We’re back with our first Future Now reading series of the year! Hosted by Dryland LA literary journal’s Nikolai Garcia, join us via Zoom 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, Antonia Silva and Cecilia Caballero. Slam champion, best political poet of America, and Re/Arte writer-in-residence, Matt Sedillo will be reading from his new poetry collection City on the Second Floor (Flowersong Press, 2022).
Fill out this google form to sign up for the Open Mic. 10 Slots available per reading!
Date: Thursday, March 3rd
Time: 7 pm – 9 pm PST.
About The Authors
Antonia Silva is a queer Mexican-American poet from Santa Ana, California who currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon. They were a 2021 Artist-in-Residence at the Independent Publishing Resource Center. Antonia’s work is published in Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Rising Phoenix Review, and Dryland Literary Journal. Follow them on IG @n0palitx
Based in Los Angeles, Cecilia Caballero is a creative nonfiction writer, poet, teaching artist, and coeditor of the book The Chicana Motherwork Anthology. As a teaching artist, Cecilia facilitates poetry workshops to create more communal spaces for healing and social justice. Her prose and poetry has been published in Dryland, Epiphany, Gathering: A Women Who Submit Anthology, Raising Mothers, The Acentos Review, and elsewhere. She is an alum of workshops and fellowships with Tin House, Macondoa, and the Women’s National Book Association and her work has been nominated for a Pushcart prize and a Rhysling award. Cecilia is currently working on her first book, a memoir titled Other Alive Creatures. Twitter: @la_sangre_llama
Matt Sedillo has been described as the “best political poet in America” as well as “the poet laureate of the struggle” by academics, poets, and journalists alike. He has appeared on CSPAN and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, among other publications. He has spoken at Casa de las Americas in Havana, Cuba, at numerous conferences and forums such as the National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education, National Association of Chicana/Chicano Studies, The Left Forum, the US Social Forum and at over a hundred universities and colleges, including the University of Cambridge, among many others. He is the current writer in residence at Re/Arte and author of Mowing Leaves of Grass (FlowerSong Press, 2019), as well as City on the Second Floor (FlowerSong Press, 2022).
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).
Help us get the word out by sharing the flyer on Instagram, FB, or Twitter and invite a friend to come hang out! This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to showcase their poetry and connect with artists of the Los Angeles community and beyond.