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.
Paola Valenzuela is a bilingual poet from the border towns Agua Prieta, Sonora and Douglas, Arizona. She was a coordinating staff member of Spoken Futures, the grassroots literary organization behind the Tucson Youth Poetry Slam. In November of 2020, she published her first chapbook Cricket’s Lament: Poemas de Duelo e Inocencia with the support of Spoken Futures Press. She’s currently the Event and Development Coordinator at the University of Arizona Poetry Center.
KPMADMAN is a music selecta for the folks of oppressed histories and livelihoods. KPMADMAN has been DJing in Tucson since 2018. His hard drives are endless when it comes to sounds of origin from the motherland.
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.