Accentos de la Bahia, Accents of the Bay

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8:30 - 9:30 pm

Presented by CantoMundo

The CantoMundo Fellowship’s vision is to develop, sustain, and support a diverse community of Xican@ poets from different backgrounds, ethnicities, and sexualities. Nuestras voces son fuertes! Featuring Javier Zamora, Angel Garcia, Leticia Hernández-Linares, Ruben Quesada, Oscar Bermeo, Manuel Paul López, Raina Léon, and Lauro Vasquez.

Javier Zamora is the author of Nueve Años Inmigrantes, winner of the Organic Weapon Arts 2011 chapbook contest. His poetry has appeared in NewBorder, Spillway, and Phat’titude.

Angel Garcia has worked in education as a tutor, residential advisor, instructor, and coordinator for an educational non-profit in El Monte, CA. Angel is currently completing his first collection of poetry.

Leticia Hernández-Linares has performed her poemsongs throughout the country and in El Salvador for over a decade. Since 1995, she’s lived, worked, and written in the Mission District. ciguanabaink.com

Ruben Quesada is the author of Next Extinct Mammal. His poetry has appeared in American Poetry Review, Third Coast, Rattle, and Southern California Review. rubenquesada.com

Oscar Bermeo makes his home in Oakland with his wife, poeta Barbara Jane Reyes, where they co-edit Doveglion Press. He is the author of Anywhere Avenue, Palimpsest, Heaven Below, and To the Break of Dawn. oscarbermeo.com

Manuel Paul López was born and raised in the U.S.-Mexican border region of El Centro, CA. He is the author of Death of a Mexican and Other Poems and 1984.

Raina J. Leon has authored two collections of poetry, Canticle of Idols and Boogeyman Dawn. She co-founded The Acentos Review.

Lauro Vazquez grew up Santa Rosa. He is a CantoMundo fellow and an M.F.A. candidate in poetry at the University of Notre Dame’s Creative Writing program.

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