World Slam Poetry Champion and Dallas native Joaquín Zihuatanejo was one of the key contributes to Literacy in Motion, both on stage and behind the scenes where he organized the Aberg Center for Literacy Youth Poetry Contest and worked with event planners to put together the spectacular event.
Days later, the Zihuantenejo reflected on the amazing experience sharing the stage with the best of the Dallas poetry scene, the up-and-coming young literaries, and of course the U.S. Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera.
Here is an excerpt from his blog post on the experience:
Perhaps the highlight of the entire night for me was when JFH preparing to take the stage for his one hour feature said to me backstage minutes before he was scheduled to walk onstage, “Joaquin, there’s a second voice in one of the poems I want to read tonight, will you join me in the poem on stage?” I could not believe. As I said an emphatic “yes” to him I remember thinking to myself, so many years ago I was a skinny mocoso from the barrio with a curse word for the world...how did I get this beauty full life.