LUNADA ~ Literary Lounge
Spoken Word * Música * Open Mic
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
| 7:30 pm
Spring 2012 Season Opener: Featured poets Bonafide Rojas & Fish Vargas, hosted by Sandra Garcia Rivera.
The LUNADA Spring Season Opener for 2012 features authentic Boricua voices from the Boogie Down Bronx. Featuring Nuyorican Poets Bonafide Rojas on tour in the Bay with his second book of poetry entitled "When the City Sleeps", and also featuring recent transplant to the Bay, founding host and co-curator of the award winning Acentos Bronx Poetry Showcase, Fish Vargas.
OPEN MIC: Sign up at 7:15, musicians and first timers always welcome.
FREE with food dish to share, or with Galería membership.
For over a decade, LUNADA has been the Bay Area’s only full moon bilingual literary ritual & performance gathering. 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. Guest curated by some of the Bay Area’s most dynamic word slingers and artists, LUNADAS are community gatherings where stories, food, songs, and spirit are shared.
GALERIA DE LA RAZA
2857 24th Street, (at Bryant in the Mission)
San Francisco, CA 94110
bonafide rojas is a poet, musician & the author of pelo bueno: a day in the life of a nuyorican poet (dark souls press, 2004) &when the city sleeps (grand concourse press 2011). he has appeared in russell simmons’ “def poetry jam,” season 4, “spitting ink” a documentary on poets & new york & has been published in the anthologies & journals: bum rush the page: a def poetry jam (three rivers press, 2002), rolecall: a generational anthology of social and political black literature and art (third world press, 2002),learn then burn (write bloody, 2010), me no habla con acento (rebel satori press, 2010), the hostos review, the acentos review, the calabash journal, palabra: a magazine of chicano & latino literary art, the centro journal, & letras & is currently on the roster of teaching artists for urban word nyc. he has performed nationally at lincoln center, museum of the american indian, el museo del barrio, the nuyorican poets cafe, the puerto rican traveling theatre, voz alta, the bowery poetry club, m.a.c.l.a, the point, pregones theatre, & the guild complex. he currently lives in the bronx, is a proud father & is the bandleader for musical art project: the mona passage.
Fish Vargas is a Bronx born Nuyorican poet. He has shared his words and experience at countless poetry venues, fundraisers, festivals, universities throughout NYC and the United States. He has been a featured performer at Cornelia Street Cafe, First Wednesday for the Bronx Council on the Arts, Universal hip-hop Parade in honor of Marcus Garvey, Uppercase at Bar 13, Illinois State University, University of William Paterson, University of Albany, University of Ramapo. He was a featured performer at Voice for the Voiceless in Amherst College in Massachusetts 2003 and 2004. In 2004 he claimed victory against 34 slam masters competing on a national level. In 2007 he was a featured performer at the Kosmopolis Literature festival in Barcelona Spain.
He is a founding member Acentos Bronx Poetry Showcase, Acentos Writers Workshop, and the Acentos foundation based in the the Bronx. He was the co-host of louder Monday at Bar 13. He also is a member of the LouderARTS Project Artist organization. He facilitates workshops for the Osborne Association/Freshstart Program at Rikers Island teaching inmates creative writing and poetry for 13 years running. He is also a youth mentor with Urban Word NYC, Bronxworks, Youth Speaks SF, and a teaching Artist with SF Jazz.
Sandra Garcia Rivera is an award-winning poet and prose writer. Most recently her work has appeared in the anthologies Caribbean Erotic (Peepal Tree Press, Leeds); Breaking Ground: Anthology of Puerto Rican Women Writers in New York 1980-2010; as well as in the Centro Journal; Hostos Review/Revista Hostosiana; Urban Latino Magazine; and Manteca. She has published two chapbooks: Shoulder High, and Divination of the Mistress, and two special editions of her hand-made books That Kiss (Ediciones Mixta, NYC). Poet and chanteuse, she has captured audiences throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, Cuba, Holland and Great Britain with her Nuyorican soul and blues inspired delivery, both as a solo artist, and alongside musical legends. She recently earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, from Antioch University in Los Angeles, with a mission of social justice as the artist's role in society.