Saturday, April 29 @ 8 pm
Hosted by Shihan Van Clief
Join us for our annual Inkslam! 12 of the best poets from around the country compete for a chance to win their share of $1500 in prizes!
Don’t miss this revamped and refreshed LA revival of Alex Alpharoah’s Spoken Word play in the form of an Epic Poem. The stories are about the circumstances and struggles of 8 heroic denizens that inhabit the city of Los Angeles. Combining meter, prose, and free verse, the play explores various stories throughout the metropolis – by a rail station or a bus stop – words are shared about love, loss, compromise, and ultimately, how people face and live with the decisions that shape their lives.
Alex Alpharoah as Gabriel “Gee” Moses
Brenda Covarrubias as Grace Moraless
Luis Kelly-Duarte as Lonnie Santos
Alana Duvernay as Karen Santos
Steve Lopez as Steve Moraless
Andrea MaGee as Carol Lockhart
Jean Murillo as Tina Martin
Tommy Nguyen as Angel Rudman
Graciela Rodriguez as Elaine Martin
Stage Manager: Mat Belnas
Sound Designer: Jose Fraire
Lighting Designer: Leihua Hartley
Featuring original music from ECHO
The poem SHOOT is performed with permission from the author, Eddy M. Gana, of Steady, writesteady.com
Noun. The alchemy that occurs when bad ass women of color come together and set shit aflame.
Together as Chingona Fire (a Latina feminist poetry collective), they curate monthly poetry events for women of color, featuring women of color and produced solely by women of color. It is their mission to create space and visibility for our community we have grown to call The Chingonas.
Come, join us in setting the world aflame.
Angela Aguirre is a Los Angeles based poet and teaching artist who enjoys utilizing her creativity in meaningful ways. A teacher by nature, she has a talent for working with teens. She is best at recognizing “teaching moments” and using them to cultivate dialogue that encourages them to explore their thoughts and feelings through writing.
Yesika Salgado is a Los Angeles based Salvadoran poet who writes about her family, her culture, her city and her brown body. Yesika has shared her work in venues and campuses throughout the country. In 2013 she published her first collection of poetry titled The Luna poems. She is a member of the 2014 and 2016 Da Poetry Lounge Slam Team and placed top 10 in the nation both years. Her work has been featured in Latina Magazine, Univision, Vibe Magazine, Neon Magazine, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and many other digital platforms. She is the Co-founder of the Latina feminist collective Chingona Fire, a Huffington Post contributor and recently released her second collection of poetry titled WOES.
Featuring Alyesha Wise and Aman Batra
Our Mic presents:
the people who come.
the lives in their art.
and the lady that holds down the night.
*built in The Great Company
*part of the 1st Annual L.A. Get Down Festival (formerly inkSlam)
*join the cast & crew afterwards at Seoul Sausage Company in little tokyo
PURCHASE YOUR PRESALE TICKETS NOW!
$30 VIP (limited availability)
Includes reserved seating of the best spots in the house, an Our Mic limited edition pin (only 100 made, retails $15), and a copy of the director Arianna Lady Basco’s book “Palms Up” (retails $15).
$10 general admission
$15 at the door
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY:
ARIANNA LADY BASCO
Cassy F. Hwang
Bridging The Gap: Legendary Poets
Saturday 4/22 @ 8pm
featuring Luis Rodriguez, LA Poet Laureate and Kamau Daáood, Co-founder of The World Stage
Hosted by Food 4 Thot
The lives of two poetic visionaries are put on display in an intimate setting and discussed. This show will consist of poems, stories and a brief Q&A session.
Luis J. Rodriguez is a novelist/memoirist/short story/children’s book writer as well as a community & urban peace activist, mentor, healer, youth & arts advocate, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He has 15 books in all genres, including the best-selling memoir, “Always Running, La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A.” His latest memoir is the sequel, “It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing.” His latest poetry book is “Borrowed Bones” from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press. Luis is founding editor of Tia Chucha Press, now in its 28th year, and co-founder/president of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. And he’s co-convener of the Network for Revolutionary Change. For Luis poetry is soul talk, a prophetic act, a powerful means to enlarge one’s presence in the world.
A mythic figure in the Southern California arts scene, Kamau Daáood is a performance poet, educator and community arts activist who is widely acknowledged as a major driving force behind Los Angeles’ black cultural renaissance. “I am a devout artist, a poet. I have honed my skills in small community arts venues. I have witnessed the power of the arts as a vehicle for self-discovery, revelation, inspiration and healing. Words, sounds, shapes, colors and movement used to build bridges of understanding between human hearts. Art is a higher language beyond our native tongues. It is the light that cuts through dogma and spiritualizes our moments and grounds us in the sacredness of time.”
The founders share stories and poems from the 19 years of Da Poetry Lounge.
Ink’d Out: Stories from the LGBT Community
Thursday 4/20/17 @ 8 pm
Hosted by Yosimar Reyes
Yosimar Reyes is a nationally acclaimed poet, educator, performance artist and public speaker. Born in Guerreo, Mexico and raised in Eastside San Jose Reyes explores the themes of migration and sexuality in his work. His first collection of poetry, “For Colored Boys Who Speak Softly…” was self published after a collaboration with the legendary Carlos Santana. He was featured in the Documentary, 2nd Verse: The Rebirth of Poetry. Reyes has toured and presented in University campuses all over the United States. He is the co-founder of performance ensemble, La Maricolectiva, a community based performance group of queer undocumented poets. Reyes’ work has been published in various online journals as well as Mariposas: An anthology of Queer Modern Latino Poetry (Floricanto Press), Queer in Aztlán: Chicano Male Recollections of Consciousness and Coming Out (Cognella Press) and the forthcoming Joto: An Anthology of Queer Xicano & Chicano Poetry (Kórima Press) Reyes holds a B.A in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and is an Arts Fellow at Define American, an organization founded by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas(DefineAmerican.Com)
Reyes is currently working on his one man show with Guerrilla Rep Theater to premier in the near future.
Born in El Sereno, California in 1981, Matt Sedillo writes from the vantage point of a second generation Chicano born in an era of diminishing opportunities and a crumbling economy. His writing – a fearless, challenging and at times even confrontational blend of humor, history and political theory – is a reflection of those realities. The poetry of Matt Sedillo is in turn a shot in the arm of pure revolutionary adrenaline and at others a sobering call for the fundamental restructuring of society in the interest of people not profits. Passionate, analytical, humorous and above all sincere, a revolutionary poet fortunate enough to be living in interesting times, the artistry of Matt Sedillo is a clarion call for all those who know a new world is not only possible but inevitable.
Featuring a Venue Showcase from A Mic and Dim Lights
544 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
FREE PARKING in the lot
adjacent to the theatre
Box Office: (323) 673-0544