Take your pick—read The Border is Burning with us and join us for our next book club meetup to talk about “San Antonio and Laredo and the landscape in-between,” or dust off your fictional characters and take a class with the author. Either way, we’ve got Ito Romo on the brain.
Jamaica-born poet Ishion Hutchinson reads from his award-winning collection Far District July 18 at 6:30pm at Trinity University in the Michael and Naomi Neidorff Gallery. He’s also leading a poetry workshop on Saturday at Gemini Ink titled Invocation—you too can learn to call upon outside forces in your poems. Sign up here.
Thanks to the NEA for this insightful Q&A with one of our great faculty members, Debra Magpie Earling.
NEA: What was your journey to becoming a creative writer?
EARLING: High school dropout. Married to an abusive alcoholic at 17. Divorced at 21. Then moved back in with ex. Had teeth rattled. Told I was stupid. Was knocked down. Bleeding. Knocked down before work. After work. Knocked unconscious. Busgirl. Black eye. Stupid. Waitress.
Since the days of Homer, writing about visual art has had an important place in poetry. This class welcomes both writers and visual artists to examine different forms of ekphrasis, from poems focused solely on description to those using art objects as metaphor. We will consider works by divergent visual artists and how their messages might be translated or expanded by tools available to the poet, such as rhyme and rhythm, simile and metaphor, and voice and tone.
$50 for 4 sessions: Jan 30, Feb 6, 13, and 20, Thursdays, 6–8 pm
Class size: 20