Poesia Para La Gente



Avenue 50 Studio proudly presents


A site specific one-time event on a Saturday afternoon, to stimulate intercultural understanding and erase social stigmas.

Saturday, May 25 | 10AM-12PM | FREE

featuring poesía in Español & English:


and the day laborers from Home Depo

with music accompaniment/poetry by:


Special Guest Musical Appearance TBA

hosted by:


Special thank you to:


Antigua Coffee House

3400 No. Figueroa St.

Los Angeles, CA  90065

For providing the coffee for our poets, guests, and day laborers


La Morenita Tortilleria & Bakery

1157 Cypress Ave

Los Angeles, CA  90065

For providing the pan dulce for our poets, guests and day laborers


Location of Poesia event:

The IDEPSCA Day Laborer Program Cypress Park Community Job Center
The Home Depot
2055 North Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90065

Meet our poets:

IRIS DE ANDA is a writer, activist, and practitioner of the healing arts. A native of Los Angeles she believes in the power of spoken word, poetry, storytelling, and dreams. She has been published in Mujeres de Maiz Zine, Loudmouth Zine: Cal State LA, OCCUPY SF poems from the movement, & online @ La Bloga. She is an active contributor to Poets Responding to SB 1070. She performs at community venues & events throughout the Los Angeles area. She hosted The Writers Underground Open Mic 2012 @ Mazatlan Theatre & 100,000 Poets for Change 2012 @ the Eastside Cafe. Her book CODESWITCH: Fires From Mi Corazon will be published in 2013. Follow her story @

is a Puerto Rican-Panamanian percusionist, raised in Buffalo NY and has lived in Highland Park California since 1976. He's been writing poetry and lyrics to accompany his Conga, since 2010. " Watch out World, I finally found my niche " !!!

Cultivated by the sun and moon, which peek past the shoes dangling from the phone lines, REBECCA GONZALES was raised One blocks East of El Pino. Rebecca collects the energy of the streets of Boyle Heights, with the passion of poetry and sweetness of her son’s laughter to find positivity and optimism for the future. As a Mother she is humbled as a poet she is obedient and as a women she is unapologetic.



Uniformity always comes in a dress size to small to fit my frame of mind. I play Hop-scotch over land mines of intention, Look pleasure straight in the eye and taste every joy worth it, I will walk on broken glass to get to myself.

ABEL SALAS is a poet and journalist based in Los Angeles. His poems have appeared in The Austin Chronicle, ZYZZYVA: A Journal of West Coast Art & Literature, Washington DC's Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Cipactli, In Motion Magazine, Kuikatl: A XicanIndio Literary & Arts Journal and Huizache, the new literary journal published by Centro Victoria under the direction of Dagoberto Gilb. He currently edits and publishes Brooklyn & Boyle, a community arts newspaper distributed widely in LA’s East Side, and he has shared his poetry with audiences across the U.S., Mexico and Cuba, where he participated in the 13th Annual International Poetry Festival. His work as a journalist has been featured in the Los Angeles Times Magazine, LA Weekly, Latina Magazine, The New York Times, The San Antonio Current, The Brownsville Herald, OYE Magazine, Texas Observer, The Austin Chronicle and The Austin American-Statesman. A Co-founder of Corazon del Pueblo in Boyle Heights, Salas was also an early organizer with Poets Responding to SB1070 and coordinated a public reading on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. Watch his most recent video poem here:

is a two-time national slam poet, grand slam champion of the Damn Slam Los Angeles 2011 and the author of For What I Might Do Tomorrow published by Caza De Poesia 2010. His poetry has been published in anthologies alongside the likes of such literary giants as Amiri Baraka, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Jack Hircshman and Luis Rodriguez. Sedillo is a frequent guest on numerous programs on KPFK 9.07 FM and has also been featured twice on Radio Free Atlanta 8.93 FM. An interview and excerpt of his work was featured in a story that appeared in the Los Angeles Times. Sedillo's poetry is currently a part of the curriculum in the course Illegal: Undocumented Latinos in the US taught by Dr. Robert LeRoux Hernandez at Holy Cross University. Sedillo has appeared as a guest performer and panelist at the following colleges and universities: Loyola Marymount University, Arizona State University, Pasadena City College, Pitzer, Cal State San Bernadino, St. Edward's University, UCLA, Cal State Fullerton, Azusa Pacific University, Redlands University, Cal State San Bernardino, El Camino College, Compton College, Cal State Northridge, Southwest College and SOKA University. In addition to colleges and universities Matt has performed at the 40th and 41st Chicano Moratorium, on the main stage at an Occupy LA rally, at the 16th annual October 22d Coalition Against Police Brutality march and rally, the North Hollywood Music Festival, the Los Angeles International Film Festival, INKSLAM 2010 and 2011, Santa Ana's Noche del alteres 2010 (in front of an estimated 8,000) and 2011 and in countless venues throughout the country.

is a writer, photo-taker, music-maker, volunteer, community advocate and cultural wanderer. Third generation Southern-Californian, Jessica has been recognized by the City of Los Angeles for her work bringing literary arts to the community. Her work has most recently appeared in Centre Review, Hinchas de Poesia, RA, and the Haight Ashbury Journal, among others. She has featured at places such as La Palabra, The Paloma Room, Beyond Baroque, and at The Last Bookstore in downtown LA. She organizes and hosts two monthly readings, one at Avenue 50 Studios in Highland Park and the other at Beyond Baroque in Venice. She's currently working on a novel and her first book of poetry.


What is Poesia Para La Gente?

Poesia Para La Gente (Poetry for the People) is a program that brings poetry to the people of the community, in non-traditional places. Some of these places have been affected, in one way or another, by economical hardship or various forms of social stigmas. All locations are unique in providing a safe setting for artistic expression.


Why Home Depot?

We've chosen the Day Labor Program of IDEPSCA (Instituto de Educación Popular del Sur de California) at the Cypress Park Community Job Center, located at the Home Depot of Cypress Park. Our goal is to share the power of poetry with our brothers enlisted in the IDESCA labor program, also known as day laborers. These hard working residents of the community have experienced continuous on-going economic struggle, not only because of the slow growth in development within the industries providing these necessary positions, but also because of on-going social stigmas continually recycled by a misinformed population. By providing a welcoming non-traditional, unique, and one-time-only public platform for sharing the power of the spoken word, we hope to stimulate intercultural understanding within the diverse population of the North East Los Angeles area...and beyond.


Poesia Para La Gente is a program of the Avenue 50 Studio's monthly La Palabra Poetry. This program has been made possible by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation.




Saturday, April 27, 2013 starting at 12 pm


hosted by:

Jessica Ceballos

Featuring poetry in spanish + english:






with music accompaniment/poetry by:

Julio the Conga Poet



Bring your produce-inspired poetry!

ALL languages welcome!!



5535 York Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90042


(parking is available across the street in the church lot)



And bring a 'lil cash if you can! We would love for all to support Guerrero's and the community by doing some local Saturday afternoon shopping. Guerrero's Produce has been an important part of the community since 1991, creating a bridge between Highland Park's cultural diversit, and the ever-growing changes the future brings to this North East Los Angeles neighborhood. They have a beautiful selection of produce, a butcher, seafood, dulce, everything you need!






LUIVETTE RESTO was born in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico but proudly raised in the Bronx. Her first book of poetry Unfinished Portrait was published in 2008 by Tia Chucha Press and later named a finalist for the 2009 Paterson Poetry Prize. She is also a contributing poetry editor for Kweli Journal, a CantoMundo fellow, and the hostess of a monthly poetry reading series called La Palabra located at Avenue 50 Studio in Los Angeles. Her book Ascension just came out this April courtesy of Tia Chucha Press.


GLORIA ENEDINA ALVAREZ, Chicana poet/intermedia artist, playwrite, librettist, literary translator and curator, presently teaches creative writing and works as a consultant in public schools, universities, libraries, museums, and art centers.  Her literary/artistic efforts have been recognized by the CAC, National Endowment for the Arts, Cultural Affairs Department, City of L.A. - COLA Award, Poets & Writers, Inc., among others.  She has published and is read widely in the U.S., Latin America and Europe.  Her plays and librettos for opera, Los Biombos, Cuento de un Soldado/Story of a Soldier, El Nio, have been produced internationally. Her books of poetry in English and Spanish include La Excusa/The Excuse and Emerging en un Mar De Olanes.  Her poetry has been published in various anthologies and numerous periodicals.


RYAN SCOTT NANCE hasn't ever been to Turkey, not once. Nor ever to Saint Peter's Basilica. Never has he made a living selling potatoes. There was a time when he did travel, but that time has passed. There was a moment, a decade ago, when the faint smell of mildew in the stacks of the Butler Library was reward enough. There will be a day, in the not too far-off tomorrows, when he will try to use whatever it is he has at hand to make you happy. Today is not that day. In the meantime, he has poems (appearing in The Diagram, Drunken Boat, Mantis, Literary Imagination, Red China Magazine and Graffiti Rag) that he has written in hopes they will feel good on your tongue and he has websites he hopes will let you do what you want to do and finds a lot of the things in the world fascinating.


YAGO S. CURA is a substitute librarian for the Los Angeles Public Library. He publishes Hinchas de Poesía (, an online literary journal of Pan-American writing, and is proprietor of Hinchas Press. Yago has had poetry published in Lungfull!, LIT, Exquisite Corpse, PALABRA, Skanky Possum, Versal, 2nd Avenue, New Orlean’s Review, Tidal Basin Review, U.S. Latino Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, La Fovea, and COMBO. He moderates a Spanglish poetry blog, Spicaresque (, which has had more than 40,000 visitors and a librarian blog, The Shusher ( which documents his outreach efforts on behalf of the L.A. Library Foundation and has had more than 1,000 visitors.



Poesia Para La Gente is a program of the Avenue 50 Studio's monthly La Palabra Poetry. Brought to you by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation, Poesia Para la Gente creates site-specific performances in non-traditional public spaces.



Friday, October 19, 2012, starting at 8:00

Avenue 50 Studio in collaboration with Brooklyn & Boyle proudly present

a Poesia Para la Gente poetic intervention

Trapos Sucios/Dirty Laundry

A poetic purification, erotic & otherwise


Will Alexander
Gloria Enedina Alvarez
Olga Garcia
Reina Prado
Luivette Resto
Bus Stop Profit
Abel Salas
Mike “The Poet” Sonksen

Friday, October 19, 2012, starting at 8:00


Coin Laundry/Lavanderia
228 North Avenue 50
Los Angeles, CA 90042

Poesia Para la Gente is a poetic program under the Avenue 50 Studio’s monthly La Palabra Poetry. Poesia Para la Gente, brought to you by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation, performs in non-traditional public spaces.



May 26, 2012



Coming Friday, December 2, 2011

Poesia Para La Gente @ The Los Angeles Mission

Avenue 50 Studio has initiated a new poetry program called “Poesía Para La Gente” (“Poetry for the People”) Poesía Para La Gente brings the poets of our monthly La Palabra poetry and spoken word series out into the community in an effort to reach those who may never engage with the literary or visual arts.




Carlye Archibeque

Frankie Hernandez

Douglas Kearney


Poets from Homeboy Industries will follow  the Featured Poets


Friday, December 2, 2011 12-1 pm


Los Angeles Mission

303 East 5th Street

Los Angeles, CA  90060


In the Chapel


In the spirit of Christmas, we ask that you bring a canned good or blanket (or whatever else you would like to donate) to the L.A. Mission.




Please meet our Poets:


Carlye Archibeque: Carlye Archibeque was born and raised in Los Angeles. Her mother worked in an illegal profession, which resulted in a lot of moves, a lot of schools and a lot of people passing through her life. As a poet she has produced reading series at the Iguana Cafe, Sam's Book City, the Council Offices of Eric Garcetti and currently produces Poets Beyond the Half Shell at Beyond Baroque in Venice, California.  She is the publisher of the irregular anthology Fuck This Shit and was the co-editor with Orange County poet Michelle Ben-Hur of 51%. Her work has been published in Scream While You Burn: A Caffeine Anthology; Social Anarchy; Spillway; Pearl and So Luminous the Wildflowers: An Anthology of California Poets to name a few.

Frankie Hernandez:  Frankie Hernandez
has performed her poetry and memoirs and taught workshops all over the country. She is currently working on an anthology entitled Most Likely to Fail–Extraordinary Success of Ordinary People.

Douglas Kearney:  Douglas Kearney’s work as a poet, performer and librettist has been featured in many fine publications and venues in print, in-the-flesh and in digital code. His first full-length collection of poems, Fear, Some, was published in 2006 (Red Hen Press). His second manuscript, The Black Automaton, was chosen by Catherine Wagner for the National Poetry Series and was published by Fence Books in December 2009. In 2010, it was named a finalist for the Pen Center USA Literary Award in poetry. In 2008, he was honored with a Whiting Writers’ Award. He lives in the Valley with his family and teaches courses in African American poetry, opera and myth at California Institute of the Arts.


Poesia para la Gente is a program of Avenue 50 Studio through its La Palabra Poetry series.  Poesia para la Gente is funded by The James Irvine Foundation


Coming September 16, 2011




What is Poesia Para La Gente?


Poesia Para La Gente (Poetry for the People) brings poetry to the people of the community who are less likely to use this art form as a means of expression, or who might not have access to poetry venues.  We do this by holding open-mic readings in non-traditonal public spaces and inviting the community to share the power of the word.