About Us

Begun as a local volunteer reading series in 1997, we are now a grassroots non-profit literary arts center dedicated to the readers and writers of today and tomorrow.

OUR MISSION
Gemini Ink nurtures writers and readers and builds community through literature and the related arts.

OUR VISION
At Gemini Ink we believe human story in all its diverse and complicated forms and genres — from poetry and fiction to memoir and oral tradition — is essential to developing compassion and richness in both individual and community life. We encourage focused reading, writing, and exchange at every level, from the elementary school student and the incarcerated youth to the polished professional and the elder who has always wanted to record her family stories.

OUR PROGRAMS
Everybody uses words. Without words, you couldn’t have a thought. Without words, you couldn’t share who you are, remember your past, or dream about your future…

We all have a stake in words and how best to use them. The better we choose and use our words, the more our community prospers. That’s why at Gemini Ink, we nurture readers, writers and keepers of oral traditions — everyone from the elementary school kid and the at-risk teen to the polished professional and the elder wanting to tell her family stories. For more than a decade we’ve supported you and your words through our programs:

WRITERS IN COMMUNITIES (WIC) sends professional writers into diverse community settings to work alongside students of all ages, needs, interests, and abilities in free workshops based on oral traditions, readings, and creative writing.

OPEN CLASSROOM, comprising Autograph Series and the new Breakthrough Thinkers, presents writers of national and international stature—many of them recipients of major prizes such as the Pulitzer or National Book Award—in free public performances followed by audience Q&A.

UNIVERSITY WITHOUT WALLS (UWW) offers three semesters of fee-based reading groups and workshops and also many free literary events, all led by professional writers, scholars, and interdisciplinary artists.

DRAMATIC READERS THEATER (DRT) features professional actors interpreting literary works in free performances, often accompanied by original music, in museums, universities, and other community settings.

Our programs offer you free performances by writers of international reputation — writers such as Tim O’Brien, Ha Jin, Edward P. Jones, Grace Paley, or Margaret Atwood. Our workshops sharpen creativity and enhance clear thinking. Our reading groups and Readers Theater performances honor the spoken and written word. Most of our programming is free!