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Lunada Literary Lounge
October 5, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm$5
Featuring Francisco Aragón and Nancy Morejón, and 10 spots on the Open Mic.
Under the full Harvest Moon of Fall, Lunada will host two award-winning Latinx and Caribbean literary luminaries for an historic reading entre dos maestros. FRANCISCO ARAGÓN, San Francisco native and son of Nicaraguan immigrants, and preeminent Cuban author NANCY MOREJÓN, are both in town for brief visits, and will feature their work at the next Lunada with the pueblo of the Mission, in San Francisco.
OPEN MIC: Sign up is at the entrance at 7pm, 10 spots on the list, 5 min. ea. inviting poets, storytellers, emcees, musicians, laureates, veteranos, and first-timers to share their voices throughout the evening, under the lunar spotlight.
DOORS OPEN AT 7PM.
Hosted by Sandra García Rivera
2857 24th Street, at Bryant
SF, CA 94110
LUNADA is the Bay Area’s only full moon bilingual literary ritual & performance gathering devoted to spoken word, música, song, and story. Located in the heart of the Mission District at Galería de la Raza, and guest curated by some of the Bay Area’s most dynamic word slingers and artists, each LUNADA features community poets, local legends, visiting mystics, and other mero meros of the stage. Voted Best Literary Night of 2016 by the SF Bay Guardian.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
A native of San Francisco, California, Francisco Aragón is the son of Nicaraguan immigrants. Educated in the city at St. James and Riordan, he earned a B.A. in Spanish literature across the bay at UC Berkeley before relocating to Madrid, where he obtained an M.A. in Hispanic Civilization from New York University (“NYU in Spain”). Upon his return to the United States after a ten-year stint in Europe, Aragón began a period of activity that included his own writing, editing, translating, and literary curating. After completing graduate degrees in creative writing from UC Davis (M.A.) and the University of Notre Dame (M.F.A.), he joined the faculty at the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies (ILS), where he established the ILS’ literary initiative—Letras Latinas, where he has conceived of and overseen programs for Latinx poets and writers. His work in this area led him to serve the literary community at-large, including as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, a nominator for various literary distinctions, and as a trustee of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) from 2008 to 2012. In 2010, he was awarded the “Outstanding Latino/a Cultural Arts, Literary Arts and Publications Award by the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education and in 2015 a VIDO Award by VIDA, Women in the Literary Arts. In 2017, he was a finalist for Split This Rock’s Freedom Plow Award for poetry and activism. Aragón, a CantoMundo Fellow and a member of the Macondo Writers’ Workshop, is the author of two books: Puerta del Sol (Bilingual Press, 2005) and Glow of Our Sweat (Scapegoat Press, 2010) as well as editor of the anthology, The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry (University of Arizona Press, 2007). His third book, After Rubén, is forthcoming next year from Northern California publisher, Blue Oak Press. His poems and translations have appeared in various print and online journals, as well as numerous anthologies. He spends the fall semester on the Notre Dame campus where he teaches a literature course on Latinx poetry, and spring in Washington, D.C., where he teaches a poetry workshop featuring the work of local and visiting Latinx poets.
Nancy Morejón is Cuba’s preeminent living poet, and is the recipient of multiple literary awards. Morejón graduated with honors at the University of Havana, having studied Caribbean and French Literature, and she is fluent in French, English. The daughter of a stevedore of African descent and a mother of Chinese Cuban and European descent, Nancy writes of Cuban mestizo culture. Also a daughter of the Cuban revolution, her work explores a range of themes: the mythology of the Cuban nation, the relation of the blacks of Cuba within that nation. In addition, she also voices the situation of women within her society, expressing concern for women’s experience and for racial equality within the Cuban revolution. Her work also treats the grievous fact of slavery as an ancestral experience. Her work treats political themes as well as intimate, familial topics. She is a well-regarded translator of French and English into Spanish, particularly Caribbean writers, including Edouard Glissant, Jacques Roumain and Aimé Césaire, René Depestre. Her own poetry has been translated into English, German, French, Portuguese, Gallego, Russian, Macedonian, and others. She has produced a number of journalistic, critical, and dramatic works. One of the most notable is her book-length treatments of poet Nicolás Guillén. In 1986 she won the Cuban “Premio de la crítica” (Critic’s Prize) for Piedra Pulida, and in 2001 won Cuba’s National Prize for Literature, awarded for the first time to a black woman. This national prize for literature was created in 1983; Nicolás Guillén was the first to receive it. She also won the Golden Wreath of the Struga poetry evenings for 2006. She has toured extensively in the United States, Latin America, and in other countries, and Nancy will also be accompanied by Daisy Salas, who works as a coordinator for Cuban artists and writers.