Self Sabotage Records presents The Canción Cannibal Cabaret, a punk rock musical written by Tejana artist/writer/activist Amalia Ortiz and poetry readings by members of Chicon Street Poets. An early show at Hotel Vegas, come celebrate diversity, action & punk rock!
Saturday, 18 November
• The Canción Cannibal Cabaret, a punk rock musical, is concept album meets live radio play. Focused on the theme of revolution and inspired by current issues of social injustice, the show, set in a not-so-distant dystopian future, is a refugee, POC, feminist, LGBTQ call to action. After an environmental apocalypse, a refugee raised under an oppressive State, «La Madre Valiente» studies secretly to become the leader of a feminist revolution. While the revolutionary figure remains in hiding, her emissaries, Las Hijas de la Madre, roam the land telling her story, educating others, and enlisting allies in revolution.
Amalia Ortiz was the first Latina to reach the National Poetry Slam finals and has been featured on Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry on HBO. Her first book of poetry, Rant. Chant. Chisme., was published in 2015 by Wings Press. Learn more about Amalia Ortiz at amaliaortiz.net
• Chicon Street Poets is a nonprofit literary arts organization where writers can share & encourage the development of their craft while engaging the community through poetry, arts enrichment services and events.
The three readers representing Chicon Street Poets are Sam Treviño, James Walker and Joe Brundidge.
Sam Treviño, Chicon Street Poets Journal Director, is a freelance writer, reporter, editor, and poet transplanted from Austin, Texas. He is Director and Lead Editor of the Chicon Street Poets Journal, founder and organizer of Fresh Meat Poets Showcase, former Editorial Contributor for Paper Darts Magazine, and a former Contributing Writer for DigBoston and has been published by Paper Darts, DigBoston, and the 2012 Greater Boston Intercollegiate Undergraduate Poetry Festival chapbook.
His debut chapbook, Werewolf Mask, was released by The Weekly Weird Monthly in 2016. If given the chance, he will talk your ear off about the nutritional benefits of avocados. His heart is that of a sentimental luchador.
James Walker, Chicon Street Poets Journal Editor, is a writer and social worker hiding out in Austin. He attended UT for an undergraduate degree in English and Sociology and a Masters of Social Work. James has been published in and worked on several poetry journals. You can find him sneaking around an open mic, slinging his poetry.
Joe Brundidge is an author, host, and public speaker living in Austin, Texas. Brundidge has hosted a number of open mic events for nearly 20 years, to include his own show, Spoken&Heard, at Kick Butt Coffee.
Brundidge is currently a co-host of KOOP 91.7's Writing On the Air He also served as the Director of the Austin International Poetry Festival for three years, from 2012-2015.
Joe Brundidge's debut book of poetry, Element 615, is available at local shops and online.