Sam Houston State University

Hispanic Heritage Month Craft Talk, Poetry Slam & Reading with Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo

Co-hosted by the SHSU MFA Program in Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing; College of Humanities and Social Sciences Diversity & Inclusion Committee; and Let’s Get Loud!


3:30-4:45p Building Literary Community: a Craft Talk with Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, Austin Hall

5PM Hispanic Heritage Month Poetry Slam, hosted by Let’s Get Loud!, Austin Hall

What is Slam Poetry? Slam is a competition style poetry reading which gives us an opportunity to express our art through a nontraditional method. Poets engage with the audience to make it entertaining and competitive. Simply put, it’s a fun way to experience spoken word poetry because this isn’t just any old quiet poetry reading: this is Let’s Get Loud!, snap, clap, or stomp respectfully if you hear words or lines that strike a chord with you. Our poets will be judged based on performance, their words, and their connection to the audience. 

The slam will feature spoken word and slam poets in a competition-style poetry slam (for less than 3 minutes each), with guest judges and prizes for the winners.

There will be two rounds of poetry slam, so poets should bring two poems up to three minutes each. Everyone will compete in the first round; the top contenders will move to the second round. The top three winners will get prizes. You do not have to be Hispanic/Latinx to sign-up to slam, but your poems should be on the theme of Hispanic heritage. There are 10 slots available for poets. Poets can sign up to participate by contacting Dr. Ching-In Chen at ching-in@shsu.eduor 936-294-1944. For more information on Let's Get Loud!, contact Niko Smith at or 979-218-6642.

6PM Poetry and Prose Reading featuring Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, Austin Hall

7PM Book Signing & Reception, Austin Hall


Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo is the author of 'Posada: Offerings of Witness and Refuge' (Sundress Publications 2016), and former Steinbeck Fellow, Poets & Writers California Writers Exchange winner and Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grantee. Bermejo is a first generation Chicana born and raised in San Gabriel, California, who fondly remembers weekends spent haciendo traviesos with her cousins around her grandparents’ Boyle Heights home.

She’s received residencies from Hedgebrook and Ragdale Foundation and is a member of the Macondo Writers’ Workshop. Her work is published in 'Acentos Review,' 'CALYX,' 'crazyhorse,' and 'The James Franco Review' among others.

In Los Angeles, she is a cofounder of Women Who Submit, a literary organization using social media and community events to empower women authors to submit work for publication, and curates the quarterly reading series HITCHED.

'Posada: Offerings of Witness and Refuge' is a feminist collection of poetry straddling borders, and arose when daughter of Mexican immigrants, Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, traveled from Los Angeles to the Tucson-Sector of the U.S.-Mexico border in August 2011 to volunteer with the humanitarian aid organization, No More Deaths. She hoped to gain a concrete understanding of the “wall,” and the result was a book illustrating a speaker driven to activism by a need to honor her family’s journey.

Monday, October 9, 2017 at 3:30pm to 8:00pm

Austin Hall

Event Type

Lectures, Arts & Culture, Open to the Public, Student Events, Student Organizations


College of Humanities and Social Sciences, English Department




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