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Words, Wine and Wisdom: A Night of Stories with Leticia Urieta, Rooster Martinez & Andrew Porter
April 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm CDTFree
A Night of Stories with Leticia Urieta, Rooster Martinez & Andrew Porter followed by a Community Open Mic
Thurs, April 13, 6:30-8pm, In-Person
Poetic Republic Coffee Co., 2330 S. Presa St
Free & Open to the Public
Join us for a night of poetry and literary celebration as we partner with our friends at Poetic Republic Coffee Co. to create an inviting space for the writing community to share words, wine, and wisdom, with a little latte or espresso on the side.
Get ready to be inspired by the mesmerizing worlds of three writers, each with their own ferocity of voice. The evening kicks off with Leticia Urieta reading from her hybrid collection of poems and short stories, Las Criaturas (2021), which “tells the stories of untold women.” She’ll be joined by special guests C.L. “Rooster” Martinez and Andrew Porter, who will share the gifts of their recent works.
Following the featured reading, we will host a community open mic. Bring your poems, stories, and thoughts to share (there will be a 3-minute limit for each reader). Open mic sign-up in person, starting at 6pm.
Leticia Urieta (she/her/hers) is a Tejana writer from Austin, TX. She is a teaching artist in the greater Austin community and the Regional Program Manager of Austin Bat Cave, as well as the co-director of Barrio Writers Austin and Pflugerville, a free creative writing program for youth. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Chicon Street Poets, Lumina, The Offing, Kweli Journal, Medium, Electric Lit, and others. Her chapbook, The Monster, was published in 2018 by LibroMobile Press. Her hybrid collection, Las Criaturas, was a finalist for the Sergio Troncoso Award for Best First Book of Fiction 2022 from the Texas Institute of Letters and is out now from FlowerSong Press.
Christopher “Rooster” Martinez is an educator and spoken word poet from San Antonio, Texas. He earned a MA/MFA in Creative Writing, Literature & Social Justice at Our Lady of the Lake University. He is the author of two poetry books: A Saint for Lost Things (Alabrava Press, 2020) and As it is in Heaven (Kissing Dynamite Poetry Press, 2020). For twelve years, Rooster competed and won slams across the country and co-founded the literary nonprofit Write Art Out Inc.
Andrew Porter is the acclaimed, award-winning author of the story collections The Disappeared (Knopf 2023) and The Theory of Light and Matter (Vintage), and the novel In Between Days (Knopf). A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he has received a Pushcart Prize, a James Michener/Copernicus Fellowship, and the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. His work has appeared in One Story, The Threepenny Review, Ploughshares, Narrative, The Southern Review, and on Public Radio’s Selected Shorts. He teaches fiction writing and directs the creative writing program at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.