Join us for an intimate reading and discussion with author, artist and cultural worker Lorraine Garcia-Nakata at Galería de la Raza, one of San Francisco’s iconic arts and cultural organizations. Lorraine will read excerpts from her book and will also include two other SF literary artists who will read excerpts from her newly published work: “Children’s Stories for Adults.”
Appetizers and beverages will be provided during the book sale and book signing segment of the program. Looking forward to seeing you!
Children’s Stories for Adults
Children’s Stories for Adults is a collection of poems celebrating the literary voice of Lorraine García-Nakata. Her poems are personal, celebrating her childhood along with present day friends and a civil rights icon. Yet, they give credence to a larger truth regarding the wisdom learned by children as they navigate the love and trauma of their experiences. Her poems validate the importance of memory; of a child’s ability to perceive and process deep truths and being able to draw on these truths as guiding principles much later in life. With her gift of crafting words into poems, Garcia-Nakata honors the key persons and experiences that helped shape her. More importantly, Children’s Stories for Adults utilizes words to conjure vivid visions of an innate strength borne out of listening to youthful inner voices.
García-Nakata is one in a long line of writers who have chosen poetry to express their personal creativity and to delve into deeper truths. A noted visual artist and founding member of the Royal Chicano Air Force (RCAF), Lorraine Garcia-Nakata is also musician and writer..––Terezita Romo, Historian & Curator
About the RCAF: The Royal Chicano Air Force produced major works of visual art, poetry, prose, music, and performance during the second half of the twentieth century and first decades of the twenty-first. Materializing in Sacramento, California, in 1969 and established between 1970 and 1972, the RCAF helped redefine the meaning of artistic production and artwork to include community engagement projects such as breakfast programs, community art classes, and political and labor activism. The collective's work has contributed significantly both to Chicano/a civil rights activism and to Chicano/a art history, literature, and culture.––Dr. Ella Maria Díaz