Dryland in San Francisco April 30th – Future Now Featuring Josiah Luis Alderete, Tongo Eisen-Martin & More

Join us this Saturday, April 30th, for a special edition of our monthly Reading & Open Mic Series, Future Now, live from the Medicine For Nightmares Bookstore & Gallery in the San Francisco Mission District. This month we are featuring contributors from Issue 11 and Bay Area poets: Josiah Luis Alderete, hector son of hector, Lupita Limón Corrales, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Mimi Tempestt, & Adrian Ibarra.

This is a hybrid event and will be both in-person and accesible online via zoom.

When: Saturday, April 30th 8-10PM PST

In-Person Location: MEDICINE FOR NIGHTMARES 3036 24th St San Francisco CA 94110


Fill out this google form to sign up for the Open Mic. Whether you’re attending on-site or via zoom you’ll get a chance to share your poems. Only 10 spots available!

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 & Bay Area communities.


Josiah Luis Alderete is a full blooded Pocho who first learned how to write poesia in the kitchen of his Mama’s Mexican restaurant. He was a founding member of the outspoken word group, “The Molotov Mouths,” and is the curator and host of the long running monthly Chicano/Latinx reading series, “Speaking Axolotl.” He is one of the recipients of the 2021 San Francisco Foundation/Nomadic Press Literary Award. Josiah’s first book of poems, Baby Axolotls y Old Pochos, was released in 2021 from Black Freighter Press.

hector son of hector lives in Oakland, CA. He is the child of Mexican immigrants, currently works in a hospital, dreams of short stories, and writes poetry in secret.

Lupita Limón Corrales is an undocumented angel, archivist, and daughter.

Tongo Eisen-Martin is a poet, movement worker, and educator originally from San Francisco. His latest curriculum on extrajudicial killing of Black people, “We Charge Genocide Again,” has been used as an educational and organizing tool nation-
wide. His book, Someone’s Dead Already, was nominated for a California Book Award. His latest book, Heaven Is All Goodbyes, (City Lights Pocket Poets series) was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and won both a California and American Book Award.

Mimi Tempestt (she/they) is a multidisciplinary artist, poet, and daughter of California. She has a MA in Literature from Mills College, and is currently a doctoral student in the Creative/Critical PhD in Literature at UC Santa Cruz. Her debut collection of poems, the monumental misrememberings, is published with Co-Conspirator Press (2020). She was choosen for participation in the Lambda Literary Writers Retreat For Emerging LGBTQ Voices for poetry in 2021, and is currently a creative fellow at The Ruby in San Francisco. Her Works can be found in Foglifter, Apogee Journal, Interim Poetics, and The Studio Museum in Harlem.

Adrian Ibarra is a poet and weirdo living in Oakland, CA. He is an MFA grad from Antioch University, Los Angeles where he served as managing editor for their literary magazine, Lunch Ticket. His work has been nominated for the Best of the Net and has appeared at The John Lion New Plays Festival, in Burningword, The Wild Word, Cinepunx, Metaphor Magazine, and Barren Magazine, as well as other journals and lit mags that don’t exist anymore. Works in progress can be found at teenknifecrime.tumblr.com.

Rubén Funkahuatl Guevara Discusses “Con Safos” Documentary at Re/Arte

BOYLE HEIGHTS, CA – ReArte is pleased to welcome Los Angeles native and all-around
artist, Rubén Funkahuatl Guevara, at ReArte headquarters on Saturday October 30th. He will be
joined by his son, Rubén Guevara III, who is the Co-creator and executive producer of “Con
Safos” that shares Rubén’s rise as a Chicano culture sculptor.

The documentary was released October 13th on KCET’s Artbound series and recounts how
Rubén’s life experiences and crossover in Chicano performance art shaped Chicano culture and
made people proud and understand Chicanismo.

He is considered a Chicano rock pioneer and his musical talents led him to work with other
Chicanos in the entertainment industry like Cheech Marin. “I’m brought on as a cultural
consultant and my screen credit is East L.A. Cultural Attache,” Guevara shared in the
documentary about working with Cheech for his movie, Born in East L.A. He

Hear more about Rubén’s life experiences and the making of the documentary, “Con Safos”, this
Saturday from 2-5pm with a Q&A led by L.A. poet Iván Salinas at ReArte.

Re/Arte Grand Opening Party! Sat. June 26th

Celebrate with us this Saturday, June 26th 2021, for the opening of Re/Arte, a literary space in the Boyle Heights community & the new home of Dryland Literary Journal, Hombre Lobo, & Ponte Las Pilas Press. DOORS OPEN AT 6 PM. We will have a mic set up for any poets to bless the space with their palabras.

Feel free to bring books, art prints, or supplies to donate! We are also accepting donations via Venmo @reartela. For tax-deductible donations, we are taking donations via our fiscal sponsor Tia Chucha at tiachucha.org/donate (please make sure to give us your full name when you donate via Tia Chucha to keep track of the donations made to Re/Arte)!

Re/Arte is a literary and art center run/owned by Viva Padilla. This is a space open to hosting a number of events such as film screenings, book readings, open mic nights, workshops, author talks, literacy programs for the youth, and more. Visit the website for more information on upcoming events and how to book the space for your event!

Time & Location

When: Saturday, June 26th, 2021. 6 PM – ???

Location: RE/ARTE: 2014 E. Cesar E Chavez Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90033

Dryland Literary Journal Awarded Critical Minded Grant

We are excited to announce that Dryland has been awarded a $5,000 grant from Critical Minded, a grantmaking and learning initiative of The Nathan Cummings Foundation and The Ford Foundation which aims to support critics of color in the United States. The purpose of the initiative is to “build the resources and visibility of cultural critics of color through: direct support to publications and individuals, research, advocacy, and convening.”

Historically, critics of color have been pushed out of cultural and political conversations. In the article “Why Cultural Critics of Color Matter,” Elizabeth Méndez Berry, Director of Voice, Creativity, and Culture at the Nathan Cummings Foundation, wrote: “If we have been made painfully aware of the lack of representation of people of color in the industries that tell us stories, we should also be aware of the lack of representation of people of color in the places where we make meaning of those stories…the majority of full-time critics — at the few media outlets that still have them — are white.”

Through the Critical Minded grant the editors of Dryland are using these funds to publish criticisms from writers of color that challenge narratives, aesthetics, and topics in the arts while engaging in political discourse relevant to our readers. 

We are currently accepting pitches until March 1st, 2021. Accepted pitches will be published in Issue 11. For more information head over to our submissions guidelines.