Join us on Thursday, April 14 at 7pm PT when Kevin Madrigal Galindo celebrates the release of his collection, Hell/a Mexican, at 9th Ave!
Featuring Katie Aliféris, Dena Rod, and D'mani Thomas
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About Hell/a Mexican
Hell/a Mexican is an appreciation of the tragicomedy that is existing on American soil with foreign roots. These stories shed light on the boundless experience of living and learning through your identity. This collection, much like us, reaches for hope; Sometimes we find it, sometimes we don’t.
About Kevin Madrigal Galindo
Kevin Madrigal Galindo is a food justice advocate that is reimagining health with ancestral Mexican cooking. He is a first-generation Chicano hijo de su chingada madre from South San Francisco by way of Zapopan, Jalisco. In 2016, he co-founded Farming Hope to provide employment opportunities in food for folks experiencing homelessness. Kevin is a recipient of the Brooklyn Poets Retreat Fellowship for 2021, and his work has been featured in The Boiler, Bozalta, The Antilang Project, The San Franciscan, Edible East Bay, Civil Liberties United, Quiet Lightning, and Xicana Vegan.
Kevin shines light on the comunidad whose work supports countless American lives. In his free time, you can find him feeling his feelings to highly curated R&B playlists.
About Katie Aliféris
Katie Aliféris (ah-lee-FEH-ree) is a poet from San Francisco, California whose work often focuses on honoring heritage, life with a chronic illness/disability, and uplifting The Matriarchy. She has been a featured performer at local and international literary series and events, including The Melbourne Fringe Festival, North Beach First Fridays at City Lights Books, and the San Francisco State University Center for Modern Greek Studies. Her work has been published in various anthologies, journals, and websites, including 9 Muses News, Lucent Dreaming, and the San Francisco Public Library’s Poem of the Day. Katie is the author of fool[ishly optimistic] published by Nomadic Press. Find more at KatieAliferis.com and @Katie_Aliferis (Instagram and Twitter).
About Dena Rod
Dena Rod is a queer Iranian American poet and essayist who focuses on illuminating their diasporic experiences. Described by The Bold Italic as a “verbose advocate,” they’ve been widely published in literary journals and anthologies such as The Rumpus, My Shadow is My Skin: Voices from the Iranian Diaspora, and Butter Press. In 2020, they debuted the chapbook swallow a beginning and toured with RADAR Production’s Sister Spit. Scattered Arils is their first poetry collection. Connect with Dena on Twitter/Instagram: @alightningrod or at their website, denarod.com
About D'mani Thomas
D'mani Thomas is a writer from Oakland, California (Ohlone territory). He has received fellowships from The Watering Hole, Foglifter literary journal, Afro Urban Society, and UC Berkeley’s Art & Research Center. His work can be found in : The Auburn Avenue, The Shade Journal, The Ana, and elsewhere. His poem, “Survival Tactics” was shortlisted for the 2020 Penrose Poetry Prize. In 2021, they were nominated for a “ Best New Poets” and “Best of the NET” award. In their freetime, catch them watching horror movies, dancing, or craving fries.
HELL/A MEXICAN is an appreciation of the tragicomedy that is existing on American soil with foreign roots. These stories shed light on the boundless experience of living and learning through your identity. This collection, much like us, reaches for hope; Sometimes we find it, sometimes we don't.
(This book cannot be returned nor exchanged.)
FOOL ISHLY OPTIMISTIC] by Katie Alif ris is a deep-dive into soul-shaking, life-changing love. It is an invitation to own, honor, and process the truths of our bravest and most beautiful feelings of the heart; from the very beginning of affection through heartbreak--and everything that comes next.