Mega Corazon

The 3rd annual Mega Corazon is a nine-hour poetry marathon that features San Antonio's best spoken word artists, performing live in our studio and webcast on our website at https://urban15.org/live-stream/.

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. Curated by Tafolla, 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 28 from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. 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/ . In this way, a poet in the hand is worth more than two in the book!

This year, URBAN-15 is fortunate to have funding that allows us to outreach specifically to area high schools and middle schools, and the first three hours of the performance (1-4 p.m.) will be youth-focused. Educators interested in accessing Mega Corazon for their students—or any other interested group—should contact us at events@urban15.org or 210-736-1500.

Poets confirmed so far for the 2016 Mega Corazon include Tafolla; current San Antonio Poet Laureate Jenny Browne; spoken word and hip hop artist Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson; father/daughter slam poetry champions Anthony “The Poet” Flores and Amanda Flores; Jazz Poets of San Antonio founder Eduardo Garza; conjunto masters Juan and Armando Tejeda; Wings Press editor Bryce Milligan; award-winning poet Naomi Shihab Nye; Eddie Vega; Francis Trevino Santos; Victoria Garcia Zapata Klein; Mariana Aitches; and Jesse Cardona.

For more information, performance videos, and biographies of poets selected for previous productions of Mega Corazon, please visit our websites at urban15.org and megacorazon.com.