The Asteroid Readings

Second Sundays

3pm-5pm January – March / 6pm-8pm April – June

El Pueblo Neighborhood Center, Bldg 1 Courtyard – 101 W. Irvington Rd.

Open Mic Sign Up 30 minutes before start

The Asteroid Reading Series is the fourth iteration of Tucson poet, Eva Sierra’s, Reading Series, all-ages poetry open mic which began in 2020. The series aims to provide a safe space for people of all identities to share. Reading in the title references astrology and tarot readings: inviting ancestors, spirit and divinity to empower those who step to the mic. THE ASTEROID READINGS, named after some of the asteroids regarded in astrology, begin January 2024 in collaboration with Borderlands Theatre. 

Priscilla Rodriguez, rapper, writer, photographer and cultural promoter. Priscilla, also known as “Nefftys,” is a Nogalense artist who has focused on making rap music for the past 15 years. She is a singer-songwriter and has presented her musical project at numerous venues and events in the Southwest United States, Mexico and parts of Europe. Strongly bilingual, the music Nefftys makes is described as an expression of the reality and difficulties of life on the border as well as the beauty of belonging to two cultures. Her most recent work as a cultural promoter focuses on building capacity and opening spaces for artists in Ambos Nogales.

January 14 – THE CERES READING ft. Chervanna Givens @chervannagivens

February 11 – THE PALLAS READING ft. Brytnee Laurette @brytneelaurette

March 10 – THE HYGEIA READING ft. Paola Valenzuela @pao_the_poetess
April 14 – THE VESTA READING ft. Mariana Rivera @spokepersonsunset
May 12 – THE ERIS READING ft. E. García Naranjo, “Q” @sinsafos

June 9 – THE SAPPHO READING ft. Neftys @nefftys

Eva Sierra – Reading Series host & producer

Eva Maria Sierra is a queer poet and teaching artist born in Douglas, Arizona. They began writing in childhood—eventually becoming a regular at the Tucson Youth Poetry Slam. Eva became part of the Spoken Futures staff, where they learned how to organize events and teach poetry workshops. Now Eva is a creative collaborator of the University of Arizona: Poetry Center, and director of The Reading Series: a poetry open mic themed after the occult. Eva is also a fellow of Arizona State University’s Piper Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing.