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Anfitrionas: Reading & Discussion with Latinx Poets of Southern California

April 8 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

An in-person poetry reading and conversation with Latinx poets, publishers, and curators.

Join us for a reading and panel discussion with six poets and literary organizers of the literary community in Southern California. The panelists include Latinx leaders in arts organizations, independent bookstore owners, readings & open mic curators, and publishers who are actively creating spaces for artists and writers of color. Along with readings of their own work, the panelists will engage in a conversation that explores the challenges of building a local literary community in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and offer insights into how their personal work intersects to serve a diversity of audiences and build a sustainable future for literary spaces. “Anfitrionas” will be hosted by Venezuelan author Lisbeth Coiman.

Free & in-person at Beyond Baroque. All attendees must show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination and an ID. Masks are required.

Reservation Policy: Please RSVP if you are planning to attend this event. We accept walk-ins, but priority will be given to people that have registered. Since this event is free of charge it is our policy to overbook. In the case of a full program, your free ticket may not guarantee admission. We recommend arriving early. Standby tickets will be released fifteen minutes prior to each program.

About the Authors

Lisbeth Coiman is a bilingual poet and educator, and a native Spanish speaker. She has a Masters in Education and over 25 years experience teaching both English as a Second Language and Spanish to children and adults in different settings. Her debut book, I Asked the Blue Heron: A Memoir (Independently published in 2017) narrates her immigration journey. Her first bilingual poetry collection, Uprising / Alzamiento, published by Finishing Line Press in 2021, brings attention to the unprecedented humanitarian crisis in her homeland. An avid reader, Coiman enjoys writing book reviews for the New York Journal of Books. She is an active member of several writing communities, Women Who Submit, the Community Literature Initiative, and the Wayward Writers. In her free time, Coiman dances salsa and hikes the trails in and around Los Angeles, CA.

​​Sarah Rafael Garcia is an author, community educator and performance ethnographer. As a child of immigrants and first-generation graduate, she has over 15 years of experience as an Arts Leader in OC. She’s the founder of Barrio Writers, LibroMobile and Crear Studio — all art programs initiated as a response to build cultural relevance and equity for BIPOC folks in her community. As of 2020, her community projects collectively established the LibroMobile Arts Cooperative (LMAC). She’s the author of Las Niñas, SanTana’s Fairy Tales and co-editor of pariahs and Speculative Fiction for Dreamers. Her poetry, essays and fiction has been published in various publications.

Lucy Rodriguez-Hanley is a Dominican American non-fiction writer and filmmaker. Her work is featured in Gathering: A Women Who Submit Anthology and is forthcoming in The Washington Heights Memoir Project and HarperVia’s Somewhere We Are Human: Authentic Voices on Migration, Survival, and New Beginnings edited by Reyna Grande and Sonia Guiñansaca. Lucy is the Chapters Liaison for Women Who Submit and leads the Long Beach chapter of the organization.

Cynthia Alessandra Briano is Director of the Rapp Saloon Reading Series and Founder of LoveOn Demand Global. She is the daughter of Mexican immigrants and grew up in Southeast L.A. She left home at 14 to attend boarding school in Massachusetts. Cynthia earned a B.A. from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and a Master in Fine Arts in Poetry from University of California Riverside. Cynthia teaches at Cal. State University Fullerton in the African American Studies Department as part of the Ethnic Studies Program. She has been recipient of the Lois Morrell & J. Russell Hayes Poetry Prize and finalist in the James Hearst Poetry Prize. Connect with her at: @CynthiaABriano @RappSaloon @LoveOnDemandGlobal.

Jessica M. Wilson Cárdenas is a Chicana Poet born in East Los Angeles, CA. She is a 3rd generation Beatnik… a Beat Poet from the lines of Jack Spicer to Paul Vangelisti, and the heartbeat of the visual Muse and Master Poet, Maurya Simon. She completed her BA in Creative Writing and Art History from UC Riverside in Riverside, CA, and obtained her Master of Fine Arts from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, CA. In 2009 she founded the Los Angeles Poet Society and began a network of literary events and open mics such as: Writers’ Row: The DTLA Artwalk’s Showcase of the Written Art, SoapBox Poets Open Mic, Salon @ NoHo, Gallery 19, LAPS Presents on Full Spectrum, and Writer Wednesday. She teaches poetry with California Poets in the Schools, the oldest non-profit dedicated to the empowerment of our youth in CA. Jessica is currently an English teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District. Her books of poetry include: What Breathes, Raw Kit, Marie Morrison, and most recently, Serious Longing, published by Swan World Press in Paris, France. Jessica is an International Poet!

Angelina Sáenz M. Ed, MFA is an award-winning public-school teacher and poet whose work focuses on memory, mujeres and motherhood. She is a UCLA Writing Project fellow, an alumna of the VONA/Voices Workshop for Writers of Color and a Macondo Writer’s Workshop Fellow. Her poetry has appeared in venues such as Diálogo, Split this Rock, Out of Anonymity, Angels Flight Literary West, Every Other, Cockpit Revue Paris and The Acentos Review. She is the host of the monthly poetry reading La Palabra at Avenue 50 Studio in Northeast Los Angeles. Her debut book of poetry Edgecliff was released in December of 2021 with FlowerSong Press.

Davina A. Ferreira: Davina was born in Miami but grew up in Colombia. She is the quintessential symbol of the immigrant’s American Dream. Upon arriving in the U.S. Ferreira attended college, receiving a B.A. in Fine Arts from UC Irvine and worked as an actress with the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts. Later on, she attended The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London (RADA) to pursue classical acting. Ferreira then completed a Journalism Certificate at UCLA Extension and began a career in journalism, which led her to launch ALEGRÍA Magazine. She then wrote her first book, Take Me With You/Llévame Contigo, a bilingual compilation of short stories and poems of love. Her book, Finding My ALEGRIA is an inspirational memoir, which she hopes will motivate young entrepreneurs around the world to pursue their dreams regardless of their circumstances. If Love had a Name is her first poetry collection in English, winner of The Juan Herrera Best Poetry book award at The International Latino Book Festival. Her latest book Libre is a micropoetry collection in Spanish.


Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center
681 Venice Blvd, Venice Beach
Los Angeles, CA 90291 United States

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