Lunada!

A virtual new moon literary lounge. 

A virtual new moon literary lounge.

Wednesday April 22 @ 6 pm!

Livestreamed on Borderlands Theater Facebook and Youtube page! And on Galeria de La Raza’s Instagram page!

For two decades Lunadas have fortified Bay Area communities on the full moon. During this time of the Covid19 crisis Lunadas go virtual and move to the new moon, a time for intention setting and realignment. Recognizing the need to pull together Galería de la Raza joins forces with Borderlands Theater and lunada founder Marc David Pinate, in a historic collaboration presenting an evening of truth telling and testimonials on the dark side of the moon. Featuring the best Latinx poets in the country the virtual Lunada promises an evening of medicine for the heart and spirit. 

*Please note: we acknowledge the open mic as an integral aspect of Lunada tradition, but unfortunately, die to limited technical capacity and overall logistics in regulating an open mic remotely, Lunada will only be featuring a curated lineup of poets and performers at this time. We hope we can continue the open mic tradition in the future, and that you can join us for this magical evening!

Line Up:

Host, Marc David Pinate

Marc David Pinate is the founder and original host of the Lunadas starting in 1998 in San Jose, Califas. Front man for spoken word and musical ensemble, Grito Serpentino, and a National Poetry Slam Champion, he is currently the artistic director of Borderlands Theater in Tucson, Az.  


Poets:

Paul Flores

Shaped by his experiences growing up on the Mexican border, Paul S. Flores creates plays and oral narratives that touch on the immigrant story and spur societal movements. Flores’ play “On The Hill: I Am Alex Nieto” brought San Francisco communities together divided by gentrification and police violence. His last play “We Have Iré” was a 2019 Creative Capital Award winner commissioned by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Pregones Theater. Flores teaches Hip-Hop Theater at the University of San Francisco. 


Juli Delgado Lopera

Juli Delgado Lopera is an award-winning Colombian writer, historian, speaker and storyteller based in San Francisco. Of Juli’s debut novel, Fiebre Tropical, out Spring 2020 from The Feminist Press Dwight Garner from The New York Times wrote  “You can open this novel anywhere and find sunbeams, the signs of a writer who is grinding their own colors” 


Amalia Ortiz

Amalia Ortiz appeared on three seasons of Def Poetry on HBO. NBC Latino named her first book of poetry, Rant. Chant. Chisme., one of “10 Great Latino Books of 2015.” She is a CantoMundo Fellow and received an MFA in Creative Writing from UTRGV. In 2019, she was awarded a NALAC Grant to film music videos for her latest book The Cancion Cannibal Cabaret – a post-apocalyptic punk rock musical- published by Aztlan Libre Press.   


Milta Ortiz

Milta Ortiz is a Salvi interdisciplinary artist from the Bay Area, who now calls Tucson home. Her creative soul blossomed thanks to her immigrant experience. She moves fluidly between cultures and mediums as an award-winning playwright, who moonlights as poet, performer, and writer. Milta co runs Borderlands Theater and teaches theatre at Pima Community College. Her favorite title is mom. She earned an MFA from Northwestern University and a BA from San Francisco State University.


Yosimar Reyes

Yosimar Reyes is a nationally-acclaimed Poet and Public Speaker. Born in Guerrero, Mexico, and raised in Eastside San Jose, Reyes explores the themes of migration and sexuality in his work. The Advocate named Reyes one of “13 LGBT Latinos Changing the World” and Remezcla included Reyes on their list of “10 Up And Coming Latinx Poets You Need To Know.”


Sandra Garcia Rivera

Sandra García Rivera, urban jíbara poet chanteuse, Nuyorican tribe, has captured audiences internationally with her spoken word and song. Host and Curator of Lunada Literary Lounge, from 2010-2018 at Galería de la Raza, she is a 2019 BRIO Award recipient for Poetry from the Bronx Council of the Arts, and is Executive Assistant for Development at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Streaming remotely from la isla, she is hunkered down with family to survive this storm. 


Beats by DJ Dirty Verbs

Logan Phillips is a bilingual poet, performer and DJ. Born and raised in Cochise County, Arizona to a family of Irish-Slavic ancestry, Phillips lived in and around Mexico City 2006-2011, where he contributed to organizing the country’s first regular poetry slam series. He is author of Sonoran Strange (West End Press, Albuquerque, 2015). A seasoned arts educator, Phillips has worked with students regularly since 2005 and is a MFA candidate at the University of Arizona.