Words from the Heart

City's beloved 'spoken word marathon' races back to San Antonio this spring

City's beloved 'spoken word marathon' races back to San Antonio

Mega Corazon
Anthony M. Flores performs at Mega Corazón. URBAN-15/Facebook

On April 2, beloved spoken word fest Mega Corazón makes its return to San Antonio for the fifth year. Merging performance art with literary prowess, Mega Corazón is not only a unique experience for attendees — it's uniquely San Antonio. 

Following the news of Octavio Quintanilla's appointment as Poet Laureate of San Antonio, and in honor of April being National Poetry Month, URBAN-15 will host the free spoken word marathon in their studio at 2500 S. Presa St from 1-9 pm. "Celebrating a hybrid San Antonio poetic tradition that combines street, classical, and slam performance styles, Mega Corazón is frontal, improvisational, at times painful, and often choreographed for a highly visual impact," said organizers in a release.

Among the literary notables set to appear are Quintanilla, National Book Award finalist John Phillip Santos, and San Antonio Express-News poetry editor Jim LaVilla-Havelin. Additional performers include Jim LaVilla-Havelin, Bryce Milligan, Eduardo Garza, Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson, Isaac Cardenas, Frances Treviño Santos, Eddie Vega, Natalia Treviño, Jacinto Cardona, Jessica Tilton-Zertuche, and Nathan Zertuche

Since 1980, URBAN-15 has been instrumental in propelling San Antonio's art scene into a world class destination for creatives of all kinds. As de facto torch holders for this community, URBAN-15 has taken a unique approach to celebrating San Antonio's Tricentennial. Every month in 2018, the organization is releasing an episode of Hidden Histories, an original video series "that pursues and preserves the stories, lives, and places that make San Antonio an inspiring cultural treasure." This year's Mega Corazón will be included in the April episode of the series, and can be viewed here following the performance.