Posts Tagged ‘workshops’

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.


My Girls by Paola Beas

In blogging, life, los angeles, social work, spoken word, women, writing, writing workshops, youth on October 6, 2011 at 12:17 pm

(Paola participated in the Wild Womyn Writers workshop & open mic at Corazon del Pueblo in Boyle Heights, California as part of the tour in early September 2011.)

Social Worker & Founder of Empowered Butterfly

Paola Beas received her Bachelors Degree at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in Gender, Ethnicity and Multicultural Studies with a concentration in Chican@/Latin@ Studies and a minor in Spanish. She has worked along and advocated for “vulnerable” populations such as the LGBTQ community, those living with HIV/AIDS, sexual abuse survivors, field workers, & the Mental Health population. Paola received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California in May 2011.

Paola began an empowerment women’s support group at the comfort of her home called Empowered Butterfly in September 2010. Empowered Butterfly’s current project is starting Mentoring Program for young women at Garey High School in Pomona, CA. Paola also facilitates a sexual abuse group twice a month in her home. She is inspired by staying connected to peoples life experiences. Paola writes to free her mind & speak her truth as a way to model to others that we are not alone.

My Girls

I am a single woman with 9 girls and for my girls I pray. They range from 2 months old through 10 years of age. All going through difficult times and looking forward to better days.

At 11 days old, her Mother chose drugs and rage over the bond between them.


At 1 year old, she can already identify her pleasure spot. I wonder if she has been molested and if her constant tears are her way to communicate her pain.


At 2 years old she inserts objects down there and screams “Fuck You!”


At 3 years old, she is being touched by her 5 year old sister who was sexually abused by random men who invaded her valuable vagina. With their dirty hands they affected the life of an innocent child, only to continue this vicious cycle.


My 9 year old diagnosed ADHD and ODD. She cries, laughs, bounces, and runs away all within a 5 minute span.


I am a single woman with 9 girls and for my girls I pray. So that society doesn’t look down on them and label them as hoes, sluts, drug-addicts, low lives. So that they find a way to cope and stay away from the needles, alcohol, cutting, and suicide attempts.

If only people understood that what we wish most as children is to be nurtured by our natural parents. And that when there is a disruption we seek to sooth ourselves through masturbation, OCD, control, over achievement, substance abuse, cutting, food, sex.

I trust that the time I spend with them I can model consistency, love, trust, kindness. Remembering how many people have walked out of their lives, how many new homes they had to call home. How confused they were when the people who were supposed to keep them safe disrupted their lives forever.

I am a single woman.

I am a Foster Care Social Worker and for my girls I pray.

Because I will never know what happened to them, so I trust that my prayer will send comfort their way.