Audio: CantoMundo 2011 Fellows Reading

CantoMundo 2011

Many thanks to Brenda Nettles Riojas of Corazón Bilingüe for this awesome clip of the CantoMundo 2011 Fellows Reading.

It was a real pleasure co-hosting this event with Amalia Ortiz and presenting the diverse work of all our fellow poetas to a packed house at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center in Austin. Looking forward to hearing the next part of the clip with the rest of the fellows.

For those keeping score at home, you can hear me read “Barry Bonds on the Witness Stand” at the 10:43 mark quickly followed up by Diego Báez doing a cover of my poem, “I’m Jus Askin.”

Photo Credit: The Center for Mexican American Studies

FLORICANTO IN DC: A Multicultural Reading in Response to SB 1070

Join us as over twenty poets lend their energy and language to a group reading in response to Arizona Senate Bill 1070 and in resistance to the atmosphere of national xenophobia under which the bill (and its emerging counterparts) were created.

Confirmed readers include: Francisco X. Alarcon, Tara Betts, Sarah Browning, Regie Cabico, Carmen Calatayud, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Susan Deer Cloud, Martín Espada, Odilia Galvan Rodriguez, Carmen Gimenez Smith, Aracelis Girmay, Randall Horton, Juan Felipe Herrera, Dorianne Laux, Marilyn Nelson, Mark Nowak, Barbara Jane Reyes, Abel Salas, Sonia Sanchez, Craig Santos Perez, Hedy Trevino, Pam Uschuk, Dan Vera, Rich Villar, and Andre Yang.

Co-sponsored and presented by the Acentos Foundation, Split This Rock, and the Poets Responding to SB 1070 Facebook group.

Hosted by Rich Villar.

TIME: Friday, February 4 · 6:00pm – 9:00pm

PLACE: True Reformer Building, 1200 U Street NW, Washington, DC


RSVP: Facebook Event Page

Reading at Bird and Beckett Books and Records

POETS! at Bird & Beckett'sI’ll be reading next Monday at one of San Francisco’s nicest venues: Bird and Beckett’s.  Hope you can come through.

Bird & Beckett Books and Records
featuring Oscar Bermeo and Linda King
plus an Open Mic
Monday, June 21st, 7:00pm
653 Chenery Street
San Francisco
Click here for map

Launch party for 580 Split, Issue 12

580 Split, Issue 12
Originally uploaded by OBermeo

OAKLAND, CA — 580 Split, the literary journal of Mills College’s Graduate English Department, presents an evening of poetry, prose, and music to celebrate the release of Issue 12. The event will take place on Friday, May 21, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the Layover bar in downtown Oakland (1517 Franklin Street). It will be free and open to the public.

Among the many talented Bay area poets and writers featured in this year’s issue of the journal, who will be sharing some of their most recent work at the launch party, are Chinaka Hodge, Josh Healey, Aimee Suzara, Oscar Bermeo, Sonya Shah, Amir Rabiyah, and Janine Mogannam.

There will be an informal reception following the reading, with DJ Diet spinning a soulful assortment of music old and new, as well as an opportunity to be among the first to purchase the print edition. The print edition will also be available for purchase online after the event.

We hope to see you there…