Cleverly mixing humor with social commentary, award-winning Salvadoran American poet harold terezón shares a collection of his favorite poems exploring family, love, and identity. The cultures of El Salvador and the United States are woven throughout his tales yet masterfully written with universal appeal.

Join Pochino Press, harold and guest readers for this book launch at Octopus Literary Lounge in Oakland. This is a free event and drinks and food are available for purchase. 

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harold terezón is a poet from Pacoima, CA, dedicated to helping youth find their voice through poetry and writing. As a WritersCorps’ Teaching Artist, harold has worked with students in San Francisco’s Mission and Ingleside Districts, and with the help of PEN in the Classroom he has also worked with students in Los Angeles’ Pico Union and San Fernando. harold was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and awarded the PEN USA Emerging Voices Fellowship in 2006 and the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan Literary Award in 2013. His work has appeared in POECOLOGY, Puerto del Sol, PALABRA, Rushing Waters Rising Dreams: How the Arts Are Transforming a Community, The Acentos Review, A Feather Floating on the Water: Poetry for Our Children, and Strange Cargo, among other publications. harold has taught the Poetry for the People class at City College of San Francisco and courses on study strategies for academic success at University of California, Berkeley.

Guest Readers:
Amira Ali is a creative artist, poet, cultural documenter and writer. She focuses on expanding the creative language by incorporating practices in poetry, sound, creative writing, and visual media.

MK Chavez is a writer and a champion of public health and social justice. She is the author of Virgin Eyes, Mothermorphosis, and Dear Animal, (Nomadic Press) which will be released in October 2016. Chavez is co-founder/curator of the reading series Lyrics & Dirges, and the co-director of the Berkeley Poetry Festival. She has been a fellow at VONA, Squaw Valley Writers Workshop, and Antioch Writers Workshop. Chavez received a 2016 Alameda County Arts Leadership Award. Recent and upcoming work can be found in Story Magazine, Aspasiology, and Foglifter. 

Norman Antonio Zelaya is a writer born and raised in SF, CA. He has published fiction in several publications, most recently in Apogee Journal, and was a finalist for the Zoetrope: All-Story contest in 2015. He teaches Special Education in SFUSD and lives in the Mission.