Hittin’ The Streets!

Today was a great day, gente! I walked around all over the city putting post card stacks on places and leaving posters with people at stores. I tried to be as nice as I could, but I could tell the workers were tired, had this “dafuckisthisshit?” look on their faces. I wanted to hug them and say, “Me too, I feel you, been up since 5 am, just please, please don’t throw this poster away.” but I knew that is the last thing they wanted. The rain was going crazy but I got some posters printed! My mission was to hand out as many postcards as I could, and make it to Books Inc on Market(our venue on the 5th!) before they closed, having the posters in my hands felt gooooood.

10169190_10151939774446086_1568549019_nI tried to give as many people as I could on the street (when I encountered dry parts) post cards for the show and tried to tell people who seemed like they were nice, though some folks were very hesitant to take a card. 

Things I was told when trying to tell people about the show. 1. What kindadamn fool tries to promote a poetry show in the rain? My response -the show is this Saturday, I have no choice! Take this postcard!!! 2. Poetry?….Ew…. My response -You are so handsome. 3. People don’t want poetry on a Saturday night, they wanna get laid! My response -Hahaha, yes, but maybe they’ll meet someone at the show, or the poetry will inspire them to go get their groove on, I have faith in my people (the gays and the latinos and the queers) that this show is going to be great! TAKE A POST CARD!20140401_200830

When I finally got to Books Inc, they were more than happy to take the posters. I’m so grateful for them and for their support of their literary community. It was nice to see them so prepared not just for our show but for National Poetry Month. Check out this shiny new collection of poems and they got the Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguía’s book there, ready for our event! So grateful. While I was there it was very inspiring to see the huge poetry section by gay and queer writers. I saw some friends, some folks I know, saw the Divining Divas book there and thought of Michael, and James, and Regie and all the folks that have inspired me and supported me. And of course like a true selfcentered writer, I tried to picture my book among the others as well….sigh…someday. A boy can dream…till then I know you are all planning on going to the show! ¿Donde Esta Mi Gente? is coming!

20140401_200531Of course I wanted to buy all the books, but I’m working odd jobs here and there and making a tiny tiny paycheck at the coffee shop, so I was not able to buy any books, but, if I had money, I would buy this book. Can’t wait to read it when I can, it is on my list of things I wanna read. So grateful for all the homo writers doing their thing.

By the end  all the shops and stores that would put up the poster, closed. It seemed like the Castro suddenly got covered with tired uninterested young bitter gay men. The rain got harder and I got chubbytired, so I ended the day, the way a bigboy should, WITH ICECREAM, nenas! Drenched in rain, I ate smiling because I handed out a ton of postcards and told strangers about the show, about poetry, why it is important, and why Latino writers are important. So many people didn’t know that the Poet Laureate of San Francisco right now, is Latino. Surrounded by very tired angry gay boys who were all cute, but none of them were smiling, I destroyed that icecream cone! 20140401_203443The first show is this Saturday at Books Inc. On Market at 7:30pm, it is FREE! If you wanna help out with the festival, watch this video below and SUPPORT! Coperacha! Coperacha!

 

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¿Dónde Esta Mi Gente?

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This show, this website, this festival, is hopefully going to answer that very question. Hi folks! My name is Baruch Porras-Hernandez, I am a writer performer based in San Francisco. For the past 10 years I’ve been working as an actor, performance artist, writer, performance poet, I’ve been in slams, featured all over the place, performed in D.C., Canada, Queer Slams, Poetry Cabarets, but in that whole time I had not experience a lineup of Latino writers until I stepped into the Lunada Literary Lounge and Open Mic at Galería de la Raza. Sandra García Rivera and the folks at Galería changed my life. I realized I had never been in a space full of Latino artists like me, or encountered a Latino focused event. The Lunada, and Galería de la Raza opened its arms to me and was like, “We’re right here, bienvenido.” and I felt like I was home. So I decided to continue that feeling, help Galería continue their mission of supporting and promoting the incredible work of Latino Artists in the Bay Area with this poetry festival ¿DONDE ESTA MI GENTE?

The title is a question because for the longest time, while I was trying to keep my head above water in a whiteartist world (no shade, LOVE my white artist friends) I kept asking that question, ¿Dónde esta mi gente? I didn’t know about Galería, I didn’t know about the Lunadas and how important they are. In a city like San Francisco, chop full of all sorts of Latinos we don’t even have a Latino Theatre Company, which is why Galería is so important. Which this festival I hope to create more buzz, more focus for Latino writers, (not that they need it, my fellow Latinos work it! And they shine!) but to also bring it out to the rest of the city, not just the Mission, the first show will be on Market street, near that Church and Market area in an awesome bookstore that supports the literary community Books Inc.! The second show will be in the heat of the Castro, at Magnet on 18th, right across the street from Badlands, haha. And the last show with the biggest line up will be at one of the best spots in the whole city, Galería de la Raza, for one big fundraising party.

I hope you join me, and the other 22 escritores, poetas, artistas in celebrating the Latino voice and come enjoy poetry each night by a great line up of fantastic writers.

3 shows! 3 different increible line ups, 1 city!

Check out the Participating artist page to find out more about the writers!

Go to our shows page to find the when, where and what time of each show!

Go to our Facebook page, and join our community https://www.facebook.com/dondeestamigente

Go to our Facebook invite, and help us spread the word! https://www.facebook.com/events/713449205366448/

Stay tuned for more info! And some awesome videos to come!