The Lab

The Lab is a nonprofit experimental art and performance space located in the Mission District of San Francisco.

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Soul Rebels: A Celebration of word and fire with Cathy Arellano, Norman Zelaya, and Tongo Eisen-Martin

Monday February 18, 2019
7:30-9:00pm, readings start promptly at 8pm
$8 entry (no one turned away for lack of funds), free for members
Note: Please dress warmly – The Lab does not have heat

Cathy Arellano is just another Mexican writer from San Francisco. In 2017 Kórima Press published Arellano’s I Love My Women, Sometimes They Love Me — her collection of broken hearted lesbian love poems — and in 2016 Salvation on Mission Street — her memoir about growing up brown and coming out queer, loving and losing too many too-young family members in poems and stories set in the Mission from the 1960s to the 2000s. Salvation won the 2017 Golden Crown Literary Society’s Debut Author Award.

Norman Antonio Zelaya was born and raised in San Francisco, CA. He has published stories in ZYZZYVA, NY Tyrant, 14 Hills, Cipactli, Apogee Journal, among others, and he was a 2015 Zoetrope: All-Story finalist. He is a founding member of Los Delicados, and has performed extensively throughout the US with them. Zelaya has appeared on stage, in film and in the squared circle as luchador, Super Pulga. In 2017, he published his first book, Orlando & Other Stories. Currently, he is working on new material for his second book, a novel. He lives and works in the Mission District, San Francisco.

Originally from San Francisco, Tongo Eisen-Martin is a poet, movement worker, and educator. His latest curriculum on extrajudicial killing of Black people, We Charge Genocide Again, has been used as an educational and organizing tool throughout the country. His book titled, "Someone's Dead Already" was nominated for a California Book Award. His latest book "Heaven Is All Goodbyes" was published by the City Lights Pocket Poets series, was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and won a California Book Award and an American Book Award.

Organized by The Lab’s artist in residence, Tongo Eisen-Martin.

Earlier Event: February 15
Mic at Midnight
Later Event: February 22
Lucrecia Dalt & Aaron Dilloway