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Voz Sin Tinta: Eisen-Martin, Zamora, + Vaz
October 12, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join Voz Sin Tinta in the month of October for an epic reading, featuring three writers with their new books fresh off the presses.
We will have light refreshments, drinks, and an open mic before the featured readers. Maximum of 6 open mic slots will be available with a time limit of 4 minutes.
Books will be available for purchase!
Tongo Eisen-Martin is the author of the critically acclaimed poetry book, someone’s dead already, and his poetry has been featured in Harper’s Magazine. He is also a movement worker and educator whose work in Rikers Island was featured in the New York Times. He has been a faculty member at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University, and his curriculum on extrajudicial killing of Black people, “We Charge Genocide Again!” has been used as an educational and organizing tool throughout the country.
Javier Zamora was born in La Herradura, El Salvador in 1990. His father fled El Salvador when he was a year old; and his mother when he was about to turn five. Both parents’ migrations were caused by the US-funded Salvadoran Civil War (1980-1992).
In 1999, Javier migrated through Guatemala, Mexico, and eventually the Sonoran Desert. Before a coyote abandoned his group in Oaxaca, Javier managed to make it to Arizona with the aid of other migrants. His book Unaccompanied (Copper Canyon Press, Fall 2017), explores how immigration and the civil war have impacted his family.
Zamora is a 2016-2018 Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and is a 2016 Ruth Lilly/Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellow. He holds fellowships from CantoMundo, Colgate University (Olive B. O’Connor), MacDowell, Macondo, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Yaddo. In 2016, Barnes and Noble granted him the Writers for Writers Award for his work in the Undocupoets Campaign.
René Vaz is a Bay Area writer. He curates the reading series Voz Sin Tinta and Uptown Fridays. He is a lecturer at San Francisco State University for the Latino Studies department and is committed to providing space for POC/ marginalized voices. He holds an M.A. and M.F.A. in English and Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. The Planet of the Dead is his debut book.