Ariana Brown - SANA SANA

Friday, March 13, 2020 - 6:00pm
2421 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77006

Ariana Brown will be joined by Jeremy Eugene, natasha carrizosa, and Loyce Gayo.

Host: Ebony Stewart (

Food: Chef Ilbersalle Fallon, Niella Catering (

After ten years of performing her spoken word poetry, Ariana Brown gathers her favorite poems to return to in her chapbook SANA SANA. With a tender and critical voice, she explores Black girlhood, the possibilities of queerness, finding your people, and trying to survive capitalism. All are explored as acts of different kinds of love—for self, for lovers, for family, for community. Brown’s collection refuses singularity, insisting on the specificity of her own life and studies. As she writes toward her own healing, Brown asks readers to participate in the ceremony by serving as witnesses. Sana Sana, colita de rana, si no sana hoy, sana en la mañana.

Ariana Brown is a queer Black Mexican American poet from the Southside of San Antonio, Texas. Ariana holds a B.A. in African Diaspora Studies and Mexican American Studies from UT Austin as well as an MFA in Poetry from the University of Pittsburgh. She is the recipient of two Academy of American Poets Prizes and a 2014 national collegiate poetry slam champion. Ariana is a touring poet signed with YNME Creatives, visiting college campuses, poetry slams, and local organizations to speak about Blackness in a Mexican American context, spirituality, mental health, womanhood, and healing.

Jeremy Eugene is a poet, educator, and candidate for an M.A. in English at Texas Southern University. He is of Trinidadian heritage; grew up in East Brunswick, New Jersey; and currently resides in Houston. As a youth poet, he was a member of the 2012 Meta-Four Houston slam team, which competed at the international festival, Brave New Voices. He is also a two-time member of the nationally-acclaimed Houston VIP Poetry Slam team, and his work has appeared in The Griot: The Journal of African American Studies. He hopes to inspire and motivate social change with all of his work.

natasha carrizosa is black & brown magic. poet. writer.  permanent marker. vessel. mexiafricana. curandera. sacred. tía. madre. hermana. warrior. conquista. luchadora. of everything brown. of. ariana (whose name means most holy.) she finds herself moved by invocation/ibeyi. if. she could be anything, she would be an ariana brown poem. immortal. beloved. sana. sana . . . 

Loyce Gayo is a Tanzanian born creative, aspiring scholar and teaching artist based in Houston, TX. Gayo’s work is influenced by her experience in the African Diaspora and celebrates the journey of a people dispersed. Gayo was the slam champion of the UT Spitshine poetry slam team who won the 2014 Collegiate Union Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI). Her work has been featured on Button Poetry, Write About Now, Badilisha Poetry, Fields Magazine and PBS. She teaches creative writing for Writers in the Schools, Houston and founded a creative writing and performance initiative for East African youths called Paza Sauti.