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Maya is a Central American poet-performer, filmmaker, and activist-scholar. A two-spirited humble diva, this renaissance woman has enjoyed organizing events and showcasing artists who investigate and celebrate the intersection of politics, media and art over the past ten years.

She has presented her academic work, performed poetry and theater, as well as given workshops in writing, performance and video production on both coasts and sevaral wonderful places in between.

She is a founding member of Las Manas Tres and has performed as a part of Epicentro Poets, La Peña Popular Theater Ensemble,End-Dependence, and Rainbow Theater in such places as pupuserias, cafes, theaters and ivory towers.

Some of the places she's performed are UC Berkeley, La Peña Cultural Center, Galeria de la Raza, Making Changes Freedom School, SFSU, SJSU, CSUMB, CSULB, UC Santa Cruz, UC Davis, UCLA, IMIX Bookstore, Espresso Mi Cultura, East LA Community College, Teatro Campesino, Mama’s Hot Tamales, Cornell University, Columbia University, Mills College, University of Massachusettes, University of Maryland, Taller Puerto-Riqueño, Luna-Sol Café, CASA 0101, Modern Times, Highways Performance Space, some conferences and that one time at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe open mic.

She has a BA in Latin American and Latino Studies from UCSC, and a Masters in Communications, Radio and Television at SFSU but has learned the most roaming the streets with her students and borrowed cameras teaching video production& media justice. As well as directing ’MADE IN BRAZIL: Dreams at Work, she directed THE LAST WORD about Las Manas, a fierce women of color spoken word crew, and she also associate produced the award winning documentary Reading Between the Rhymes, about the use of hip hop in education. Recently she produced, shot and edited the videos for the live theater show Amor Cubano: In a bottle, a tube and a small packet.
Currently Maya is editing a collection of U.S. central american poetry and is working on her MFA in creative writing at Mills College.

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At 3:04pm on December 19, 2009, Victoria Delgadillo said…


In March 2010, there will be a series of events in Mexico City, Mexico, Los Angeles, California, and other cities, meant to be a ritual of mourning for the femicides in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua: Art as a pathway of opposition and resistance to violence.

We invite you to be part of this initiative of art activism. Below is the link to the blog we have dedicated to this and where you will find the Call for Entries. This invitation is open to all individuals, groups, organizations, artists and activists. The events in March 2010 will include awareness raising creative workshops, intervention actions, plays and performances and the exhibition of the art work received through the call for entries and the resulting art from the workshops.

For those who do not live in Mexico City or Los Angeles metropolitan areas, we invite you to organize your own community activity during the same month of March, 2010. It could be an Art Exhibit, a book discussion, a movie screening, a poetry reading, etc. We ask you to include the original title of this event “A Prayer for Juarez,” and to send us your schedule, and later on, photos and documentation, to be included in the blog.

To include your event, or for any kind of issue related, please write to us:
In the US:
In Mexico:

Creating protest art transcends culture and gender. We are united in a larger community of like-minds and humanitarian goals. We thank you in advance for your dedication and your prayers for the women of Ciudad Juarez. NI UNA MAS!

At 12:57pm on October 23, 2009, maya christina smith-gonzalez said…
thank you.
i like cuts deep.
i went to school to become a poet
and accidentally picked up a brush.
your work is lovely.
At 1:55pm on January 13, 2009, milta said…
Yeah! Now we have a new space to be homies in.
At 1:03pm on January 13, 2009, Maria Sanchez said…
Hi Maya! Welcome to ABLA network :)

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