Syd Emmanuel Arrojo~La Espiritista~ (Artist/Performer/Poet/Writer) is a Latinx American Seattle based artist originally from New Jersey. They are a multi-talented artist that expresses their creative nature through many forms of rhythm some including Spoken Word Art, Creative Writing, Colorful Sketches, Singing, and Wooden Instruments.
La Espiritista’s work includes their workshop “Estamo’s Unidos: A Calling Through the Universal Heartbeat” as their response to the tragedy in PULSE Orlando June 12th, 2016. This gathering (as they like to reclaim language) is an intimate ceremony honoring ancestors and the lives passed on. It is also a celebration beckoning people to explore the complexities of their Latinx Identities or heritages. It has been featured at The National LGBTQ’s Task Force’s Creating Change Conference, Chico State, UC Davis, as well as Seattle University.
La Espiritista has featured at Seattle Poetry Slam, Nuyorican Poets Café, and the Pride Center of New Jersey. They have a B.A. from Rutgers University where they began taking their first turtle pace steps towards their Artistic Career. They have performed alongside talented individuals such as the poet La Bruja, and Musician Will Shish—which they have collaborated with for one of their renowned poems “Unfold.” They also performed in La Ti Do’s Celebration of Trans Artist Produced by Trans Women of Color Collective (TWOCC) and La Ti Do, curated by Ancient Jazz Priestess of Mother Africa, Trans Performance Artist, Singer, Actress, Dancer, Writer, Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi.
La Espiritista uses their energy to create messages that focus on life lessons such as the art of healing, faith, love, and transformation by sharing a unique blend of their own personal story of containing multiple marginalized identities along with the universal truths of nature. Much of their art is a manifestation of their exploration of queer spirituality and sexuality. It is the purest connection to the healing rhythms embedded in all forms of life universally. They believe that one of the most revolutionary acts in this world is to “simply be, to allow oneself to be fully presente and to slow down into the moment.
La Espiritista is currently working on their first book of poetry, Butterfly: Una Transformacion, Una Ascension, expected to be released March 12th, 2018. It focuses on the beautiful, yet messy, process of integrating one’s dark into their truest light to achieve balance. They use the four phases of metamorphosis to portray this: Release. Renewal. Retreat. Rebirth.