[free] S.F. International Flor Y Canto Literary Festival 2023




Thur., June 15 – Poetry Crawl


5:30–6:15 p.m.

Invocation to Xochipilli – Balmy Alley, 50 Balmy Street

Join us for the opening ceremony of this year’s San Francisco International Flor y Canto Literary Festival led by Naomi Quiñonez, Leticia Hernández-Linares and MK Chavez.

6:30–7:10 p.m.

The Poppies Are Blooming – Mission Synths, 3026 24th Street

Because at dawn/ at first light the Poppy opened/ breaking our barrio’s sidewalk. A Flor y Canto Reading Featuring Ohlone Tierra/ Bay Area Filipinx Poets: Joemae Santos, Aimee Suzara and Rupert Estanislao.

7:20–8 p.m.

Freeway 280 Poets – Evolved SF, 3067 24th Street

Poets from San Jose offer us their poetry. Emceed by Suzy Huerta Quezada, featuring Yosimar Reyes, Asha Sudra and Arlene Biala.

8:10–10 p.m.

Speaking Axolotl – Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore & Gallery, 3036 24th Street

The monthly Latinx reading series Speaking Axolotl, hosted by Josiah Luis Alderete, will feature musical guests Colectivo Calle Son. End the poetry crawl with your own poetry on the open mic list.


Fri, June 16


4–4:55 p.m.

Poetas en la esquina – Outside of Temo’s Café, 3000 24th Street

Meet us on the corner to hear these big voices: Baruch Porras-Hernandez, Hilary Cruz Mejia, Aideed Medina and Josiah Luis Alderete.

5–5:55 p.m.

Flor y Canto Reads – Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore & Gallery, 3036 24th Street

The people who put together this festival read en voz alta: Yaccaira Salvatierra, Maria Guerrero, Lourdes Figueroa, Josiah Luis Alderte and hector son of hector.

6–6:55 p.m.

Gracias Nomadic Poetry Reading – Adobe Books & Arts Cooperative, 3130 24th Street

A gesture of gratitude and love entire from the Flor y Canto community for Nomadic’s work, for the movement of each other’s voz here we begin the medicine for each other. Featuring Rachelle Escamilla, Katie Aliféris, Karen Llagas, Florencio Milito, Kevin Madrigal Galindo and Roberto F. Santiago.

7–7:55 p.m.

Norman Antonio Zelaya: Gente, Folks – Acción Latina, 2958 24th Street

Ricardo Tavarez, of the infamous Pan Dulce Poets reading series, will be in conversation with author Norman Antonio Zelaya of Black Freighter Press.

8 p.m.

The Before Columbus Foundation Presents: Victor Hernández Cruz – Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore & Gallery, 3036 24th Street

Pioneering, Nuyorican poet Victor Hernández Cruz will be reading from his newest book Guayacán (Ishmael Reed Publishing, 2022). This event is sponsored by The Before Columbus Foundation.


Sat., June 17


1–1:55 p.m.

Flor y Canto’s Children’s Story Hour – Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore & Gallery, 3036 24th Street

Story hour with Jorge Argueta reading from his newest book Tierra Tierrita (Piñata Books, 2022), and Maya Camarón-Gordon from her newest book The Mermaid Princess (HarperCollins, 2023). Luna Press will be supporting us with a table at this event.

2–2:55 p.m.

Pochino Press Presents: A Pan Dulce Poets Release Party – Acción Latina, 2958 24th Street

The launch of Despues del Aguacero: A Pan Dulce Poets Anthology (Pochino Press, 2023) will be at this year’s Flor y Canto Literary Festival! There will be pan dulce, coffee, and poetry from Norma Smith, Josiah Luis Alderete, hector son of hector, Amalia Alvarez, Lateef McLead and Flavia Mora.

3–3:55 p.m.

rosas de los angeles – Precita Eyes Muralists, 2981 24th Street

LA poets present the Bay Area with their flor y cantos. Featuring Mimi Tempestt, Maestro Gamin and Tori Gesualdo. Curated and hosted by soledad con carne.

4–4:55 p.m.

Fresno Reads – Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore & Gallery, 3036 24th Street

It isn’t a San Francisco Flor y Canto Festival without a visit from Fresno. Curated by Sara Borjas and featuring J. J. Hernandez, Emilia Borjas & Yelisa Ambriz.

5 p.m.

Laureates en conversación with Aimee Suzara – Red Poppy Art House, 2698 Folsom Street

Poet Laureates Lee Herrick (California), David Flores (Richmond), and Tongo Eisen-Martin (San Francisco) will be in conversation with Aimee Suzara.

7 p.m.

Community Awards Ceremony – Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore & Gallery, 3036 24th Street

This year we honor Leticia Hernández-Linares with the San Francisco International Flor y Canto Community Appreciation Teyolía Award. Come celebrate with us her poetry and her commitment to the community. She will be joined by Claudia Castro Luna and Maurisa Thompson.

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