Our Second night, we get deep and rock the mic!


Hi everyone, been busy back to back with work, planning gigs, getting ready for gigs and rehearsal, to post about last Saturday. I finally got a little change to catch my breath, and I am still walking on Latino Sunshine from how incredibly well our show went!Baruch infront The second installment of this three day festival, ¿DONDE ESTA MI GENTE? at Magnet in the Castro, was packed, the poetas were on fire, they delved deep, made us laugh and cry, and we could not have hoped for a better night.

We are so grateful to Magnet. I have to take a moment and talk about how special they are. I’ve been going to Magnet for a long time, not just cause I’m a gay man that needs a free clinic to make sure I’m up to date on everything and taking care of myself, but because they are a center for community art and performance. Magnet is where I have met a lot of my artist friends, Kirk Read, Larry-bob, Philip Huang, the sexy boys from Orchid and Hound. I’m so grateful that Magnet opened up their space for an event like this, and made space for  a show that focused on all types of Latinos. From the get go, they were excited about us, especially the handsome Jared Hemming, who was helpful every step of the way. The Crowd April 12th 2014

We filled all the seats pretty fast. People just kept coming in and coming in, at point in the show I had to ask folks to squeeze in and move to the other side of the clinic, the show was packed! So happy and grateful for that. We had 7 poets on the line up, and each one gave so much. Even my father read a poem. My father and my mother are both writers. Growing up, they were the first poets I met, and the first people to influence me artistically. My father had not read a poem at a mic, since, I guess, the 70s, but I talked him into reading his new poem and he said it was a great experience. The Host Baruuuuch april 2014

I brought coffee from Peet’s Coffee, who were generous enough to donate some coffee to our show! Showing that the Castro Peet’s supports their Latino community, coffee and poetry go very well together!

Gabriel Cortez did a sacrificial poem, and got the night started. Then Estela de la Cruz performed, followed by Dylan Amaro Mcintyre, Maya Chinchilla, Kay Nilsson did a special guest piece, Leo Bryant, Fish Vargas, then Jaime Cortez and we ended the night with the legendary Avotcja. This set of pictures were taken by Carrie Gocker, our graphic designer.

DEMg April 12th Estela DEMG 12th Gabriel Cortez KayNilsson DEMG 2014 at Magnet DemG april 12th my dad, and me. Dylan Amarao April 12th DEMG Estela de la CRuz at Magnet 2014 My father Jose Porras at DEMG 2014DemG Leo Bryant April 12th, 2014

Blythe Baldwin, cohost of The San Francisco Queer Open Mic was in the audience and took these sweet pics!

Avotcja! April 12thThe Host, Program Director, Writer of Poems.Maya DEMG 2014Jaime Cortez April 12th, 2014Leo BryantDylan DEMG April 12, 2014

We are so grateful to everyone that came, and everyone that donated at the show which helped us pay the poets for their work. Pay your poets, people!

We cannot wait for this Saturday, come join us for the final installment of ¿DONDE ESTA MI GENTE?! Which will be at Galería de la Raza, April 19th, 7:30pm, 15 dollars online to reserve a seat, 10 to 20 sliding scale at the door.

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Sneak Peek! With Estela de la Cruz!


Tonight is the night folks, come to the show at Magnet in the Castro, it starts at 7:30, doors open at 7, I think, the show is FREE, what more could you ask for? Want a little sneak peek? Check out this video, our next installment of the video series, with Estela de la Cruz, who will be joining us tonight at the show! Each poet that we have interviewed has touched our hearts, Estela’s work is unique and on fire, we were super happy to interview her and inspired by her story, and she’s pretty badass. Check it out, see you tonight, share with all your friends.

¿Dónde Esta Mi Gente?


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!