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Austin Wild Womyn Writers

In austin, blogging, Free event, life, sarah rafael garcia, spoken word, women, writing, writing workshops on March 6, 2012 at 9:22 am

Workshops & Open Mics
Come to Share, Empower & Celebrate Womyn!

(Workshops & open mics by donation only, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.)

We started in Women’s Month & go through Mother’s Day!



8-12am Friday, March 18 @ Orun Cener $5 suggested donation
New address for location: 1720 E. 12th Street (@ corner of Salina St.), Austin, TX 78702

Special Event: CommUNITY Open Mic & Performances
Bringing together all artists to join our Womyn on the open mic as a final celebration in honor of Mother’s Day & all Womyn.

Youth Artist BTP opening the mic!

Featured Guest Performance:

YOLANDA “YOLI” ZAPATA-Violence surrounded Zapata when she was growing up. It first touched her mother; helpless to the statistics. Zapata became a number before she could fully comprehend she was a human being. She had to overcome challenges like growing up with single mother, the death of multiple friends, a sibling with special needs, police brutality, and teen parenthood. Zapata used her experiences to break the silence on difficult issues, helping herself and others heal. As a child, it was through hip hop that she was able to understand creative expression. Combining life experiences and the desire to change the world, Zapata has been able to use beats and rhymes as a tool for empowerment. The only femcee in the hip hop group P.U.B.L.I.C. O.F.F.E.N.D.E.R.S. a group recognized for speaking out about all types of oppression. Blessed to work with male emcees (who are also lifelong friends) that are not afraid to share the spotlight with a female. She works with teens in the Boys and Girls Clubs in the Austin area through my position at a local domestic violence prevention and resource center. Zapata is part of the nation’s Start Strong Initiative- a collaboration of school and community partners working together promote safe and healthy teen relationships and prevent teen dating abuse. She has shared her personal journey of surviving domestic violence in order to help others. She also works with A Call To Men, to galvanize a national movement of men committed to ending violence and discrimination against women and girls. Zapata is an advisor to both The CIpher-Austin’s Hip Hop Project and the Ortralla Mosley Foundation. Through the universal language of music, she continues to do so. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 7 year old daughter, named after Aaliyah’s( RIP ) sunrise and sunset.

Previous Workshops & Open Mics:

3:30-5:30pm Sunday, March 11 – Writing Workshop
@ Orun Center 1401 b Cedar Ave, Austin, TX 78702

7-9pm Wednesday, March 21 – Writing Workshop
@ MonkeyWrench Books: (512) 407-6925
110 East North Loop Boulevard Austin, TX 78751

3:30-6:30pm Sunday, March 25 @ Orun Center
Special Event: Potluck Open Mic – $5 suggested donation
Sharing Food & Words in Honor of Womyn:
open to all womyn & supportive friends & families

Author, Sarah Rafael García, and musician, Joanna Saucedo, will present new collaborative, Chicana works that weave in oral storytelling, spoken word, Son Jarocho and Americana music.


3:30-5:30pm Sunday, April 1 – Writing Workshop @ Orun Center

7-9pm Wednesday, April 18 – Writing Workshop @ MonkeyWrench Books

3:30-6:30pm Sunday, April 22 @ Orun Center
Special Event: Potluck Open Mic – $5 suggested donation
Sharing Food & Words in Honor of Womyn:
open to all womyn & supportive friends & families

Mujeres Morenas is a small group of Latina writers/poetas meeting regularly to write, share, and participate in literary related events. The three of us, Gloria Amescua, Lydia Armendáriz, and Anjela Villarreal Ratliff, are former educators whose works have appeared in various publications.  We strive to add our voices to the community canto.








RSVP to workshops or sign up for open mic by email at sarah@sarahrafaelgarcia.com or on Facebook or call 323-972-6980.


“One Sentence Story – Conceptualizing Our Lives”

In blogging, life, One Sentence Story, writing on June 24, 2010 at 3:33 am

A group writing exercise!

Wild Womyn Writers were asked to bring some personal photos/items, magazine pics or a reprint of their favorite artist! Then we summed up our lives in one sentence!

Group viewed a picture of a person riding a skateboard with a young child.

“I felt 10 feet tall when daddy took me by the hand.” — Charlene

“Whether the toddler with proper headgear likes it or not,
he and Dad are off to the movie theater, sans car.”–Gianna

“Together we traveled the world on four small wheels.” –Charlene

“Skateboarding big brother introduces little brother,
Jeremy, to carless carpooling”
— Gianna

“His fears melted away, when our hands touched.” — Charlene
Photo of a young women dressed up in a limo:
“Clouds and trees are a blur from the inside of the limousine, but she is grounded in her
Red summer dress and glittering earrings…embracing the night ahead.” –Gianna

An artistic portrait of writer Pablo Neruda:
“His eyes spoke of the pain his lips were unable to utter.” — Charlene
“I wept, I begged; but he looked right through my soul
and walked out of my heart.”
— Charlene

The visual was a small bottle of holy water:
“Sprinkled to the wind, 0.6 ounces worth of her
comings and goings, hopes and oh my gods.”

Hey You!

In blogging, writing on May 20, 2010 at 5:51 pm

by Brenda G.,
Rants & Spoken Word Workshop

Hey you, look at me! Why haven’t you liked my status?
When will you validate what I have to say?

Hey you, update! I need to know what you’re doing, help me investigate.
What sort of causes and what sorts of shows must I like today?

Hey you, comment on my picture! Why don’t you show that you love us?
I need the affirmation of your admiration, hey you, respond to my declaration!
When will you tag me and show me I am relevant?

Hey you, don’t you see I like what you’re doin and sayin,
That I want you to be doin and sayin it to me?

Hey you, poke me! Haven’t you seen that I’ve poked you to?
Don’t you see, I am only as valuable as your tags, likes, pokes, and comments?

So, hey you, why don’t you facebook!