Join us for Turn Down for Guat! Laughing Lonjas, Tender Hearts, and Bitter Queens, a night of Story Telling, Drag Performance, and Live Music celebrating the release of "The Cha Cha Files: A Chapina Poética" (Kórima Press) Featuring Javier O. Huerta, Reina de Aztlán, The Singing Bois, and Maya Chinchilla

Co-Curated by Sarah Guerra + Maya Chinchilla 



Maya Chinchilla is a Guatemalan, Bay Area-based writer, video artist, and educator with an MFA in English and Creative Writing from Mills College. She 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.

Born and raised in Long Beach, CA, by a mixed class, mixed race, immigrant activist extended family, Maya has lived and loved in the Bay Area for the second half of her life. 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, and is quoted (and misquoted) in essays, presentations and books on U.S.-Central American poetics; Chicana/Latina literature; and identity, gender, and sexuality.

Maya is the author of The ChaCha Files:A Chapina Poetica and 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 and Dos Brujas 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.



Javier O. Huerta is the author of Some Clarifications y otros poemas (Arte Publico 2007), which received the Chicano/Latino Literary Prize from UC Irvine, and American Copia: An Immigrant Epic (Arte Publico 2012). His poems have recently been anthologized in American Tensions: Literature of Identity and the Search for Social Justice, The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2011, and Everyman's Library Art and Artists: Poems. He lives in Berkeley, California.



La Reina de Aztlan is a Mexican Fag Princess who obsesses over Social Justice, gender, performativity and Selena remixes. She's performed all over California from LA to the Bay, from hole-in-the-wall bars like the legendary Esta Noche to top Universities like UC Berkeley and Stanford. She daydreams of Joteria in Aztlan and is available for baptisms, quinceañeras, matrimonios, etc.



Part boy band, part Rat Pack, THE SINGING BOIS create spaces for masculine of center vocalists within new and classic styles such as doo-wop, jazz standards, barbershop, contemporary pop, R&B, and Latin genres. Twisting sonic gender expectations, they blend musical precision, playful staging, and sexy swagger. THE SINGING BOIS feature the musical talents of Bay Area artists Rhonda Kinard, Terezia Orosz, Erin Raber, and Tamara Roberts.

Doors at 7:30pm, Show at 8pm
$10-15 sliding scale

Eventbrite - East Bay Book Release of "The Cha Cha Files: A Chapina Poética" w/ Special Guest Performances