Lunada Literary Lounge & Open Mic
FALL 2016 SEASON OPENER
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
| 7:30 pm
Featured poets: Maurisa Thompson & Jarvis Subia
OPEN MIC Sign-up at 7:15pm at the entrance
Lunada celebrates our seventeenth cycle around the sun featuring the hottest spoken word wizards in the Bay. The Fall 2016 season begins with two poets burning up the California coast, Push Cart nominee and San Francisco native MAURISA THOMPSON, and slam phenom JARVIS SUBIA hailing from San Jose.
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OPEN MIC: Sign-up at 7:15pm / 10 slots on the list / 5 min. each, featuring first-timers, veteranos, poets, musicians, emcees, and storytellers under the light of the full moon.
Host: SANDRA GARCIA RIVERA
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
JARVIS SUBIA is a spoken word and slam poet born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He had been a part of five national poetry slam teams representing his college and city, most recently placing 2nd in the nation for multi-voice poems with the Palo Alto slam team. Jarvis is a recent graduate of San Francisco State University’s Creative Writing program. Aside from poetry, Jarvis enjoys picking up heavy objects on a regular basis, at home wine/spirit/herb tastings, eating foods high in nutritious sugars, and giving uncomfortably long consenting hugs. He also has a beard you’re allowed to pet with purchase of chapbook, alcohol, or uncomfortably long consenting hugs.
MAURISA THOMPSON was born and raised in San Francisco, and is a proud alum of June Jordan’s Poetry for the People. A poet and educator, she is a recent graduate of UC Riverside’s MFA program, where she was twice awarded a Gluck Fellowship allowing her to teach poetry at Inland Empire Schools, and also took third place in UC Riverside’s Grad Slam for her thesis research on her grandmother’s Great Migration journey from New Orleans to San Francisco. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Pedestal Magazine, The Black Scholar, La Bloga, Cosmonauts Avenue, the anthologies A Feather Floating on the Water: Poems for Our Children and En Vuelo: In Celebration of el Tecolote, and The Haight-Ashbury Journal, which nominated her for a Pushcart Prize. She is proud to have a home in the arts in the Bay Area, where she has worked with various organizations and actions, including Librotraficante Bay Area Califas and Richmond’s RAW Talent. A VONA Voices Fellow, Tin House participant and scholarship recipient at the Napa Valley Writers Workshop, she is currently working on her first poetry manuscript that combines history and folklore with her grandparents’ stories from Louisiana and San Francisco, and a middle-grade novel exploring police brutality.
SANDRA GARCIA RIVERA has captured audiences throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the U.K. as a spoken word poet, vocalist, and percussionist. She has published two chapbooks: Divination of the Mistress and Shoulder High, and her work has appeared, or is forthcoming in the Hostos Review, the Centro Journal, Urban Latino Magazine, and the L.A. Review, among others. 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 performing regularly in the Bay Area. She is currently at work on a forthcoming collection of poetry, is a freelance teaching artist, and arts education consultant.