2010s · Poetry

The Congregation (at Open Mic)

I attend church on Thursday nights
we buy coffee or tea sit in hard chairs or stools
we come like my hippie parents
in blue jeans and tennis shoes

there is no preacher but we all pray
one at a time we stand at the pulpit
with guitars and poems, notepads and piano keys
we pray to each other

we say, I have loved–I have hated
I have sinned–I have enjoyed it
I have hurt–I have broken
I have lied–I have told truth

we sing it loud–we sing it quiet
we come to heal here with our hearts open
we hold out our souls up high to God
we are ugly–we are beautiful

we take turns–we hear each other pray
and we mean it–we need to believe it
we clap and say amen or know we have felt it
right down there where all the truth lies

I feel it all here– all God’s creation
the young and the old–we all come as we are
I come to pray here with my eyes open
I feel God here as real as any congregation

First published in Long Beach Underground.

Events · Special Projects

THE TABLE presents Creating, Nurturing, Sustaining :: a reading and conversation

On Sunday, January 21st, from 3-5 pm, I will be participating in an event hosted by Karineh Mahdessian & Jessica Ceballos y Campbell & co-hosted by Angelina Sáenz.

“Creating, Nurturing, Sustaining:: a reading and conversation” invites creators, producers, curators, hosts, and supporters of readings across the Los Ángeles literaryscape to read their work, as not only hosts/creators/supporters, but as artists who contribute to the landscape in more ways than one. The reading will be followed by a panel discussion on what it means to create (readings, lit events), and how we grow community around these events (equity in promotion, investing in community capital), and how we sustain that community (publishing, relationships, self-care).

Angelina Sáenz
Art Currim
Audrey Kuo
Brian Dunlap
Cynthia Alessandra Briano
Elmast Kozloyan
Eric Contreras
Jess Castillo
Jessica Wilson Cardenas
Kelly Grace Thomas
liz gonzález
Luis Antonio Pichardo
Mike Sonksen
Natalie Patterson
Sarah Thursday
Wyatt Underwood
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THE TABLE Reading Series is a collection of twelve reading events executive produced by Natashia Deón, and in partnership with The Hollywood Hotel, with a mission to engage the next generation of writers and readers and fans of the arts by giving them a seat at the table; to help them to be actively engaged in the writing community by training them, giving them a space to begin, help them to reach new or estranged writers in Los Angeles, and to provide fresh outlets for writers and fans to engage and contribute to the vibrancy of the Los Angeles literary community. More info can be found at www.tablelit.com

Hollywood Hotel

1160 North Vermont Avenue in the big ballroom located on the ground floor. 

Los Angeles, CA 90029

Events · Feature Readings

Showchella-Polooza August 2016!

Showchella

One thing I love as much as poetry, music, and art: community! On Saturday, August 20th, I am honored to be included in this amazing FREE community event that is showcasing local talent right in Long Beach. I get to share a stage with these talented people I also get to call friends. It’s an outdoor family-friendly event that begins at 12:30 and continues to 6:30, located at the Bandshell in Recreation Park off 7th and Park Ave. Check out the Facebook event page for event more details.

Events · Feature Readings

Indiegogo for Gutters & Alleyways

Nancy Lynee Woo and I have been working on an exciting project called Gutters & Alleyways: Perspectives on Poverty and Struggle and it’s getting closer to being complete. It’s part of Lucid Moose Lit, which is dedicated to social justice issues. We have a release date of September 28th to coincide with the 100 Thousand Poets for Change global event. It includes over 80 contributors from all over. There are a lot of expenses involved with this project, the greatest of which is printing and shipping over 80 contributors copies. We started an Indiegogo campaign to help with some of the costs and if anyone is interested, please take a minute to check it out!
Click on the Indiegogo link here or copy and paste this: http://igg.me/at/LucidMooseLit

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