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Philippine American Writers and Artists blog for lit/arts events, reviews, news, and opportunities.

04/06/2012: Javier O. Huerta and Tina Bartolome at Lunada (SF)


FB event page is here. LUNADA at Galeria de la Raza Spoken Word * Música * Open Mic

April’s LUNADA, entitled "Letters, Tags, and the Living Word," features two Bay Area writers of academic, literary, and street credentials: JAVIER O. HUERTA, and TINA BARTOLOME. Through their poems and stories of immigration, love, and graffiti, these writers of diverse cultural, and stylistic, backgrounds paint pictures, give voice, to underrepresented communities in the Bay Area and beyond. In addition, the tradition of a soulful, bilingual, lunar-inspired Open Mic, promises to make this month’s LUNADA worthy of the season from which it has sprung.

LUNADA ~ Literary Lounge & Open Mic Friday, April 6th, 2012 | 7:30 pm Featuring: ~ JAVIER O. HUERTA ~ TINA BARTOLOME ~ SANDRA GARCIA RIVERA Host & Curator ~ OPEN MIC: Sign up at 7:15pm

$5 Admission FREE with food dish to share, or with Galería membership.

Held every month, on the night of the full moon, Galeria de la Raza’s LUNADA series is a community gathering where stories, food, songs, and spirit are shared. For over a decade, Lunada has been the Bay Area’s only full moon bilingual literary ritual & performance gathering. 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.

GALERIA DE LA RAZA 2857 24th Street, (at Bryant in the Mission) San Francisco, CA 94110



Tina Bartolome is a San Francisco native and daughter of immigrants from the Philippines and Switzerland. She just received an MFA in Creative Writing from Indiana University and her work is included in the anthology Walang Hiya: Literature Taking Risks Toward Liberatory Practice (2010). Over the past ten years, she has written for the page, stage and screen with Bay Area organizations such as as the Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project, Bindlestiff Studio, KulArts, Intersection for the Arts, Kearny Street Workshop and Kreatibo. Her solidarity with people’s struggles for self-determination has taken her to the Philippines, Cuba and Guåhan (Guam) with a steady commitment to return to working class neighborhoods in San Francisco and Oakland and facilitate radical spaces for young people to develop leadership and artistic voice for making social change. She is equal parts dialectic materialist, astrologist, pedestrian and dancehall queen. Visit her blog at

Javier O. Huerta is a Mexican-American and Chicano poet. His first book Some Clarifications y otros poemas (Arte Publico 2007) was awarded the Chicano/Latino Literary Prize from the University of California at Irvine. Huerta was born in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico and immigrated to the United States with his mother and younger brother, crossing the Rio Grande river (Rio Bravo) in 1981. In 1986, he gained legal residency under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 and became a US citizen in January 2000 after serving four years in the United States Navy. As of 2012, he resides in the Bay Area, California. Huerta also studies the laughter of poetry in the English PhD program at the University of California at Berkeley, where he teaches the following courses, "Politics and Poetics of Refusal," "Documents and the Literature of the Undocumented," and "Laughter and Literature."

Sandra García Rivera is an award-winning poet and prose writer. Most recently her work has appeared in the anthologies Caribbean Erotic (Peepal Tree Press, Leeds); Breaking Ground: Anthology of Puerto Rican Women Writers in New York 1980-2010; as well as in the Centro Journal; Hostos Review/Revista Hostosiana; Urban Latino Magazine; and Manteca. She has published two chapbooks: Shoulder High, and Divination of the Mistress, and two special editions of her hand-made books That Kiss (Ediciones Mixta, NYC). Poet and chanteuse, she has captured audiences throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, Cuba, Holland and Great Britain with her Nuyorican soul and blues inspired delivery, both as a solo artist, and alongside musical legends. She recently earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, from Antioch University in Los Angeles, with a mission of social justice as the artist's role in society.