Calendar of Events — March/April 2024

Calendar of Events March-April  2024

6:30-7:30 PM, Wednesday, 20 March 2024

UN TRIP raúlrsalinas & the Poetry of Liberation Screening at St. Edward’s University

John Williams Brooks South Carter Auditorium Rm 186

A Film by  Award winning filmmakers: Anne Lewis & Laura Varela

Up Trip documents the transformative journey of raúlrsalinas—Xicanindo beat poet and beloved maestro. The film is based on raúl’s poem “Un Trip through the Mind Jail,”  in which he recalls his coming of age  in East Austin’s La Loma neighborhood.  He shares his journey in this innovative split screen improvisation underscored by jazz  and his poetry of liberation.

Join us for the film screening (25 minutes) & conversation with the Filmmakers. Followed by a Flor  y Canto  Remembrance Light refreshments will be provided

This event is FREE and OPEN


11:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday, 23- 24 March 2024

Encuentro de maíz

Sponsored by colectivo in situ and other partners 

This is a two-day, multi-media, fully community-funded event bringing together people from old Austin, surrounding regions within Tejas, and Mexico City to connect them through their important work with maíz. XOB: encuentro de maíz  will highlight families and tortillerxs with deep historical roots in tejas, chefs who are preserving ancestral traditions through their food + new interpretations, and feature activists bringing awareness to the injustices and oppression indigenous people have been battling for centuries (and continue to) at the hands of colonization. 


3:00-6:00 PM, Saturday 6 April 2024

Testimonios + Witness Writing as Social Action Workshop with jo reyes-boitel

Suggested $40 or pay what you can

Followed by a closing reading by participants and the author at 5:30 PM. Community Is Welcome!

About the author: jo reyes-boitel is a poet, playwright, and scholar. jo is also a queer, mixed-Latinx parent working in community. Somehow born in Minnesota, their family calls Texas, Florida, Mexico, and Cuba home. Recent and forthcoming publications include Huizache Magazine, OyeDrum Magazine, Scalawag Journal, The Ice Colony, Windward Review, Chachalaca Review, The Americas Review, and Your Impossible Voice. Book publications include jo’s chapbook mouth (Neon Hemlock, 2021), which addresses the struggle of working through others’ views and dominant culture’s impact on the body and the self – from domestic violence on to personal liberation. Their first book, Michael + Josephine, a novel in verse (FlowerSong Press, 2019), reimagines St. Michael the Archangel as a queer woman who begins a love relationship with Josephine, a disaster relief worker. the matchstick litanies, their forthcoming book through Next Page Press, follows the author’s upbringing. Out November 1, pre-sales are happening now. FMI:

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