NATIONAL POETRY MONTH
URBAN-15 presents the 4th annual Mega Corazon, a nine-hour poetry marathon performed live in our studio and livestreamed globally via our online broadcasting system.
Mega Corazon began in 2014 following a production called “San Antonio, Mi Pueblo,” staged by inaugural San Antonio Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla as 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 performers who participated became the backbone of URBAN-15’s Mega Corazon, a now-annual performance featuring the best in South Texas-based spoken word. Mega Corazon celebrates a hybrid poetic tradition that combines street, classical, and slam performance styles for a production that is frontal, improvisational, at times painful, and choreographed for a highly visual impact.
Part of National Poetry Month activities, this year's Mega Corazon will take place on Thursday, April 6th from 1pm-10pm. Performances are filmed live in the URBAN-15 studio and, for those based locally, can be viewed in person. For those unable to attend or outside San Antonio, URBAN-15 will also stream Mega Corazon live, online, and in real time via our internet broadcasting system. This livestream is accessible across multiple platforms—from computers to tablets to gaming systems to smart phones—and free of charge via our website at http://urban15.org/live-stream/ on April 6th. In this way, a poet in the hand is worth more than two in the book!
The first three hours of the performance (1-4pm) will be geared toward young people in high schools and middle schools throughout the region. If you work with youth in any capacity and would like to bring Mega Corazon to your school or organization, please let us know—we can assist with tech set up! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (210) 736-1500 for more info.