This is part of the group of people that participated in the "Dia Internacional de la Mujer" or International Woman's Day (am I saying that right?) held by the literary/arts group called "Enero Rojo Lunar" at the San Juan Memorial Library. That lady on the second seat from the left is Raquel Lopez the founder and organizer of the group events. Enero Rojo Lunar...what does it mean? I don't have a clue. But Raquel is the type of person who is talkative, sociable, welcoming if you have questions. Maybe you can ask her yourself one day.
That's me in the third tier. The one dominated by the two giants. I am the one with the light brown skin...the one with the black coat...hmm, the one with the open collar shirt...no, not the one to your right but the one on your left. I am Gabriel H. Sanchez. a.k.a. Benjamin. "Artistic" name. I was invited to this event by my friend and colleague Raquel Lopez. I got to be honest here, I am not a big fan of social events. So whenever I am invited to gigs like this one, I think long and hard. There are several reasons. One, I got two kids I have to get watched by trusted people for a couple of hours. Two, I got a butt-load of writing and other work to do like EVERY SINGLE DAY, so I much rather spend evenings working. Even on weekends. Three, maybe I'm becoming a grumpy old man...that would be cool, uh-huhu. But I have to say that I was pleased to participate in this event tonight, March 13, 2015.
I won't go into the details of who exactly read or who performed what because this was a three hour event, folks. Suffice it to say that there was poetry reading, performance poetry (not read off a sheet of paper but off the top of the head, the best), singing, dancing, artwork on display, and I think some dramatic performance (I had the occasional phone call to sneak out to answer). This was not the first of this kind of event that I have attended. But whenever I do, I never cease to be amazed at the turn out. Always a full house.
I remember holding poetry readings and having nowhere near the numbers of people coming in and still we'd be claiming a huge success when we saw more than three in the crowd. I supposed there is good reason for that. This kind of event organized by Enero Rojo Lunar is nothing like a simple poetry reading. They are so different, they're a different species of literary/art group. I recommend people checking it out. You won't regret it. You'll be pleasantly surprised by the vitality and dynamicity that the line-up of people end up creating almost as if by design. The truth is, it is the love and enthusiasm for the arts and literature that is contagious and everyone who ends up participating brings out their "A" game. Especially if you get to see me in action you know you're in for a treat. L.O.L. Yeah, I went there. I implemented the use of a generic abbreviation of the social network type. Deal with it. :p
Gabriel H. Sanchez is an author, poet, actor, editor, and publisher from the Rio Grande Valley.
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