Hosted by Dryland LA literary journal’s Nikolai Garcia, join us via Zoom and live at Re/Arte Centro Literario in Boyle Heights to hear featured poets and guest Open Mic artists present their work, every first Thursday of the month.
In this event we call on all Black & Brown poets and writers to join us for our Open Mic & Reading Series, which features three authors published in literary journal Dryland LA. This month features include poets published in Issue 11: From Ciudad de México, Victoria Martínez Andrade; Moncho Alvarado, who just released her debut poetry collection Greyhound Americans (winner of the 2020 Saturnalia Book Prize); and Alicia Viguer-Espert, two-time pushcart prize nominee.
Address: 2123 Cesar Chavez. Ave. Boyle Heights, CA.
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Date: Thursday, May 5th
Time: 7 pm – 9 pm PDT.
About the authors
Victoria Martinez is from Mexico City, where she currently lives. Storyteller, poet, author of Emociones Clandestinas (2000) presented at FIL in Guadalajara. She has worked into advertising and digital communication and likes to write about all forms of dance and corporal movement, about love, time and death, and details of life that together describe historical moments of contemporary history.
Moncho Alvarado is a sister in residence in air, a Cihuayollotl trans woman Xicanx poet, translator, visual artist, and educator. She is the author of Greyhound Americans (Saturnalia Books 2022), which was the winner of the 2020 Saturnalia Book Prize, selected by Diane Seuss. She has been published in Meridian, Foglifter, Lunch Ticket, 2018 Emerge Lambda Fellows Anthology, Poets.org, and other publications. She is a recipient of fellowships and residencies from The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Lambda Literary, Poets House, Troika House, the Summer Seminar at Sarah Lawrence College, and won the Academy of American Poet’s John B. Santoianni award for excellence in poetry. She lives part time in Pacoima, CA and Queens, NY. follow her at monchoalvarado.com
Born in Valencia, Spain, Alicia Viguer-Espert was raised in a bilingual household of Castilian and Valencian, travelled the world, learned English as an adult, began writing in English in 2017 and that same year was the winner of the 2017 San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival Book. She writes about her relationship to nature, identity, language, home, and soul while dreaming to elicit hope with her poetry. Her work has been published in national and international journals, anthologies, magazines, and web sites. Featured poet at numerous museums, art galleries, libraries, and poetry salons, Alicia is also a twice Pushcart nominee.
Open Mic Guidelines
- Be ready to unmute yourself when your name is called and please mute yourself again once you are done sharing.
- Open-mic readers will have three minutes to share. Please be respectful of our other readers’ time. We will use the mute button at our discretion.
- We will not tolerate any hate speech. (No racism, sexism, homophobia, etc).
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