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Dia de los Muertos
Poetry Event

October 29, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Dia de los Muertos: Poetry event for Thursday, October 29, 2020. 6:00pm-8:00pm.
Zoom Event hosted by Adela Najarro and Shirley Flores Munoz, Cabrillo College Instructors

Join Dr. Adela Najarro, Lucha Corpi, and members from the writer’s group, Escritores del nuevo sol, for a poetry reading celebrating Día de los muertos, our ancestors, and communities. Sponsored by Pajaro Valley Arts (PVA) who has been successfully carrying out its mission of  “bringing the community together through the arts” since 1984. 

Lucha Corpi is an internationally renowned poet, novelist, essayist and children’s book author.  Her mystery novels and other books include; Death at Solstice: A Gloria Damasco Mystery, Eulogy for a Brown Angel, (available in Spanish as Loa a un ángel de piel morena) Black Widow’s Wardrobe, Cactus Blood, and Crimson Moon. Poetry collections: Palabras de mediodía / Noon Words and Variaciones sobre una tempestad/Variations on a Storm; two picture books for children: The Triple Banana Split Boy / El niño goloso (Piñata Books) and Where Fireflies Dance/Ahí, donde bailan las luciérnagas (Children’s Book Press/Lee and Low pubs, NY).

In her memoir, Confessions of a Book Burner: Personal Essays and Stories, she talks about the pivotal role reading and writing played in her life. Corpi’s numerous awards and citations include a National Endowment for the Arts (poetry) fellowship, Oakland Cultural Arts (narrative) Fellowship, the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Prize in fiction, the Multicultural Publishers Exchange Book Award of Excellence in Adult Fiction, and an International Latino Book Award for her noir fiction. She was a tenured teacher in the Oakland Public Schools Neighborhood Centers Program for over 30 years and resides in Oakland, California.

Adela Najarro is the author of three poetry collections: Split Geography, Twice Told Over and My Childrens, a chapbook that includes teaching resources. With My Childrens she hopes to bring poetry into the classroom so that students can explore creative writing, identity, and what it means to be Latinx in US society. Every spring semester, she teaches a “Poetry for the People,” workshop at Cabrillo College where students explore personal voice and social justice through poetry and spoken word. More information about Adela can be found at her website:

Los Escritores del Nuevo Sol / Writers of the New Sun was founded in Sacramento almost 30 years ago by poets Arturo Mantecon and the late Francisco X. Alarcón. Our vision is: “To free creativity of words using peace, sustainability, and justice as our canvas. Also, to interact, stimulate, and elevate each other as poets and writers.”

Over the years, our group has published two anthologies and hosted innumerable public readings. Many times we have invited well-known Latino writers as guest presenters. Other times we are invited to present our work at community colleges and the State and University College systems, as well as for other groups from Fresno to Nevada City, and in the S.F. Bay area.

Los Escritores provides a welcoming home to newer writers, as well as to those who have been published often. Sadly, over the years, we lost three of our outstanding poet-members: Phil Goldvarg, Jose Montoya, and Francisco X. Alarcón. Francisco’s loss, especially, was felt across the U.S. and around the world, but we have aspired to share with each other the time, knowledge, and inspiration he so generously provided.

We continue our monthly meetings – formerly in La Raza Galeria, then in each other’s homes and, since the start of the coronavirus, via Zoom. We may be physically isolated, but we remain connected in our literary passions. We are honored to be part of this reading.

Dia de los Muertos: Poetry event for Thursday, October 29, 2020. 6:00pm-8:00pm.
Zoom Event hosted by Adela Najarro and Shirley Flores Munoz, Cabrillo College Instructors

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Topic: Shirley Flores Munoz’s Zoom Meeting
Time: Oct 29, 2020 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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October 29, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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