The 2nd Annual Poetry (Luchadores!) Battle of ALL of the Sexes on Valentines Day

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[Barb and I will be here on Saturday as competing lucha poetas. I seriously have no idea what poems I will be reading that night. In fact, the main reason I’m doing it is so I can get me a lucha mask. Ok, that and Poor Magazine is a great org to support but it is all about the lucha mask.

If I had my way, I’d also brush up on some wrestling moves to really put on a show. I’m thinking I’d love to bust out a Shining Wizard, Emerald Fusion, or Kryptonite Krunch but that would be a bit too much. Given the chance, I will bust out a Stone Cold Stunner, Von Erich Claw or a Cobra Clutch.

If you have even half an inkling of what I’m talking about or very curious to find out, you should come check it out this Saturday.]

The 2nd Annual Poetry (Luchadores!) Battle of ALL of the Sexes on Valentines Day
Where: Sub-mission (formerly Balazo) 2183 Mission street @18th st/SF
When: 7:00 pm February 14th ( after party with DJ begins at 11:00)
To sign up as a contender call: 415-863-6306
(en espanol) 323-304-9084
Or email:

Valentines Day Poetry Luchadores/Wrestling Battle of ALL of the Sexes!

Your favorite revolutionary poets, media-makers, poverty scholars and cultural workers at POOR Magazine Mash-up Poetry, Gender and Wrestling for The 2nd Annual Poetry (Luchadores!) Battle of ALL of the Sexes.

The 2009 Poetry Luchadores Battle will feature famoso luchador/wrestling poetry battles such as The Poverty Pimp vs. the welfareQUEEN, The Black Cripple vs The Govenator and The Poverty Skolah vs The Akademik!

Emcee/Referree: Javier Reyes from Colored Ink aka The Ref

Featuring undefeated champ and co-founder of POOR Magazine, Tiny Gray-Garcia aka The welfareQUEEN (author of Criminal of Poverty: Growing Up Homeless in America, one of the SF Chronicles picks for Top Memoirs of 2007), Tony Robles, aka the Revolutionary Worker Scholar, co-editor of POOR Magazine and author of Lakas and the Makibaka Hotel,(Childrens Book Press). Also Featuring 1st prize winner of 2009: Queennandi aka SuperbabyMama (author of Life, Struggle and Reflection on POOR Press) 2nd prize winner of 2008: Leroy Moore aka The Black Kripple, founder of KRIP HOP and columnist of Illn n Chillin on POOR Magazine, James Tracy from Civil Defense Poetry, Poet, Mama Scholar and welfareQUEEN, Jewnbug, and other members of The Po’Poets Projekt and many more..

Judges: AL Robles, Three time Golden Gloves Boxing Champion Paris Alexander, and Ananda Esteva-and more TBA

On a day normally equated with cutesy hallmark cards, flowers and candy, challenge your partner (or future partner) to a Wrestling battle of spoken word, hip hop, poetry and/or flowetry in the ring! Singles welcome. If you dont have a partner, we will hook you up. Come with a Luchador/Wrestling Persona ( and mask) or we will create one for you!

The first, second, and third place poems will be published in The San Francisco Bay Guardian, THe SF Bayview and POOR/PNN Magazine online. Entrance fee to fight in the ring is$20; spectator fee is $10 (no one turned away for lack of funds).

All proceeds go to support POOR Magazine, a non-profit, grassroots, arts organization dedicated to providing revolutionary media access, arts education and advocacy to communities struggling with poverty and racism locally and globally.

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