The Writers Place Reading Series Presents a Celebration of Day of the Dead

Join us for this annual celebration of Day of the Dead. The event includes a decorative atmosphere, a short reading, music, and dance by the Aztec Dancers. Xanath Caraza hosts the evening. Day of the Dead altars by Xanath Caraza and World's Window. The event includes a reception of native foods.

Sophia Rivera is a Chicana writer, scholar and educator from Northwest Pasadena. A proud Luna Loca, she is also the co-facilitator of Las Lunas Locas. a womyn’s writing circle based in El Sereno, CA.  Sophia recently published the co-written essay, “Passing the Sage,” in the Chicana/Latina Studies Fall 2015 Journal and her poetry has been published in Tia Chucha's Press anthology, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts in Los Angeles, Las Lunas Locas Zines, Hometown Pasadena, and the International In The Words of Womyn 2016 Anthology. She believes in the sacred power of telling stories, Selenas Forevers, that lunas locas are magic, and poetry saves lives.

Sophia Rivera

Sophia Rivera

Vanessa Reynaga: A brown grown girl with a penchant for kind hearts, rap, and home-made food. She seeks peace and tranquility in all corners of her earth. 

Vanessa Reynaga

Vanessa Reynaga

Karineh Mahdessian, a community social worker, is interested in people and art.  She hosts La Palabra reading series and co-founded and co-facilitates Las Lunas Locas, a womyn-identified writing group.  She loves haikus, tacos, basketball and big earrings.

Karineh Mahdessian

Karineh Mahdessian

Monique Gabrielle Salazar is a poet, performer, emcee, drag artist and business owner residing in Kansas City, Missouri. Having written poetry for almost half her life, she has released her first book entitled If You See My Ghosts Like I Do and is slated to publish another book early next year. Salazar is a fervent human rights and cultural activist with tendrils nourishing local poetic Open Mics, a monthly vintage cinema event called “Cinema Cabaliste” that seeks to highlight the oldest films available and is a Novice Sister in the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Owner of a shoppe of curiosities, The Skullery Maid, Salazar is always looking for the obscure and fantastical. A world traveler, she culls her images from graveyards, churchyards, protest zones and the mitered corner of self-reflection.

Monique Gabrielle Salazar

Monique Gabrielle Salazar