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Lunada ~ Literary Lounge

Spoken Word * Música * Open Mic

Saturday, March 11, 2017 | 7:30 pm

March Lunada features LAS LUNAS LOCAS with Sharon Elliott, Devi S. Laskar, Sophia Rivera, and MARIA DE LA ROSA.

OPEN MIC: 10 spots on the list, 5 min. each. Sign-up at 7:15pm

During Mes Internacional de la Mujer, on the eve of daylight savings and under the full moon, Lunada features artists who work collaboratively, to empower women and our communities through poetry, baile, collective gatherings and music. MARIA DE LA ROSA is a writer of décimas, a choreographer, musician and cultural worker whose work will be performed in the tradition of son jarocho. Los Angeles based poetry collective LAS LUNAS LOCAS feature writer & activist Sharon Elliot, photographer & poet Devi S. Laskar, and writer and educator Sophia Rivera, founder of Palabras de Pasadena. 

The Lunada OPEN MIC invites poets, emcees, musicians, storytellers, laureates and first-timers to share their voices under the lunar spotlight. Sign-up 7:15pm: 10 spots on the list, 5 min. ea.

Hosted by Sandra García Rivera

$5.00 Admission

2857 24th Street, at Bryant
SF, CA 94110

Voted Best Literary Night of 2016 by the SF Bay Guardian, 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. 


MARIA DE LA ROSA, native of San José, California, has studied for 30 years with masters of Mexican dance and music; taught traditional arts for 25+ years; has performed throughout California and in Hawaii and Mexico, primarily as a dancer with Los Lupeños de San José, and was the Artistic Director for the company for three years.  Honors include selected works to the SF Ethnic Dance Festival; collaborations with the Limón Foundation, NY; "Champion of the Arts" by SJ Mercury News; Artist Fellowship for Choreography by Arts Council SV; and grants and honors for new works including 2014 NPN Creation Fund award. In 2016 she was invited as a lead artist to the Doris Duke Foundation Building Demand for the Arts initiative.  In 2013, she choreographed MACARIO, the NEA funded theater production of the book and movie of the same name.  Since 2006, she has curated and performed in several son jarocho projects at La Peña.  With the 2014 PAZ: Fandango Urbano project, Maria launched year-round son jarocho programming at La Peña, including classes and monthly fandangos. Maria’s music collective, DíaPa’Son, performs throughout the Bay Area and beyond and opened the 2013 and 2015 SF Son Jarocho Festival.  She has been a faculty member, performing artist and administrator at Mexican Heritage Plaza and East Bay Center for the Performing Arts and currently free-lances throughout the Bay Area including as an artist in residence at La Peña Cultural Center.  María earned her BA and Masters from Stanford University. 

LAS LUNAS LOCAS is a Los Angeles-based poetry collective who aims to empower women through their different identities and cultures. They have a writing circle that has been meeting on Mondays for the past few years to “create a safe space for a community of self-identifying womyn to write, right and rite.” They also host/present/produce and organize a plethora of events and writing workshops in Los Angeles.  At the March 2017 Lunada, Las Lunas Locas will feature the work of Sharon Elliot, Devi S. Laskar, and Sophia Rivera.

Sharon Elliott has been a writer and poet activist over several decades beginning in the anti-war and civil rights movements in the 1960s and 70s, and four years in the Peace Corps in Nicaragua and Ecuador, especially in multicultural women’s issues.  She is a Moderator of Poets Responding to SB1070, and has featured in poetry readings in the San Francisco Bay area. Her work has been published in several anthologies and her poem “Border Crossing” appears in the anthology entitled Poetry of Resistance: Voices for Social Justice, Francisco X. Alarcón and Odilia Galván Rodriguez, eds.  She has read it in Los Angeles at AWP and La Pachanga 2016 book launch, in San Francisco, at the Féis Seattle (Scots gaelic language/culture workshop) Céiliedh in Port Townsend, WA and at Poetry Express in Berkeley.  Her book, Jaguar Unfinished, was published by Prickly Pear Press, 2012.   

Devi S. Laskar holds an MFA from Columbia University in New York. A former reporter, she is now a photographer and poet. Her recent photographs were on the cover of The Florida Review and inside the pages of Tiferet Journal. Finishing Line Press will publish two of her chapbooks this year, Gas & Food, No Lodging next month and Anastasia Maps later this summer. She is an alumna of VONA/Voices and now lives in California.

Sophia Rivera is a Chicana writer, scholar and educator from Northwest Pasadena. A proud Luna Loca, she is also the co-facilitator of Las Lunas Locas, a womyn’s writing circle based in El Sereno, CA.  She is also the founder of Palabras de Pasadena, a community storytelling and literacy project.  Sophia recently published the co-written essay, “Passing the Sage,” in the Chicana/Latina Studies Journal and her poetry has been published in Tia Chucha’s Press Anthology, “Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes and Shifts in Los Angeles.” She believes in the sacred power of telling stories, oldies por vida, Selenas Forevers, lunas locas are magic, and that poetry saves lives.  


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