Voz Sin Tinta, San Francisco’s longest running bilingual reading series, held its four-year anniversary last Thursday that drew almost 50 people into a small bookstore in the Mission.
The reading series, which focuses on representing the diverse voices and experiences that make up the City, is held every second Thursday of the month at Alley Cat Books, located at 3036 24th St. in the Mission.
According to René Vazquez, Voz Sin Tinta’s founder and co-curator along with Margaret Muñoz, the reading series strives to serve the literary communities of people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and people of all ages.
“Spaces like these are very limited today in a time when people of color and LGBTQ bodies are being censored physically and sometimes permanently,” said Vazquez.
It is also difficult for voices from these communities to break through in a literary scene that often does not
“May times community members are discouraged from taking a chance on their writing because they think stories from their narrative and perspective don’t exist,” Vazquez said.
“Voz Sin Tinta can serve as that mode of self-expression,” he said.
Oakland’s Nomadic Press was invited to co-curate Thursday’s anniversary reading, and five of the press’s writers read new and older pieces.
Voz Sin Tinta is held every second Thursday of the month and starts at 6:30 p.m. Audience members can sign up to read if they desire.