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Yosimar Reyes joins Youth Empowerment Summit as Keynote Speaker

We are thrilled to announce that nationally acclaimed poet Yosimar Reyes will be joining us as the keynote speaker for this Saturday's Youth Empowerment Summit (YES) in San Francisco!  Read more about Yosimar (pictured above):

Yosimar Reyes is a nationally acclaimed poet, educator, performance artist and public speaker. Born in Guerreo, Mexico and raised in Eastside San Jose Reyes explores the themes of migration and sexuality in his work. His first collection of poetry, “For Colored Boys Who Speak Soflty…” was self published after a collaboration with the legendary Carlos Santana. He was featured in the Documentary, 2nd Verse: The Rebirth of Poetry. 
 
Reyes has toured and presented in University campuses all over the United States. He is the cofounder of performance ensemble, La Maricolectiva, a community based performance group of queer undocumented poets. 
 
Reyes’ work has been published in various online journals as well as Mariposas: An anthology of Queer Modern Latino Poetry (Floricanto Press), Queer in Aztlán: Chicano Male Recollections of Consciousness and Coming Out (Cognella Press) and the forthcoming Joto: An Anthology of Queer Xicano & Chicano Poetry (Korima Press) 
 
Reyes currently resides in San Francisco where he is studying creative writing and working on his second book. 

YES, held in San Francisco, is GSA Network's annual conference for LGBTQ youth and allies from across the state. Following the keynote, a resource fair, and dozens of workshops for GSA youth leaders and adult allies, LYRIC and Project Do More will host Dreamscape: A Fantasy Dance Party for the youth participants. Space is limited, so register today!

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