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SunnyCo Studio Gallery

El Martillo Press @ SunnyCo Studio Gallery

Join El Martillo Press authors: Paul S. Flores, Margaret Elysia Garcia, Ceasar K. Avelar, and Donato Martinez at SunnyCo Studio Gallery in North Beach, San Francisco! This event will be hosted by El Martillo Press co-founders Matt Sedillo and David A. Romero.

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El Martillo Press @ SunnyCo Studio Gallery
El Martillo Press @ SunnyCo Studio Gallery

Time & Location

Jul 23, 2023, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM PDT

SunnyCo Studio Gallery, 480 Francisco St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

About the event

SunnyCo Studio is owned by Magué Calanche and Dennis Hearne. A description from their website: "We have extensive photography, art, and design backgrounds and have collaborated since 1994. In 2018, we launched SunnyCo Studio Gallery, focusing on curating exhibitions and organizing events that support the arts and community. The studio gallery is located on the quieter north end of North Beach, directly across from Sweetie's Art Bar. Our mission is to continue to support the arts in this venue in whatever way we best can. Thank you for being part of our circle of friends. We appreciate your support and interest. Moreover, we look forward to your visit."

El Martillo Press publishes writers whose pens strike the page with clear intent; words with purpose to pry apart assumed norms and to hammer away at injustice. El Martillo Press proactively publishes writers looking to pound the pavement to promote their work and the work of their fellow pressmates. There is strength in El Martillo. Founded in Los Angeles in 2023 by Matt Sedillo and David A. Romero, and launched with a diverse group of celebrated and hardworking writers who embody our working-class intellectual spirit, El Martillo Press maintains an editorial board that makes its selections for publishing.


Paul S. Flores is a San Francisco artist of Mexican and Cuban-American heritage that has built a national reputation for interview-based theater and bilingual spoken word. He integrates Latino and indigenous healing practices to tell the stories of real people impacted by immigration and systemic inequalities. Flores appeared on Season 4 of HBO's Def Poetry. His first full-length book of poetry, WE STILL BE: Poems and Performances was published by El Martillo Press in June 2023.

Margaret Elysia Garcia is the author of the short story collection Graft, the chapbook Burn Scars, and the daughterland (El Martillo Press, 2023). She’s the co-editor of the anthology Red Flag Warning: Northern Californians Living with Fire out on HeyDay Books in 2024. She writes about family, culture and surviving climate change disasters. 

Ceasar K. Avelar is the current Poet Laureate of Pomona. He is the writer in residence of Cafe con Libros Press, and the founder of Obsidian Tongues open mic. Avelar writes through the sociological lens of a blue-collar worker. He is the author of God of the Air Hose and Other Blue-Collar Poems (El Martillo Press, 2023). Avelar will graduate this summer from Cal Poly Pomona with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology.  

Donato Martinez was born in the small pueblo, Garcia de la Cadena, Zacatecas, Mexico and immigrated into the USA at six years old. He teaches English composition, Literature, and Creative Writing at Santa Ana College. He has also taught classes in Chicano Studies. He has a self-published collection with three other Inland Empire poets, Tacos de Lengua. His full collection of poetry, Touch the Sky, was published by El Martillo Press in June 2023.


Matt Sedillo has been described as the "best political poet in America" as well as "the poet laureate of the struggle." His work has drawn comparisons in print to Bertolt Brecht, Roque Dalton, Amiri Baraka, Alan Ginsberg, Carl Sandburg  and various other legends of the past.

David A. Romero is a Mexican-American spoken word artist from Diamond Bar, CA. Romero is the author of My Name Is Romero (FlowerSong Press), a book reviewed by Gustavo Arellano (¡Ask a Mexican!), Curtis Marez (University Babylon), and founding member of Ozomatli, Ulises Bella.

El Martillo Press

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Paul S. Flores

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Margaret Elysia Garcia

Instagram: @writerchickmama

Donato Martinez

Instagram: @donatomartinez1

Ceasar K. Avelar

Instagram: @ceasarkavelar

Matt Sedillo

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David A. Romero

Instagram: @davidaromerospokenword

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