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Dan Vera and Jennifer Bartlett, Keynote Speakers

Fri–Sat, July 24–25, 2015

Gain insights from keynote speakers Dan Vera and Jennifer Bartlett about how writing from the margins can transform community. How can marginalized voices and perspectives be brought to the center? In break-out sessions, discuss pedagogical strategies for teaching writing in communities that can be transformative.

Dan Vera was born in South Texas and is the author of Speaking Wiri Wiri (2013), recipient of the inaugural Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize; and The Space Between Our Danger and Delight (2008). Vera has served on the boards of Split This Rock and Rainbow History Project. named him a 2014 Top Ten “New” Latino Author to Watch (and Read). He lives in Washington, DC.

Jennifer Bartlett’s  most recent book is Autobiography/Anti-Autobiography (theenk Books, 2014). Bartlett also co-edited, with Sheila Black and Michael Northen, Beauty Is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability. Bartlett has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Fund for Poetry, and the Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut. She is currently writing a biography of poet Larry Eigner.


Call for Proposals 

Gemini Ink is calling for proposals for our second annual Writing in the Community Conference to be held July 24–25, 2015. This year’s Conference will be themed “Live Oak Trees—How Writing Transforms Community,” featuring keynote speakers Dan Vera (Split This Rock, The Rainbow History Project) and Jennifer Bartlett (Beauty is a Verb).

Gemini Ink seeks presentations from teachers, scholars, and others engaged in community efforts that involve creative writing in the belief that the ability to tell a story can result in individual and community transformation—particularly when voices that have been silenced or marginalized speak out. Topics could include anything from class plans for creative writing pedagogy in school and community settings to teaching strategies to innovative ways of using writing to transform community. We also encourage presentations from information professionals on ways community can use such resources to inform their community writing projects.

Proposals may be an individual presentation (20 minutes) or a full panel/workshop (1 hour). Fill out proposal application and send to Alexandra van de Kamp, Creative Writing Classes Program Director at uww.geminiink@gmail by July 15, 2015.

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Readings by Gregg Barrios, Mary Margaret McAllen, ire’ne lara silva, and Billy Taylor.

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