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In this love story of impossible odds, award-winning writer Tim Z. Hernandez weaves a rich and visionary portrait of Bea Franco, the real woman behind famed American author Jack Kerouac’s “The Mexican Girl.”

If you are ready to get serious about writing and would like to join a community of writers who will help you stay focused and have fun along the way, join us at Gemini Ink for the Summer Writer’s Workshop.

Join 2015 Poet Laureate of the State of Texas Carmen Tafolla for IMAGEN MI BARRIO, a FREE writing workshop sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and Bibliotech Digital Library.

Students will write poetry, flash fiction and short creative non-fiction pieces—to be collected by Dr. Tafolla for an online publication (ebook) featured in the Bibliotech Digital Library.


Face-to-face meetings will be held at Bibliotech (3505 Pleasanton Rd., San Antonio, Texas 78221) on Tue/Thu, June 30, July 2, 7, & 9 from 5:30–8pm. The workshop continues via a closed FB group throughout July, followed by a community pachanga on August 15.

This workshop is available to the first 10 students who register. Additional registrants will be placed on a waiting list.


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This workshop is part of Tinta Digital, a year-long festival of literary arts education and outreach in San Antonio’s Southside.


Dr. Carmen Tafolla is a poet, storyteller, performance artist, motivational speaker, and university professor. The author of more than 20 books, her work appears internationally in high school and university textbooks, newspapers, journals and magazines, and elementary school readers. Chosen in 2012 as the first Poet Laureate of the City of San Antonio, she presented at more than 300 schools, universities, professional conferences, and community arts centers in her two-year tenure. Called by Roots author Alex Haley a “world-class writer”, Tafolla has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Americas Award, presented to her at the Library of Congress in 2010, five International Latino Book Awards, two Tomas Rivera Book Awards, two ALA Notable Books, a Charlotte Zolotow Award, the Art of Peace Award, Top Ten Books for Babies, and has been recognized by the National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies for work which “gives voice to the peoples and cultures of this land.”