Poet Sandra Garcia Rivera on La Raza Chronicles

Nina Serrano interviews Poet Sandra Garcia Rivera

Photo of Me at Lunada 2.25.13 by Adrian Arias

Sandra Garcia Rivera. Photo by Adrian Arias

On Tuesday October 7th @ 7pm on La Raza Chronicles/94.1, KPFA fm the poet and musician Sandra Garcia Rivera will read her poetry, sing, and discuss the monthly Lunada poetry series which she curates. at the Galeria de la Raza in San Francisco. This multi-talented artist also describes the role in her life of teaching poetry writing to youth.

Sandra Garcia Rivera is an award-winning Nuyorican poet and accomplished vocalist, based in the Bay Area , she holds an MFA in Poetry from Antioch University LA. Sandra began as a poet in the Mission district inspired by the literary work of the legendary Peri Thomas, known as the “flow master” who navigatated between New York/Puerto Rican English and Spanish in a unique spoken word performance style. He later brought this innovative style to the Bay Area and supported women poets like Avotcja and younger poets like Sandra.

Sandra’s musicianship influences her poems with their strong rythmic elements and unique feminist sensibility. Her leadership in the Lunada Lounge Series shines its monthly new moon magic on the San Francsico Mission district. This week, in celebration of the series 15th year, Sandra will be hosting 3 featured poets including Dylan Amaro- Mc Intrye Alejandra Mojica and myself, Nina Serrano.

Sandra is currently working on assembling a new manuscript for publication to include her older and her more recent work . Her developed and maturing bi-coastal beat pulsates in her words. You can hear Sandra both read and sing this Tuesday on La Raza Chronicals, 94.1 fm KPFA. I think you will enjoy it.

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About Nina Serrano

Nina is a well-known, international prize-winning inspirational author and poet. With a focus on Latino history and culture, she is also a playwright, filmmaker, KPFA talk show host, a former Alameda County Arts Commissioner, and a co-founder of the San Francisco Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Oakland Magazine’s “best local poet” in 2010, she is a former director of the San Francisco Poetry in the Schools program and the Bay Area’s Storytellers in the Schools program. A Latina activist for social justice, women’s rights, and the arts, Nina Serrano at 84 remains vitally engaged in inspiring change and exploring her abundant creativity. For more information go to ninaserrano.com or contact her publisher at estuarypress.com. For more detailed information about Nina see About Nina on her website.

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