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  • Date: August 13
  • Time: 7:00pm - 7:00pm PT

Poets & Artists for Migrant Justice: Benefit Reading

Support migrant justice at this special night of poetry, visual arts, and snacks.

Readers include Claudia Castro Luna, Natalie Scenters-Zapico, Raul Sanchez, Natalie Ann Martínez, Sarah A. Chavez, and Catalina M. Cantú. There will be a silent auction of work by Fulgencio Lazo Arte, Jake Prendez, and more, as well as work by the readers.

All proceeds go to Immigrant Families Together and Fair Fight Immigrant Bond Fund.

Suggested ticket price: $10

About the Participants

Claudia Castro Luna is Washington State Poet Laureate. She served as Seattle’s Civic Poet from 2015-2017 and is the author of Killing Marías (Two Sylvias Press, 2017), also shortlisted for 2018 Washington State Book Award in poetry, and This City (Floating Bridge Press, 2016).

Natalie Scenters-Zapico has won fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, CantoMundo, and a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. Her first collection, The Verging Cities, won the PENAmerican/Joyce Osterweil Award, GLCA’s New Writers Award, NACCS Foco Book Prize, and Utah Book Award. Lima :: Limón, her second collection, is available from Copper Canyon Press.

Raúl Sánchez‘s inaugural collection, All Our Brown-Skinned Angels, was nominated for the 2013 Washington State Book Award in Poetry. He was a 2014 Jack Straw Fellow, mentor and judge for the 2014 Poetry on Buses, and TEDx participant in Yakima, Washington.

Natalie A. Martínez‘s poetry and nonfiction has been published in Ellipsis, Nepantla: A Journal of Queer Poets of Color, and art zine, La Norda Specialo, among others. She was a member of The Alice Gallery curatorial collective where she organized the Writers in Residence program.

Sarah A. Chavez is the author of the poetry collections, Hands That Break & Scar (Sundress Publications, 2017) and All Day, Talking (dancing girl press, 2014), selections of which were awarded the Susan Atefat Peckham Fellowship. She serves as the poetry coordinator for Best of the Net Anthology and is a proud member of the Macondo Writers Workshop.

Catalina Marie Cantú‘s poetry has been published in La Bloga, Poetry on Buses, and Raven Chronicles. She received scholarships from Port Townsend Writers’ Conference, Artist Trust EDGE Professional Literary Development Program, and Hugo House. Catalina is a member and former chair of Los Norteños, NW Latino Writers Group, and a cofounding member of La Sala, a Latinx artist network.

Trained as a printmaker, Fulgencio Lazo works predominantly with acrylics on canvas in his studios in Seattle and Oaxaca, Mexico. He has had over 40 solo shows throughout the United States, Mexico, Japan, and France, and has numerous pieces in public collections.

Jake Prendez is a renowned visual artist who has displayed his work in numerous exhibitions around the country. He was selected in summer 2016 to participate in the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Leadership Institute. In 2017 he was named to the Northwest Folklife Cultural Focus Committee. He also won the “People Choice” award at the 2017 Fiestas Patrias Art Exhibition at the Seattle Center.