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Galería de la Raza: LUNADA Literary Lounge
April 29, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
LUNADA Literary Lounge
Spoken Word * Música * Open Mic
Sunday, April 29, 2018 | 7:30 pm
Lunada celebrates National Poetry Month with featured artists Susana Praver-Pérez founder of La Tertulia Boricua, emerging Iranian-American writer and literary editor Dena Rod, and Chicana poet, educator, and scholar Naomi Helena Quiñonez reading from her new book The Exiled Room.
OPEN MIC: Sign-up at 7pm, 8 spots on the list, 5 min. ea. Poets, storytellers, emcees, musicians, laureates, veteranos, and first-timers invited to share their voices under our bilingual lunar spotlight.
Hosted by Sandra García Rivera
DOORS OPEN AT 7:00pm
GALERÍA 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. Voted Best Literary Night two years in a row by the SF Bay Guardian, 2016 & 2017.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Susana Praver-Pérez is an Oakland based poet, short-story writer and co-founder of La Tertulia Boricua, a monthly Puerto Rican cultural salon. Her work has appeared in The Acentos Review, La Respuestaon-line magazine of the Puerto Rican diaspora, MilviaStreet Arts and Literary Journal, KPFA radio and at live readings around the SF Bay Area. She is an alumna of Naropa Institute’s Summer PoeticsProgram,Las Dos Brujas Writers’ Workshopand is currently studying Creative Writing at Berkeley City College. Although Susana is passionate about poetry, she’s not ready to give up her day job at La Clínica de la Raza in Oakland, California where shehas workedfor over 35 years as a Physician Assistant and currently as Associate Medical Director.
Naomi Quiñonez is a poet, educator and cultural activist. She is the author of three collections of poetry, Hummingbird Dream/Sueño de Colibri, The Smoking Mirror, and The Exiled Moon. She edited several critical and literary publications including Invocation L.A: Urban Multicultural Poetry, which won the American Book Award, Decolonial Voices and Caminos Magazine. She is co founder of the Bay Area Librotraficante network, a founding member of the Los Angeles Barrio Writer’s Workshop and she offers poetry and literacy workshops to diverse communities in the Bay Area including the Women’s Cancer Resource Center in Oakland, and the Instituto Familiar de la Raza in the Mission District. In addition to holding a PhD in American History and contributing to the scholarship of Latino/as and women of color, Quiñonez is part of a larger genre of U.S. writers of color and has appeared in programs with Quincy Troupe, Octavia Butler and Luis Rodriguez. Her work has appeared in many publications including the Colorado Review, Infinite Divisions and, From Totems to Hip Hop. Quiñonez is the recipient of a Rockefeller Fellowship, the American Book Award, and a California Arts Grant, She is featured in Notable Hispanic Women and the Dictionary of Literary Biography.
Dena Rod is an Iranian American writer, editor, and poet. They’re a graduate of San Francisco State University, where they received a Master’s Degree in English Literature. You can find more of their work in CCSF’s Forum Literary Magazine, Endangered Species, Enduring Values: An Anthology of San Francisco Area Writers and Artists of Color, and the upcoming anthology Iran Musings: Stories and Memories from the Iranian Diaspora (Release Date: 2019).