2017 Mega Corazon

A poet in the hand is worth more than two in the book…

With the support of the Texas Commission on the Arts, URBAN-15 is excited to present the 4th annual MEGA CORAZON, an eight hour literary livestream. Celebrating a hybrid poetic tradition that combines street, classical, and slam performance styles, Mega Corazon features the best in South Texas-based performance poetry.

Part of National Poetry Month activities, this year’s Mega Corazon will take place on Thursday, April 6th from 1pm-9pm. Performances are filmed live in our studio and, for those based locally, can be viewed in person like any other performance event. But if you can’t make it in person, we also stream LIVE, ONLINE, and IN REAL TIME via our internet broadcasting system, and across multiple platforms–from la mera mera Mega Corazon de Tejas to your computer, tablets, gaming systems or smart phone! This livestream is accessible free of charge and without a password on our website.



Watch performance excerpts from the 2016 Mega Corazon


The first three hours of the performance (1-4pm) are youth-focused and ideal for high school-aged students. If you are an educator or youth-serving community center and are interested in broadcasting Mega Corazon to your students–or any other group you work with–please contact us at events@urban15.org or call us at 210-736-1500.

An in-progress lineup for this year’s Mega Corazon is below. Keep checking back for a final list!

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Carmen Tafolla is a poet, writer, and performance artist from San Antonio, Texas. The author of more than 20 books, including The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans and What Can you Do with a Paleta?(for children, youth, and adults), Dr. Tafolla was named in 2012 by Mayor Julian Castro as the first Poet Laureate of San Antonio and later became the 2015 Texas Poet Laureate. Her poetry book Rebozos won three International Latino Book Awards, and her newest book, This River Here: Poems of San Antonio, was released in Spring of 2014. She has performed her one-woman show throughout the US, and in England, France, Mexico, Spain, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Norway, and New Zealand.

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Born in Mexico City and raised in San Antonio, Natalia Trevino is an Associate Professor of English at Northwest Vista College and a member of the Macondo Foundation.  She completed her Master’s degree in English at UT Austin and her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska. Her poems have won numerous awards and appeared in Bordersenses, Borderlands, Texas Poetry Review, The Houston Literary Review, Sugar House Review, Voices de la Luna, and Inheritance of Light. Her fiction has appeared in Curbstone Press’s Mirrors Beneath the Earth, and her nonfiction in Shifting Balance Sheets: Women’s Stories of Naturalized Citizens and Complex Allegiances: Constellations of Immigration.  Having experienced a bi-national childhood, she hopes to raise understanding between people on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, and is currently finishing a novel, La Cruzada, a testimony of an immigrant mother’s journey.

Bryce MilBryce Milliganligan is a prolific, award-winning author in numerous genres ranging from children’s books to novels for young adults, and adult poetry and criticism. The founding editor of Pax: A Journal for Peace through Culture (1983-1987) and Vortex: A Critical Review (1986-1990), Milligan has been the publisher, editor and book designer of Wings Press since 1995. He is the author of four historical novels, six collections of poetry, and short story collections for young adults, one of which received the Texas Library Association’s “Lone Star Book for Young Adults” award. In 2011 Milligan received the Gemini Ink “Award for Literary Excellence” and in 2012 the St. Mary’s University President’s Peace Commission’s “Art of Peace Award.”

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Though born and raised in McAllen and the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, Eduardo Vega has called San Antonio his home for many of the last twenty years. A career educator, he’s taught locally, as well as in the Napa Valley, Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, and the Uxpanapa Valley in Oaxaca.  As a spoken word artist, he has been a featured performer at
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and Viva Poesia at the Mission Marquee Plaza. He was a member of the Blah Poetry Spot Slam team that competed at the Southern Fried Poetry Slam last summer and was a finalist for La Voz de San Antonio.  Most recently, he had one of his poems selected for Love Poems to San Antonio and visibly displayed the Plaza de Armas building in downtown San Antonio.  He is a member of the Taco Council of Texas.

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Andrea Sanderson, known on stage as ‘Vocab,’ has been a spoken word artist since 2001, performing at DePauw University, Moorehouse College, Cameron University, Rice University, and Trinity University. She was a member of the 2005-2008 San Antonio Puro Slam team; a judge for the city-wide competition La Voz in 2013 and 2014; and currently co-hosts the Fresh Ink Youth Poetry Slam and the 2nd Verse Open Mic Poetry, which has won Best Open Mic in the Nation in 2011 & 2012. She is also a singer and hip hop artist, and in 2012 and 2013 was voted one of the top three best R&B artists by the San Antonio Current. In October of 2011, she released a CD entitled Vocab Presents: Sessions In Flight.

Jenny Browne

Jenny Browne is the current San Antonio Poet Laureate and author of three collections of poems: At Once, The Second Reason, and Dear Stranger.  Recent work has appeared in American Poetry Review, Barrow Street, The New York Times Threepenny Review, and Tin House.  She is a former James Michener Fellow in Poetry at the University of Texas, the recipient of two Texas Writers League Fellowships, a grant from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio, and a 2012-13 NEA Literature Fellowship.  She has worked as poet-in-residence across the state for the Texas Commission on the Arts, and across the world for the University of Iowa’s International Writers Program.  The rest of the time she lives in downtown San Antonio and teaches at Trinity University.

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Anthony “The Poet” Flores is a 3-time San Antonio Grand Slam Poetry Champion & has represented our city in competition on six different occasions at the National Poetry Slam. He has performed his work all over the United States, from local schools & community centers to H.B.O.’s Def Poetry Jam to the famous Lincoln Center in New York City. He is a co-founder of Fresh Ink Under-21 Youth Poetry Slam, the only on-going poetry slam & open-Mic for teenagers in San Antonio, & he is also a judge for S.A.’s La Voz City-Wide Spoken Word Competition.

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Eduardo C. Garza has presented Jazz poetry, also known as spoken word, beginning in 1977 in Austin, Corpus Christi, Phoenix, Albuquerque, and San Antonio, Texas. Although it has had other names, such as Teatro Poecia, Jazz Poet Society, The Jazz Poets of San Antonio continue to provide a stage for poets/musicians/artists to express themselves through poetry and music.

 

Jesse Cardona, a vJesse Cardonaeteran of the Texas public school system, has won many awards for teaching creative writing, including the Imagineer Award and the Trinity Prize for Teaching Excellence. In addition to publishing poetry in various journals and anthologies, Cardona is the author of Pan Dulce (Chili Verde Press, 1998), a book of poems. He has also been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities visiting scholar grants to Harvard University, Boston University, and the Newberry Library in Chicago.

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Naomi Shihab Nye has written or edited around 35 books of poetry and prose. Her most recent collection of poems is Transfer and her short short fiction stories are There is No Long Distance Now. She has been working as a vagabond itinerant writer in schools and communities (including Doha, Qatar, and Mumbai, India in 2014) for a very long time and still likes it.

 

Rosemary Catacalos was Texas’s first Latina/o Poet Laureate, named by the Texas Legislature in 2013. Of Mexican and Greek ancestry, Catacalos is known for blending the history, folklore, and mythologies of both cultures in her poems. Her work has twice appeared in The Best American Poetry, and she has held NEA, Stanford Stegner, and Paisano poetry fellowships. A fine press chapbook, Begin Here, appeared from Wings Press in 2013. A presenter on the Texas Commission on the Arts touring roster, Catacalos lives in San Antonio.

 

San Antonio native John Phillip Santos is a filmmaker, producer, author, and journalist.  His articles on Latino culture have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Guardian, and the San Antonio Express-News. He is writer and producer of more than forty television documentaries for CBS-TV and PBS-TV, two of which received Emmy nominations. He has authored three books, including Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation: A Memoir, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. His latest memoir is The Farthest Home is in an Empire of Fire, (2010). His poetry collection Songs Older Than Any Known Singer   (2007, Wings Press) is rich in regional references, universal in its insights into the human soul, imagistic and narrative by turns. These poems inhabit “a world / assembled from these tuileries / of words, a pageant of declensions / drawing us out to the open fields.”

After receiving his B.A. degree in Philosophy and Literature at Notre Dame, Santos became the first Mexican American Rhodes Scholar and thus earned his M.A. in English Literature and Language from St. Catherine’s College at Oxford University. In 1997, he joined the Ford Foundation as an officer in the Media, Arts, and Culture Program. After living in New York City for twenty years, he returned to his hometown in 2005.  He is presently a University Distinguished Scholar in Mestizo Cultural Studies in the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Honor College and was the recipient of the 2017 Texas Medal of Arts for Literary Arts.

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Jessica Tilton Zertuche and Nathan Zertuche are both San Antonio-based slam poets who have represented the city at the 2015 and 2016 National Poetry Slam. Jessica is a member of the original Fresh Ink Youth Slam Club, a 2016 Viva Poesia Finalist, and a La Voz Poetry Slam finalist for 2015. Nathan is co-founder of the original Fresh Ink Youth Slam Club and La Voz Poetry Slam winner for 2015. Performing together, they are Co-Slam Champs of the 2016 San Antonio Puro Slam Finals.

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