JOIN US on Sunday, January 7th – as we host
“PEREGRINAS: California Women Poets in the Southwest”
at INPRINT HOUSE // 1520 W. Main // 4-6pm
Writer Yaccaira Salvatierra came up with the idea of California women poets driving along the border sharing their work. The group of poets feel it is very important for California border poets to be in communication with other border states and other communities and to share stories and build community. Houston will serve as the last leg of their multi-city tour and we are honored to have these brilliant writers visit the H.
Bring your friends and foes alike and come enjoy this Latinx literary opportunity! This event is free and open to the public and the poets should have books on hand to sell. PLEASE SUPPORT THESE VOICES!
ABOUT THE POETS:
Marisol Baca is the author of Tremor (Three Mile Harbor Press). She has been published in Narrative Northeast, Riverlit, Shadowed: An Anthology of Women Writers, Acentos Review, among other publications. She received her Master of Fine Arts from Cornell University where she won the Robert Chasen poetry award for her poem, Revelato. She is also a recipient of the Andres Montoya poetry scholarship. Currently, Marisol is an English professor at Fresno City College.
Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, a first-generation Chicana, is the author of Posada: Offerings of Witness and Refuge (Sundress Publications 2016). A former Steinbeck Fellow, Poets & Writers California Writers Exchange winner and Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grantee, she’s received residencies from Hedgebrook, Ragdale, National Parks Arts Foundation and Poetry Foundation. Her work is published in Acentos Review, CALYX, crazyhorse, and American Poetry Review among others. A dramatization of her poem “Our Lady of the Water Gallons,” directed by Jesús Salvador Treviño, can be viewed at latinopia.com. She is a cofounder of Women Who Submit and a member of Macondo Writers’ Workshop.
Yaccaira Salvatierra’s poems have appeared in Huizache, Diálogo, Puerto del Sol, and Rattle among others. She is a VONA alumna, the recipient of the Dorrit Sibley Award for achievement in poetry, and the 2015 winner of the Puerto del Sol Poetry Prize. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a Best of the Net. An educator and art instructor, she lives in San José, California with her two sons.
Vanessa Angélica Villarreal was born in the Rio Grande Valley borderlands to formerly undocumented Mexican immigrants. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Buzzfeed Reader, Epiphany, Apogee, Sporklet, PBS Newshour, Poor Claudia, Waxwing, The Wanderer, DIAGRAM, The Feminist Wire, The Poetry Foundation Harriet Blog, and others. She has served as an editor for the Bettering American Poetry project and is a CantoMundo Fellow. She is the author of Beast Meridian (Noemi Press, Akrilica Series, 2017). She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, but her hometown is Houston, Texas. (HELL YES!)
MEANWHILE . . .
Monthly Open Mic & Featured Reading/Performer @ Stages Repertory Theatre!
We are currently organizing a monthly open mic and featured reading series at Stages Rep Theatre! We are collaborating with the theatre to help bring more Latino/a audiences to their great space and to help promote their upcoming Latino/a Theatre festival, Sin Muros which will feature new plays written by local and Texas born Latino/a playwrights, including Houston’s very own Josh Inocencio, (author of Purple Eyes)!
Our open mic and featured reading series will begin in the Fall 2017 and we will share more details including dates, times and artists soon! Stay tuned for details, this is going to be huge!
Museum of Fine Arts Houston Collaboration
We are also currently in conversation with the MFAH to help bring more diverse programming to the museum and to include the Latino/a literary community in various outreach opportunities and programs, including pop up writing workshops at the museum and in the community, and storytelling and poetry performance events!
Check our website for more details soon, as we work on these wonderful new projects and initiatives!