Afro-Latinas in Tejas Highlights

Tintero Projects is always striving to highlight the many diverse voices and identities in the Latino/a community. For this reason, we decided to spend an evening honoring and celebrating the work of three Afro-Latina writers from Texas.

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On May 25, 2017, at the Leonel Castillo Community Center, Texas poets Natasha (Natty) Carrizosa, Ariana Brown and Jasminne Mendez came together for a reading all about being Afro-Latina in Tejas. They shared poems about identity, culture, home, heritage and language.

 

It was a night filled with joy, laughter, passion, tears and testimony. A reading like this has never been done in the city of Houston before and we definitely know it won’t be the last time either.

Natty was brought to tears by the words and presence of Ariana Brown’s work about being Afro-Mexicana, and the audience responded to every writer’s work with snaps, claps, head nods and hugs after the show. Both Jasminne and Ariana sold out of their books and members of the audience said they had never experienced a reading like this before. In fact, many were introduced to concept of Afro-Latinidad for the first time.

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It was even a transformative event for the writers themselves. This was the first time both Ariana and Natty  had taken part in an all Afro-Latinx event! Overall, we know this event was a resounding success and we’d like to thank our DJ and NCI contact Jose Rivera (Boriquasol), everyone who came out to support, helped carry snacks, and/or donated and spent time with the Tintero Family to make this event possible. We couldn’t do this without you!

Please stay tuned for more details about our upcoming MONTHLY open mic and featured reading series in collaboration with Stages Repertory Theatre to help promote their 2018 Latino/a Theatre Festival: Sin Muros.

(Pictures below taken by Hannah Adair Bonner & Lupe Mendez)

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No Ban, No Wall: Women Writers Unite Highlights!

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(L to R) Cristina Martinez, Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros

“This weekend was soul stirring!” – Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros

Tintero Projects recently hosted a wonderful all female poetry reading and we hope you were there to be a part of the magic and the history. Here are some highlights of that wonderful day!

On May 13, 2017 our No Ban, No Wall: Women Writers Unite reading and writing workshop was held at Inprint Houston.

Lena Khalaf Tuffaha (Author of the chapbook Arab in Newsland and poetry collection Water & Salt) kicked off our writing workshop with prayer bead poems, self-portrait poems, and variety of creative exercises to get writing participants engaged and excited. Participants, read work by authors of color, wrote and shared their own writing.

“The workshop was one of the coolest and most beautiful ones I’ve ever been to.” – Cristina Martinez

 

Later that evening, our intimate and lovely reading featured work by Cristina Martinez, Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros and our feature all the way from Seattle, Lena Khalaf Tuffaha. All three writers shared beautiful and inspiring work about their lives as immigrants and women of color and afterwards, our Founder, Lupe Mendez lead the crowd and the writers in a Q & A session.

We capped off the night with a lovely reception and book signing, and everyone in our audience was left wanting for more. We do hope to bring back all three of these writers in the future and this reading and workshop event could not have been made possible without the sponsorship of Poets & Writers, and without the moral support of our venue sponsor Inprint House. THANK YOU!

We hope to see you all at our upcoming readings and open mic series…STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS!!!

“The poets you had last night! Oh my goodness!! AMAZING!”- Emily Miller

 

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