Eric Eztli is a community organizer, writer, educator, and the founder and host of Alivio Open Mic, a garage salon in Bell, California. A native of Southeast Los Angeles, and proud descendant of Mexican immigrants, he believes it’s his calling to speak the emotional truths of his people and cultivate spaces for artistic expression. He has a strong passion for facilitating people’s voices through poetry and for using art to challenge social injustices around the world.
He has been a featured poet at many venues around the Los Angeles area, including: California State University, Fullerton, California State University, Long Beach, USC, Self-Help Graphics, the Maywood Music Festival, the 2014 SELACo/City of Bell Artwalk, KPFK, Corazón del Pueblo, Avenue 50 Studio, the 2018 SELA Arts Festival in the Los Angeles River, Alivio Open Mic, the Eastside Café, and Speakeasy in the Last Bookstore in Downtown L.A.
Eric Eztli’s poetry has been published in a number of poetry journals and anthologies, including: The Coiled Serpent Anthology (Tía Chucha’s Press), Milestone Literary Magazine, Men’s Heartbreak Anthology, and La Moda Magazine, among others.
He is married and has a young son. He still lives in SELA.