News and Notes 6/26/19

June 27, 2019

The Unburied: An Indigenous Poetics of Memory and Movement

With Kim Shuck and ire'ne lara silva



Thank you to everyone who came out to Alley Cat Books on 6/20 to join us for “The Unburied: A Poetics of Indigenous Memory and Movement”, with San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck and award-winning, Texas-based poet ire’ne lara silva. silva (flesh to bone, Imaniman: Poets Writing in the Anzaldúan Borderlands) is the co-editor of Imaniman, which featured Shuck’s poetry, but this was the first time the two poets met in person. Shuck and silva read from their latest poetry collections and then held an in-depth discussion about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW), histories of violence, and the role of poetry in memory and healing. The next day, silva hosted a workshop called “Gritos: On Finding the Source of Our Voices”, followed by a reading later that evening with Cynthia Gómez, Tureeda Mikell, and Nazelah Jamison. Both events were held at the Oakland Peace Center.

Queering Cuentos


From May 28-June 13, award-winning spoken word artist Veronica Sandoval, AKA Lady Mariposa, hosted a series of poetry workshops for LGBTQIA+ writers at the McAllen Public Library, called Queering Cuentos. Participating writers met twice a week, with a community event open to the public on Saturdays featuring guest poets, including César De Leon. At the end of the workshop, the group shared their poetry at Luna Coffee House for a community reading.


After being awarded a grant by the Texas-based AKR Foundation, Aunt Lute Books felt very fortunate to work with poets, educators, and artists Emmy Pérez, Veronica Sandoval, and Celeste De Luna for a series of poetry workshops and printmaking workshops based in the Rio Grande Valley. These workshops will culminate in a final book to be published by Aunt Lute Books. A huge thank you to Pérez, Sandoval, and De Luna for all of the amazing work they do to bring art into their communities! We can’t wait to share the creative work from these workshops.

Author Events


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Judy Grahn


August 9: Judy Grahn Public Reading. Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco, CA

Author Updates


Juliana Delgado Lopera

  • New Book release: Fiebre Tropical is available for pre-order! Her first multilingual novel is set for release March 2020


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Rosa Montero

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