Tammy Gomez / Emcee, a Chicana Tejana from Fort Worth is an award winning spoken word artist/activist, playwright and multimedia performer with over 20 years of experience in producing, directing, and hosting literary performance events.A “literary artist with an attitude that is entertaining, raucous and doesn't respect boundaries," she is also recognized for work as a grassroots organizer, a social critic and community activist.
Denise McVea, a noted journalist and writer from San Antonio, has worked with the Huichol Indians in Real de Catorce, San Luis Potosi, Mexico as part of her work as executive director of the Auris Project. Challenging notions of Texas womanhood and the role women of color played in Texas history, as well as Texas history, itself, she wrote, Making Myth of Emily published by the Auris Project.
Nadine Saliba was born and raised in Lebanon, and attended the University of Beirut. She immigrated to San Antonio, Texas in 1993. Nadine was politicized from an early age being part of the war generation of Lebanon that left an indelible imprint that is reflected in her writing and analysis of current events in the Middle East. A frequent contributor to La Voz de Esperanza, she has recently begun her own column, Daughter of Scherazade.
Kiawitl Xochitl, is an MC/vocalist who has been instrumental in Houston's underground music foundation for the past decade. She represents Texas native roots in conscious hip hop across the Southwest United States as a dynamic vocalist bringing her unique Chicana/Native Soul sound. She focuses on maintaining the ancient traditions of the Olmeca, Azteca and Mayan indigenous cultures and in raising her children within those traditions.
Rosa Alicia Clemente, a black Puerto Rican grassroots community organizer, is a journalist and Hip Hop activist who was the 2008 Vice-Presidential candidate with the GREEN PARTY. A featured speaker, panelist, and political commentator all over the U. S., Rosa is also founder of Know Thy Self Productions, a speaker's bureau for young people of color that consults on issues such as Hip Hop activism, media justice, voter education, third party politics, intercultural relations and immigrant rights. She is currently working on her first book, When A Puerto Rican Woman Ran For Vice-President and Nobody Knew Her Name. She resides in the South Bronx, with her husband and daughter.
Lucina Martinez & My Le – My Le, a Vietnamese immigrant, and Lucy Martinez, a Mexican immigrant, are young UTSA students who participated as hunger strikers and organizers around the DREAM ACT throughout 2010. Both, also, identify as queer women. Lucy, a Women’s Studies major, traveled to DC to present her case when the DREAM ACT was being heard in the legislature. My Le, a double major in Women’s Studies and Psychology, was among those arrested last year at the DREAM ACT sit-in at Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison’s office.
Las Jaraneras de Tejas are a colectivo of musicians, artists, singers, creative artists, and dancers who also play Son Jarocho, atraditional music form from Veracruz, Mexico, melded from African, Spanish, and Indigenous cultures as a form of survival & a resistance to colonial control. The jaraneras are from various places in Tejas ( RGV, San Antonio, Austin, Waco, Denton) and came together to collectively fandangear for comunidad y consciencia.
Azul, a popular vocalist/guitarist/jaranera and songwriter from Mexico City grew up listening to traditional Latin American folk music and stories handed down from her parents and grandparents. In addition to the traditional influences of Mexican and Latin American music her music incorporates jazz, blues and music of the Caribbean. She is an artist in residence at the Esperanza Center in San Antonio with her monthly Noche Azul concert series.