The Lion & The Pirate Unplugged with Joseph Huerta

May 20, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

In association with VSA Texas (The State Organization on Arts and Disability) and the Pen2Paper Creative Writing Contest (a project of the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities), we’re delighted to present an inclusive (mic-less) open mic for writers and musicians. Join us for a fun and friendly evening suitable for performers of all ages and abilities.

This month, as well as our Open Mic, we have a special guest, author and brain injury survivor Joseph Huerta.

Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Joseph Huerta is a graduate of the Plan II Program and the School of Law at the University of Texas, Austin. His memoir, Broken Brain: Surviving a Traumatic Brain Injury, was published in 2014 and chronicled his firsthand experience of his near-fatal brain injury and subsequent recovery. La Roja is Huerta’s debut novel.

La Roja is a suspenseful, coming-of-age narrative set in McAllen, South Texas, along the Mexican border. This captivating novel explores the complexity of this distinct landscape—both its culture, religion, and illicit drug activity—through the unexpected romance of two high school students, Paco and Nancy. The author tells the whimsical story of the couple’s first meeting and subsequent courtship, and later the challenging collision of their beliefs. A recent immigrant who has fled the dangerous drug-trade activities of her extended family in Laredo, Texas, Nancy is a loyal follower of Santa Muerta, the Catholic folk saint. Paco is a dedicated altar server at the Catholic Church and is being groomed by his mentors to enter the seminary after graduation. No surprisingly, these plans take a turn after he meets Nancy.

Footage from previous Lion & Pirate open mic events can be seen here:

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