Napa Valley Writers, in conjunction with Xulio Soriano, a local socio-ecological justice activist and poet, will host NVW's first Spanish-English bilingual Open Mic with Chocolate! The evening will feature local and regional bilingual and indigenous language poets.
In Mexico and other Latin American countries, countries that speak Spanish and hundreds of indigenous languages, Hispanic Valentine’s Day is celebrated as a day of love AND friendship. In the U.S. the celebration focuses on romantic love. We encourage you to dig into and expand upon the meaning of love; all prose and poetry is welcome. What kind of love do you share with your romantic partner? Is your call for love along the lines of Martin Luther King’s calling for love and justice to be brought to the streets? Is love memory and recalling our ancestors? Latin American poet Eduardo Galleano tells us that “Recordar” (re-cardio), to remember something in Spanish, means to “run again through the heart”.
All original work is welcome, and attendees may read up to five minutes. Yummy treats will be offered, along with great company. As an added bonus we are offering the standard $5 member cover to non-members. Doors open at 6:30pm. Event is from 7pm-9pm at Napa Valley Unitarian Universalists Church, 1625 Salvador Ave, Napa, CA 94558.
Please join us in reading your original work alongside our featured poets for this special Valentine's Day event: Blanca Huijon, Gervacio Peña López, Laura López Ledesma, Karla Gómez-Pelayo, Graciela Rodríguez García, Charlie Toledo, Kevin Valdovinos, Gary Silva, and Xulio Soriano.
Napa Valley Writers, a branch of the California Writers Club, holds monthly meetings the 2nd Wednesday of each month. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or see napavalleywriters.net. Always open to the public.
NVW fosters professionalism in writing, promotes networking of writers within the Napa Valley writing community, mentors new writers, and provides literary support for writers and the writing community through education, networking, and leadership.