Please join Mission17 Gallery & BARGE at a special reading held in conjunction with the exhibit “17 Reasons Why,” an ongoing residency exploring the cultural politics of the Mission district, hosted by David Buuck & BARGE. Featuring the important Mission District writers Alejandro Murguía, Lorna Dee Cervantes, and Michelle Tea. Come for prose, poetry, & conversation — hope to see you there!
Alejandro Murguia is a two-time winner of the American Book Award, most recently (August, 2003) for This War Called Love: Nine Stories (City Lights Books). His memoir The Medicine of Memory: A Mexica Clan in California (University of Texas Press), has been nominated for the Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing. His past books include Southern Front (American Book Award winner in 1992) and Volcan, Poetry from Central America. He was a founding member and the first director of the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. He also co-founded the Pocho-Che collective as well as the Roque Dalton Cultural Brigade, and was active in the Mission District tropicalismo movement as well as the Nicaraguan Insurrection. He currently teaches at San Francisco State University.
Lorna Dee Cervantes’ first book, Emplumada, won the 1981 American Book Award, and was followed by From the Cables of Genocide: Poems on Love and Hunger, which won both the Paterson Prize and a Latino Literature Award, and the Pulitzer Prize-nominated DRIVE: The First Quartet. She was the founder of the important Chicano literary journal Mango, and co-editor of Red Dirt. After many years teaching at UC-Boulder, she is now back in the place of her birth, San Francisco’s Mission District.
Michelle Tea’s books include the novels Rose of No Man’s Land, Valencia, and The Passionate Mistakes and Intricate Corruption of One Girl in America, the memoir The Chelsea Whistle, a collected poems (The Beautiful), and the graphic memoir Rent Girl (with Lauren McCubbin). She was the co-founder of the Sister Spit spoken word tour & has toured with the Sex Workers’ Art Show. She has curated and edited many important reading series and anthologies, and writes for The Believer and The Bay Guardian.
Saturday May 9, 4-6 pm
2111 Mission Street @ 17th, 4th Floor