving systems of the Earth. Melissa was a founding member of the dynamic ensemble, Las Bomberas de la Bahía and has performed bomba (Afro-Puerto Rican music and dance) at Yoshi’s, the New Parrish, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, UC Berkeley, San Francisco State, and numerous other cultural centers, schools, and clubs in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Japan. She has shared the stage with La Santa Cecilia, Susana Baca, Sonora Dinamita, Jarabe de Palo, and many other amazing artists. Her work has been supported by the Alliance for California Traditional Arts and the City of Oakland’s Cultural Funding Program. Melissa has worked as a classroom teacher, youth organizer, yoga instructor, curriculum developer, builder of collectives, and a teacher trainer. Currently, Melissa teaches community bike programs with Cycles of Change, a non-profit organization based in the San Antonio neighborhood of Oakland. She was born in New Jersey, grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and now lives in Oakland. SANDRA GARCIA RIVERA
has captured audiences throughout the U.S., Caribbean, and Europe as a spoken word poet, vocalist and percussionist. She has published two chapbooks: Divination of the Mistress and Shoulder High. Her work has appeared and been anthologized in the Hostos Review, the Centro Journal, and Urban Latino Magazine among others. She was the recipient of a 2015 Artist-In-Residence from the Headlands Center of the Arts where she worked on a forthcoming collection of poetry. As a vocalist, she has performed and recorded with international Latin Jazz and Caribbean roots music artists and ensembles, and is currently a member of La Mixta Criolla. Based in the Bay Area, she is a teaching artist with WritersCorps and SF Jazz in San Francisco.