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, writers, 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 Dryland LA Issue 11. This month’s features include Stephany Bravo, winner of the HYPHENS Essay Prize, Marcus Clayton, Executive Editor for Indicia Literary Journal, and June Jordan’s Poetry for the People poet, Tony Morales.
Address: 2123 E Cesar Chavez. Ave. Boyle Heights, CA.
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Date: Thursday, June 2nd
Time: 7 pm – 9 pm PDT.
About the authors
Stephany Bravo was born in Los Angeles and raised in Compton, CA. to parents of Mexican descent. Stephany is a dual doctoral candidate of English and Chicano/Latino Studies at Michigan State University where she processes community-based archives and crafts testimonios. Stephany’s writing appears in Boundless: The Anthology of the Rio Grande Valley, Dryland: A Literary Journal Born in South Central Los Angeles and Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. Her piece, “¡Tamales, Tamales, Tamaleees!” won the HYPHENS Essay Prize.
Marcus Clayton is a multigenre Afro-Latino writer from South Gate, CA, who holds an M.F.A. in Poetry from the California State University of Long Beach. He is an executive editor for Indicia Literary Journal, and plays in a punk band called tudors. Currently, he pursues a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California, focusing his studies on the intersections between Latinx literature, Black literature, Decolonization, and Punk Rock. Some published work can be seen or is forthcoming in Nightboat Books, The Oxford Handbook of Punk Rock, Indiana Review, Passages North, Joyland Magazine, and Glass Poetry Press among many others.
Tony Morales (he/him) is a multimedia artist from Los Angeles. He participated in June Jordan’s Poetry for the People as a student and student teacher poet.
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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