Opening Monday, August 8th, from 6:30PM - 8:30PM
La Palabra Series: Noche de Voces en Resistencia: Chican@ Affirmation
Exhibición and Reception featuring work from 18th Street Casa de Cultura’s Xochipilli paper maché class.
Political Poets of the Midwest and the West Read from their Latest Works, Moderated by Jacqueline Serrato, Journalist and Editor-in-chief, South Side Weekly
Open Mic on “Working Class Struggle”
Send submissions of work to be shared (English or Spanish, etc.) (submit political poems no longer than 4 minutes to firstname.lastname@example.org. Works selected will be notified ahead of time for inclusion in the program
Los Angeles poet Matt Sedillo is literary director of the Instituto Cultural Mexicano – Los Angeles. Described as “the best political poet in America” and “the poet laureate of struggle,” he has shared his work widely across the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Cuba, the U.K., Italy and France. His published works include Mowing Leaves of Grass (2019), and City on the Second Floor, (2022) Flowersong Press.
Carlos Cumpián is a Chicagoan originally from Texas. Human Cicada marks his fifth poetry collection: Coyote Sun (March Abrazo Press), Armadillo Charm, and 14 Abriles, as well as the children’s book Latino Rainbow: Poems About Latino Americans (illustrated by Richard Leonard). His poems have appeared in many anthologies, including Emergency Tacos: Seven Poets con Picante, With a Book in Their Hands: Chicano Readers and Readership Across the Centuries, Hecho en Tejas: An Anthology of Texas Mexican Literature, Dream of a Word: The Tia Chucha Press Poetry Anthology, and El Coro: A Chorus of Latino and Latina Poetry. Cumpián is currently working on his “anti-war years” memoir Accidental Rebel: 1968-1976