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Lunada Literary Lounge Spring Season 2013
Next upcoming night: Friday, May 24
Featuring Lizz Huerta and V. Lazaro Zamora
Celebrate the Carnaval San Francisco spirit
Open mic sign-up at 7:15pm
Galería de la Raza is proud to be the home of the Lunada Literary Lounge (Lunada), the Bay Area's only full moon bilingual literary, ritual, and performance gathering. The season has been going full-steam and has boasted the likes of John Santos, Israel Matos, Deuce Eclipse, Avotcja, the girls of Mission Girls, Sarah C. Jimenez, Jade Cho, DJ AGANA, and a surprise appearance by Guillermo Gómez-Peña thus far on stage. With two more dates in the spring 2013 roster left, May promises to deliver the noise.
Carnaval San Francisco season is alive, the temperature is rising, and there’s a warm front approaching from the South with Lunada’s May featured artists, Lizz Huerta and V. Lazaro Zamora. Sharing poetry and fiction, these visiting artists from Los Angeles and San Diego respectivly are arriving for the Full Flower moon (otherwise known as Mother’s Moon), on the weekend of Carnaval, a 35-year San Francisco tradition celebrating music and cultural elements from Latin America. Galería will be the launching pad for a full weekend of festivities, so Carnaval stories, poetry, and songs are especially encouraged. Let your creativity bloom under the full moon.
About the performers: A native son of Chicago’s west side, V. Lazaro Zamora moved to Los Angeles seven years ago and completed his MFA at the University of California, Riverside in 2010. His work in multiple genres has been published in magazines and online journals. A family man, U.S. Army veteran, Latino activist, and former corporate executive, V’s diverse background makes him a great story teller. V is an adjunct professor of English composition in Los Angeles, where he is at work on his first novel and a book of poetry.
Lizz Huerta is a poet and fiction writer from San Diego. She has worked with non-profits Voz Alta and San Diego Writers Ink, and currently teaches creative writing to homeless teens through the non-profit So Say We All. Her writing has appeared in ZYZZYVA, The Latent Print, Toe Good Poetry, and various anthologies. She is currently working on a fantasy novel.
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About the series: Held every month, on the night of the full moon, Lunada Literary Lounge series is a community gathering where stories, food, songs, and spirit are shared. Located in the heart of the Mission District at Galería de la Raza, each Lunada features community poets, local legends, visiting mystics, and other mero meros of the stage. The curator and host of the Lunada series is Sandra Garcia Rivera.
Sandra Garcia Rivera is an award-winning poet and accomplished vocalist, based in the Bay Area. She has captured audiences throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Europe, both as a solo artist and alongside musical legends. As a vocalist, she has performed and recorded with William Cepeda, John Santos, Los Pleneros de la 21, Rico Pabon, The Welfare Poets, Yomo Toro, Xiomara Fortuna, Laura Pausini, Yerbabuena, Bryan Vargas & Ya Está, The NuyoRican School Poetry Jazz Ensemble, La 21 División, Aguacero, and Las Bomberas de la Bahia. She was a co-founder of Yaya, the Afro-Puerto Rican & Dominican all-women music ensemble based in New York City. As a poet, her work has appeared in journals and anthologies such as Caribbean Erotic, Breaking Ground: Anthology of Puerto Rican Women Writers in New York 1980-2012, Centro Journal, Hostos Review/Revista Hostosiana, and Urban Latino Magazine. She has published two chapbooks: Shoulder High and Divination of the Mistress, and two art editions of her hand-made book That Kiss (Ediciones Mixta, NYC). She appeared in the film Yo Soy Boricua Pa Que Tú Lo Sepa by Rosie Perez, and was the featured poet and mentor of the reality TV show The Chicas Project (Mun2), representing the world renowned Nuyorican Poets Café. In 2001 she travelled to Cuba for the Writers of the Americas Conference, working with writers Junot Diaz, Jack Agüeros, and Danny Hoch. She is currently a teaching artist with SF WritersCorps, a vocalist and percussionist with Hector Lugo y La Mixta Criolla (featured on their debut CD AfroTaino), and the host and curator of the Lunada Literary Lounge at Galería de la Raza. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Antioch University, and is a guest poet/mentor with June Jordan’s Poetry for the People Program at UC Berkeley.
Save the date for the Season Closer: Los Delicados “Reunion of the Snake” with special guests, Sunday, June 23
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Galería de la Raza presents
Lunada Literary Lounge - May edition
Featuring Lizz Huerta (storyteller and poet, visiting from San Diego) and V. Lazaro Zamora (multi-genre provocateur visiting from Los Angeles)
Friday, May 24, 2013
Open mic sign-ups open at 7:15pm
Readings and performances 7:30pm-10pm
Galería de la Raza | Studio 24
2857 24th St (at Bryant)
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 826-8009 office
2013 Gallery Hours
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