In March 2014, San Antonio’s Inaugural Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla staged a production entitled “San Antonio, Mi Pueblo” at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, the culminating event in her poet laureate signature series. As part of this production, she commissioned local composer and percussionist George Cisneros of URBAN-15 to write a soundtrack that would allow her to weave her original works alongside those of the collaborating poets. The 13 poets who participated in that 2014 production became the backbone of URBAN-15’s Mega Corazon, an annual poetry marathon featuring San Antonio’s premiere performance poets. Mega Corazon is live-streamed online to local, regional, and global audiences, using URBAN-15’s studio and three-camera Tricaster system.
This year’s Mega Corazon will take place on Thursday, April 6th. Celebrating a hybrid San Antonio poetic tradition that combines street, classical, and slam performance styles, Mega Corazon is frontal, improvisational, at times painful, and often choreographed for a highly visual impact. While this year’s lineup is still in progress, poets confirmed to date include former state poet laureates Carmen Tafolla and Rosemary Catacalos; San Antonio poet laureate Jenny Browne; internationally recognized writers Naomi Shihab Nye and John Phillip Santos; poetry slam champion Anthony “The Poet” Flores; Wings Press publisher Bryce Milligan; Jazz Poets founder Eduardo Garza, spoken word artist Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson, and talented San Antonio poets Eddie Vega, Natalia Trevino, and Jacinto Cardona.
San Antonio is a city of stories. For over 300 years we have been telling ourselves who we are through verse, dance, theater, and art. Now, with the power of streaming technology, Mega Corazon connects San Antonio’s most renowned performance poets to a world-wide, cross-platform arts community, continuing URBAN-15’s efforts to use alternative technologies to address disparities in access to the arts both locally and globally. Online access will be open without a fee or password through the URBAN-15 website at https://urban15.org/live-stream/