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July 22, 2023 @ 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Join Luya Poetry founder Christian Aldana and friends for a community pop-up to celebrate the release of Christian’s debut poetry collection! We’re excited to bring people together to participate in our open mice, experience amazing poetry performances, witness live music from Las Mariquitas, and connect with the wonderful artists, makers, and community organizations who will be tabling throughout the afternoon.

ABOUT THE BOOK AND AUTHOR

Christian Aldana’s debut poetry collection, The Water We Swim In, is an ode to radical care. Through community organizing and deeply held love, Aldana follows in the footsteps of Grace Lee Boggs against a carceral state, questioning the broken system and reaching across diasporic distances for the future within our grasp. Empowering, mobilizing, and unrelenting, The Water We Swim In is a poetic revolution, a manifesto for all who believe in fighting for more.

Christian’s poetry is a safe space for wicked and sinister femmes who hate imperialism. They are a queer, Filipinx, artist, educator and community organizer based in Chicago. Though she has a soft spot for the Midwest, part of her will always be in South East Asia (Cebu and Saigon) where she grew up. She is the founder and Creative Director of Luya, a poetry organization that centers the stories and experiences of people of color. Alongside their comrades at The Digital Sala, Christian is dreaming up alternative visions of what radically flexible, community-centered, revolutionary writing spaces can be.

OPEN MIC SIGN UP

Open mic sign ups are on a first-come first-served basis, and will prioritize queer/trans people of color, until slots run out. Performers have up to 3 minutes on the mic!

FEATURED PERFORMERS

Christian Aldana
Las Mariquitas
Maria Marbella
Dana Ysabel

FEATURED VENDORS

Keyks
ArteHouse
Baeyani Beads

FEATURED COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

Malikah
Nourish NYC
& More to be announced on social media via @xtian_as and @rxnnlm on Instagram

COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS

While the People’s Forum and the state of New York do not have a mask mandate in place, our event organizers strongly encourage masking within the space when not actively eating, drinking, or performing and will have extra masks for people on site. Event organizers may gently remind attendees to wear their masks.

Details

Date:
July 22, 2023
Time:
2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Venue

The People’s Forum
320 West 37th Street
New York, NY 10018 United States
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Phone
347-695-1095
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