9 L.A. Poets Giving Latinos A Voice

It is National Poetry month and these are nine of the hottest poets in and around the L.A. area spreading the word like wildfire.

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One of the best poets with a knack for reciting raw emotional energy, Sedillo’s first book of poetry For What I Might Do Tomorrow, was published by Casa de Poesia in 2009. He is also a two-time national slam poet and was the grand slam champion of the Damn Slam in Los Angeles. If you see him ask him to recite “L.A. is full of Pigs.”

Felicia “Fe Evaone” Montes

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Not only is she is a co-founder and coordinating member of two important women’s collectives, Mujeres de Maiz and In Lak Ech, Fe has also been involved with her community since an early age. Like her peers, she maintains a deep rooted belief that art is a tool for education, empowerment and transformation. She self-published her own poetry book titled Ten Fe and is known for her innate ability to blend hip hop, poetry and spoken word.

David A. Romero

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Hailing from Diamond Bar, California, Romero is only the second poet to be featured on All Def Digital, Russell Simmons’ YouTube channel. He’s also opened for Ozomatli and La Santa Cecilia. Currently touring, Romero is often featured alongside his literary partner in crime, Matt Sedillo.

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Iris De Anda

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Iris is a very punk poet who comes from Mexican and Salvadorean descent. She believes in the power and strength that comes with the word. You can find Anda, author of CODESWITCH: Fires from Mi Corazon, hosting “The Writers Underground Open Mic” every Third Thursday of the month at the Eastside Café in El Sereno.

BusStop Prophet

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Born Francisco Escamilla, BusStop Prophet is an East L.A. native. He is a teaching artist with the non-profit Street Poets. He can often be found at events reciting poetry on the topic of popular education.

Xitlalic Guijosa-Osuna

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Guijosa-Osuna’s poetry varies from everyday happenings, domestic abuse, memories of old friends, lovers, to even guayabas (yes, the fruit) and their greatness. She is a firm believer that words help heal the mind and soul.

John Martinez

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Originally from Fresno, Martinez is a writer’s writer. He has held several readings throughout Southern California and Mexico. He is a regular contributing writer to La Bloga and Poets responding to SB1070.

Anna Ureña

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From South Central Los Angeles, Ureña writes prose and theatrical dramas. She authored Anhelo, a collection of Spanish language poems. She currently hosts a weekly podcast, Another Voice From The Crowd that features various writers from the Los Angeles literary scene.

Abel Salas

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Salas is a native Texan who made East L.A. his second home. A former road manager for La Mafia, he is currently the editor-in-chief of print and online mag Brooklyn and Boyle. He has coined his style as “Literaloco–Literatonto.”