Native Tongues seeks to include various writers from cross-cultural experiences and writing traditions for a night of exposure, music and entertainment. This season will feature dancers, d.j.'s, salsa bands, and writers from San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego.
The program coordinator is Adrian Arancibia. He, along with the help of Jason Edmonds and Rodrigo Toscano, have worked hard to gather together writers from different writing traditions. The coordinator has asked a cross-sectional grouping of poets to perform the first Saturday of every month.
Each night is scheduled to start at 7:30pm. Music will open the night, while an emcee (usually dropping a poem) introduces each of the poets. The music will also be interspersed as a backdrop during transition times. The readings will continue for about an hour. After the readings audience members will be allowed to stay to listen to the music and the dancers presented. This will be a time for audience members to gain insight into the writers performing and about the El Campo RUSE itself.
The Native Tongues poetry series gives the greater San Diego / Tijuana region an opportunity to listen and interact with California's finest emerging poets and writers. Also featured will be musical performances by some of the freshest faces in California, including Christina Garcia, Raul Gonzales, Angel Navarez, Fermin Gonzales and d.j. Damon Bell. Literary cliques, ethnic and class boundaries will be overcome with native tongues... a multi-ethnic grouping of over fourteen writers and musicians on four nights during the months of February, March, April, and May. All readings will take place at the El Campo Ruse Theatre within the re-inCarnation art complex. The address is 940 16th Avenue, in Downtown San Diego.