Location: UNLV Center for Social Justice, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89154
Streamed: Facebook Live
Produced by: Las Lunas Locas
Labor Day weekend will be packed and hot and this is exactly why Las Lunas Locas, a community of self-identified womyn who write, right and rite, continue their epic Southwest Tour in Sin City.
Come. Hear our dedication, our determination, our fierce words and truths. Some of us are funny, others are intensely feroious. Come. Share your truth. Be with us. Wish us well.
We hope community members will come out and show us what all the glitz and glam is all about.
Anabel Granados I am a Unicorn.
A woman of many shapes, colors, and emotions.
Singer, translator, fighter, writer.
Latina, Crossfit athlete, Mensan, Steeldoll.
Advocate for peace, love, unity and light.
I have finally found my voice… and it’s time.
Thank you Lunas Locas for letting me share my journey with you.
Get to know me at:
Kim Pistilli is a middle school teacher who explores the possibilities for creating social and racial justice alongside her students. Her educational journey for empowerment began at UC Santa Cruz and includes her recent Master’s degree in Education. Kim is also a lifetime beginner in Zumba and Boxing and continually seeks spaces that support both a revolution within herself as well as a societal revolution. Kim writes to understand the most complex parts of herself, her past and her hurt as well as to promote her own radical healing and growth.
Lilia Lukowsky leads a double life as a poet and scientist. Growing up in Ukraine, she was fascinated with the works of great Russian poets of the past two centuries such as Alexander Pushkin, Anna Akhmatova, Marina Tsvetaeva and many others. She started writing poetry as a teenager. Her first poems were written in Russian and explored a sad reality of a teenage girl without a boyfriend. Tragically, they were forever lost. After arriving in Los Angeles as a Jewish refugee from the former Soviet Union, Lilia’s poetry has transitioned from Russian to English and broadened tremendously since her teenage years. Her evolution from knowing virtually no English and living in a homogeneous Russian-speaking community, to becoming a Luna and living in one of the most diverse communities in the world have inspired and motived her poetry which addresses social and environmental justice, empowerment of women, against anti-Semitism, racism, and misogyny. Lilia’s experiences as a Russian Jewish immigrant, were featured in short stories “Price to Pay” and “My Son’s Turn” that were part of the staged reading of “Past & Present: Russian Jewish American Stories” performed by the Jewish Women’s Theater in November 2015. In her other life, Lilia is an epidemiologist working for the Veterans Administration on issues related to health outcomes and utilization of health services in Veteran populations during and after natural disasters. Her inspiration to pursue a career in Public Health came from the Chernobyl accident and the needless suffering it inflicted on Ukrainian people. Lilia Lukowsky received a PhD in Epidemiology and a Masters in Public Health from UCLA. She lives in Los Angeles with her partner, 2 human and 2 feline children.
Mariella Sanchez, a native of Mexico, D.F., grew up in Las Vegas, NV and attended UNLV completing her degree in Human Services Counseling in 2008. She has been part of Las Lunas Locas for almost 2 years and has learned to use her writing as a form of healing. Mariella currently lives in Los Angeles, CA where she works at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, providing case management services to HIV+ youth. In her spare time, Mariella likes to explore the wonders of craft beer, and spends time at La Monarca Bakery trying to get through hours for homework so she can finally finish her master’s program in Organizational Leadership.
MujerAgua Luna aka Nancy Olmos is a Queer Xicana Bibliotecaria (Librarian) born and raised in South East Los Angeles. She now calls Long Beach home; where she and her pitbull, Luna, share a casita. She enjoys making loose leaf tea blends, reading stories written by people of color, writes erotica and pieces about heartbreak and loves cooking (especially vegetarian and vegan Mexican meals.)
Sandra Gutierrez is a proud LA native, daughter of Mexican migrant parents and auntie of 2. She is an LA based social worker who is passionate about children’s education, access to health care, her community and social justice. When she’s not joining Las Lunas Locas, you can find her out in nature conquering hikes, practicing archery or looking for the best pizza in town. She joined Las Lunas Locas over 2 years ago and is eternally grateful to have found such an amazing and inspiring group of womyn.
Sophia Rivera is a Chicana writer, scholar and educator from Northwest Pasadena. A proud Luna Loca, she is also the co-facilitator of Las Lunas Locas. Sophia believes in the sacred power of telling stories, Selenas Forevers, that lunas locas are magic, and poetry saves lives.
We will have anthologies for purchase ($20 cash or Venmo/Paypal).
You can follow our epic road trip by following us on Instagram: @LasLunasLocas