Dryland in San Francisco April 30th – Future Now Featuring Josiah Luis Alderete, Tongo Eisen-Martin & More

Join us this Saturday, April 30th, for a special edition of our monthly Reading & Open Mic Series, Future Now, live from the Medicine For Nightmares Bookstore & Gallery in the San Francisco Mission District. This month we are featuring contributors from Issue 11 and Bay Area poets: Josiah Luis Alderete, hector son of hector, Lupita Limón Corrales, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Mimi Tempestt, & Adrian Ibarra.

This is a hybrid event and will be both in-person and accesible online via zoom.

When: Saturday, April 30th 8-10PM PST

In-Person Location: MEDICINE FOR NIGHTMARES 3036 24th St San Francisco CA 94110


Fill out this google form to sign up for the Open Mic. Whether you’re attending on-site or via zoom you’ll get a chance to share your poems. Only 10 spots available!

Open Mic Guidelines:

  • Be ready to unmute yourself when your name is called and please mute yourself again once you are done sharing. 
  • Open-mic readers will have three minutes to share. Please be respectful of our other readers’ time. We will use the mute button at our discretion. 
  • We will not tolerate any hate speech. (No racism, sexism, homophobia, etc). 

Help us get the word out by sharing the flyer on Instagram, FB, or Twitter and invite a friend to come hang out! This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to showcase their poetry and connect with artists of the Los Angeles & Bay Area communities.


Josiah Luis Alderete is a full blooded Pocho who first learned how to write poesia in the kitchen of his Mama’s Mexican restaurant. He was a founding member of the outspoken word group, “The Molotov Mouths,” and is the curator and host of the long running monthly Chicano/Latinx reading series, “Speaking Axolotl.” He is one of the recipients of the 2021 San Francisco Foundation/Nomadic Press Literary Award. Josiah’s first book of poems, Baby Axolotls y Old Pochos, was released in 2021 from Black Freighter Press.

hector son of hector lives in Oakland, CA. He is the child of Mexican immigrants, currently works in a hospital, dreams of short stories, and writes poetry in secret.

Lupita Limón Corrales is an undocumented angel, archivist, and daughter.

Tongo Eisen-Martin is a poet, movement worker, and educator originally from San Francisco. His latest curriculum on extrajudicial killing of Black people, “We Charge Genocide Again,” has been used as an educational and organizing tool nation-
wide. His book, Someone’s Dead Already, was nominated for a California Book Award. His latest book, Heaven Is All Goodbyes, (City Lights Pocket Poets series) was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and won both a California and American Book Award.

Mimi Tempestt (she/they) is a multidisciplinary artist, poet, and daughter of California. She has a MA in Literature from Mills College, and is currently a doctoral student in the Creative/Critical PhD in Literature at UC Santa Cruz. Her debut collection of poems, the monumental misrememberings, is published with Co-Conspirator Press (2020). She was choosen for participation in the Lambda Literary Writers Retreat For Emerging LGBTQ Voices for poetry in 2021, and is currently a creative fellow at The Ruby in San Francisco. Her Works can be found in Foglifter, Apogee Journal, Interim Poetics, and The Studio Museum in Harlem.

Adrian Ibarra is a poet and weirdo living in Oakland, CA. He is an MFA grad from Antioch University, Los Angeles where he served as managing editor for their literary magazine, Lunch Ticket. His work has been nominated for the Best of the Net and has appeared at The John Lion New Plays Festival, in Burningword, The Wild Word, Cinepunx, Metaphor Magazine, and Barren Magazine, as well as other journals and lit mags that don’t exist anymore. Works in progress can be found at teenknifecrime.tumblr.com.

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