5:00 PM, Sunday, 1 November 2015
Day of the Dead Reading and Flor De Nopal Literary Festival Fundraiser
Sponsored by Red Salmon Arts
Featuring: Ben Olguín,
and ire’ne lara silva
5:00 PM, Saturday, 7 November 2015
Red Salmon Arts Presents
Maya Chinchilla is a Guatemalan, Bay Area-based writer, video artist, educator and author of The Cha Cha Files: A Chapina Poética. Maya received her MFA in English and Creative Writing from Mills College and her undergraduate degree from University of California, Santa Cruz, where she also founded and co-edited the annual publication, La Revista. Maya writes and performs poetry that explores themes of historical memory, heartbreak, tenderness, sexuality, and alternative futures. Her work —sassy, witty, performative, and self-aware— draws on a tradition of truth-telling and poking fun at the wounds we carry.
Her work has been published in anthologies and journals including: Mujeres de Maíz, Sinister Wisdom, Americas y Latinas: A Stanford Journal of Latin American Studies, Cipactli Journal, and The Lunada Literary Anthology. Maya is a founding member of the performance group Las Manas, a former artist-in-residence at Galería de La Raza in San Francisco, CA, and La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley, CA, and is a VONA Voices, Dos Brujas and Letras Latinas workshop alum. She is the co-editor of Desde El Epicentro: An anthology of Central American Poetry and Art and is a lecturer at San Francisco State University, UC Davis and other bay area universities.