Latinx Heritage Month – An Afternoon of Poetry

Latinx Heritage Month - An Afternoon of Poetry


12:20 pm-1:20 pm

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Join us for an afternoon of poetry, spoken word and history as we welcome the following poets.

Join us on Thursday, October 14, 2021 from 12:20 to 1:20 pm.

Zoom link below.


Meet the Poets

Tony Aldarondo has performed music and poetry in venues throughout the San Francisco bay area, overseas and once while standing up on a JetBlue airplane! He is also a theater and film actor and voiceover artist. His first collection full length poetry book titled Big Heart Poet will be out in November 2021! But most of all he wants to be known as a great dad.

Rafael Jesús González Born in the bicultural/bilingual setting of El Paso, Texas/Cd. Juárez, Chihuahua, taught at various universities before settling a Laney College, Oakland where he founded the Mexican and Latin American Studies Dept. in 1969. He was Poet in Residence at the Oakland Museum of California and the Oakland Public Library under a “Writers on Site Award” from Poets & Writers, Inc. in 1996. Also a visual artist, he has exhibited at the Oakland Museum of California, the Mexican Museum of San Francisco, and various galleries in the U.S. and Mexico. Four times nominated for a Pushcart Prize, he was honored by the National Council of Teachers of English for his writing 2003. In 2013 he received a César E. Chávez Lifetime Award and in 2015 the City of Berkeley also honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2017 he was named the first Poet Laureate of Berkeley.

Dr. Naomi Helena Quiñonez, Chicana poet, educator and activist, is the author of three collections of poetry:
Hummingbird Dream/Sueño de Colibri, The Smoking Mirror and The Exiled Moon.
A recent recipient of the City of Berkeley Lifetime Achievement Award in Poetry (2017); she is editor of several publications, including Invocation L.A: Urban Multicultural Poetry, which won the American Book Award;
Decolonial Voices: Chicana and Chicano Cultural Studies in the 21st Century and Caminos Magazine.
Her work has appears in many publications including Maestrapeace (2019), Voices of Our Ancestors (2019), the Colorado Review, Infinite Divisions and From Totems to Hip Hop to name a few. Quiñonez holds a PhD in American History and Cultural Studies and contributes to the scholarship of Chicana/Latina women. She is a recipient of the San Francisco Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 100 honoree, a Rockefeller Fellowship, the American Book Award and a California Arts Grant.
She is featured in Notable Hispanic Women (1994) and the Dictionary of Literary Biography (2000).

Susana Praver-Pérez is a Pushcart-nominated poet and a winner of the San Francisco Foundation/Nomadic Press Literary Prize for Poetry (2021). Born and raised in New York, Susana currently resides in Oakland, California where she works as a Physician Assistant at La Clínica de la Raza. Susana studied creative writing at Naropa Institute, UC Berkley’s “Poetry for the People,” as well as at Berkley City College from which she received a Certificate in Creative Writing with a focus on Poetry Susana’s work has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies. Her first full-length book of poetry titled: Hurricanes, Love Affairs and Other Disasters, was released by Nomadic Press (June 2021). Link to order:

Celebrated nationally from September 15 to October 15, the Latinx Heritage Month celebrates the rich cultures, histories and traditions of the more than 62 million Latinx living in the United States representing more than 20 countries across the world. Berkeley City College recognizes and elevates the histories and stories of resistance in the anniversaries of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua on September 15 as well as Mexico’s independence on September 16 and Chile’s independence on September 18th.

Thursday 14th-Poetry 12:20-1:20pm


Online Art showcase

In celebration of Latinx Heritage Month, Berkeley City College will be hosting an Online Art Exhibit. All students, faculty and staff are invited to submit their art work by Tuesday October 5th. Submissions should include your full name, good quality digital images, the title of the art, medium, dimensions and art work descriptions.

Call for submissions deadline: October 5th

Submit to: