Karla Lamb

Ep. 45 – Latinx & Proud! celebrates one-year anniversary this October

Karla Lamb speaks about the series and her own identity as a self-labeled Chicana and Latinx poet.

by Stephanie Brea | September 15, 2020

Karla Lamb

Karla Lamb is a poet, the senior programming director at City of Asylum, and the founder of Latinx & Proud!, a literary series whose mission is to “incite conversation, empower, and amplify the Latinx community in Pittsburgh.” In this episode, Lamb speaks about identity and she shares the story of her own experiences as a self-labeled Chicana and Latinx poet, including having her work translated for the first time. She talks about finding a local community through the series and working with writers Adriana Ramírez, Malcolm Friend, Eloisa Amezcua, and M. Soledad Caballero to curate a vibrant lineup of readers from all over the country.

Oct. 27 celebrates one year of the Latinx & Proud! reading series; in anticipation of that anniversary event, Lamb shares what has made her most proud so far and what she hopes to accomplish.

Flyer from last year’s first Latinx & Proud! event


For all the details on the Latinx & Proud! one-year anniversary event

Make sure to check City of Asylum’s website and Instagram for details as October approaches. Plus, you can follow Karla on Instagram.

What’s a poet laureate?

In this episode, Lamb also explains the “All Pittsburghers are Poets” initiative recently launched by City of Asylum and what exactly a poet laureate is. It’s essentially a fancy title that really is just “a position of honor and service given to a poet that has demonstrated commitment to poetry through readings and publications as well as civic duties and interests in connecting the community.” City of Asylum recently named the first poet laureate of Allegheny County (Celeste Gainey), as well as an emerging poet laureate (Paloma Sierra), an American Sign Language poet laureate (Maryjean Shahen), and a youth poet laureate (Vincent Folkes). In addition to all these awards, City of Asylum is publishing one poem a week as part of the initiative.



ICYMI: a socially distant, pop-up beer garden is now open in the South Side. Lagerlands is a four-way collaboration between Hop Culture magazine, Cinderlands Beer Co., Burgh’ers Brewing, and De Fer Coffee and Tea. Located right off the Three Rivers Heritage Trail, Lagerlands runs through October. Reservations are required.


If you liked this episode, you might also want to press play on:

This episode was hosted by Aadam Soorma, recorded remotely, engineered and edited by Epicast Studios.

Subscribe to The Slaw: Staying on Top of Pittsburgh podcast

The Slaw Podcast is available on:

📸 Header photo credit: Maranie Rae Photography

Stephanie Brea

Stephanie Brea

Stephanie has been organizing events since 1998, starting with a series of motorcycle rides through the Arizona desert to support her father’s business. She’s probably crossed your name off a presale ticket list or served you a beer somewhere around town.

An undergrad degree in poetry means she has lots of unpractical knowledge about iambic pentameter, while a brief stint as a copy editor for Alternative Press taught her that twenty one pilots is stylized in all lowercase letters.

Wanna throw a party in a vacant parking lot? She’s interested.

At the onset of COVID-19, Stephanie took on the role of podcast producer for The Slaw. She’s pretty familiar with a microphone, thanks to that aforementioned poetry degree, and she’s got the wherewithal to ask Epicast Studios for help. She listens to too many true crime podcasts, and currently records from her bedroom.

If you know of someone who would be the perfect podcast guest, send her an email.

Download the Very Local app to stream all of the Very Local original series for FREE!

Download the Very Local app to stream all of the Very Local original series for FREE!