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Plunge into the world of hardboiled detectives, femme fatales, and nihilistic grifters through novels of the classic era of American crime fiction from the 1930’s to the 1950’s. Roam humanity’s psycho-social depths across the rich landscapes of American cities and countryside, exploring four powerful books that left an indelible mark on American literature, film, and popular culture. Join us in a rich discussion of these diverse Noir novels that defined and transcended their genre..

How can writing about art provide literary inspiration? What are the paintings, photographs, sculptures and artwork that you obsess over as a writer? How does writing about art expand or complicate both the viewer’s response and the artwork’s meaning? Participants in this workshop will be engaging in the ekphrastic tradition of writing about art, as well as gathering strategies for how the visual arts can inspire future writing projects. We’ll be writing poems and nonfiction that responds to art both real and imagined, as well as reading work by Elizabeth Bishop, Mark Doty, Larry Levis, Lia Purpura, and many others.

One of the 20th century’s enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world, and the ultimate achievement of a Nobel Prize winning career.

The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the family. It is a rich and brilliant chronicle of life and death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the noble, ridiculous, beautiful, and tawdry story of the family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America.In his first novel after his acclaimed The English Patient (Booker Award Winner), Ondaatje sets this powerful tale in Sri Lanka, where Anil, a forensic anthropologist works to uncover the source of murders engulfing the island. In her search she unfolds much more. Ondaatje at his most evocative.

This co-operative workshop expands on the idea of “writing as activism” with participants determining topics for prompts and writing exercises.

Explore what form is, then build it with blocks of carefully selected details, with Debra Monroe.

Exercise your ability to talk in poems by using a persona, playing with stanza lengths, and implementing unexpected rhythm and beat. Explore a vast sea of poetic realms that will enliven your art.

Gemini Ink, in collaboration with Our Lady of the Lake University and the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, invite you to enjoy two free events featuring Urayoán Noel along with the opportunity to expand your own knowledge of performance poetry in a daylong workshop with the poet. Each event is followed by a book sale & signing—books will be available through The Twig Book Shop.

Urayoán Noel is an author, literary critic, translator, performer, and Assistant Professor at New York University. His new collection of poems is Buzzing Hemisphere/Rumor Hemisférico (University of Arizona Press, 2015). Other poetic works include Hi-Density Politics (2010), and Kool Logic/La lógica kool (2005). He is the author of the critical study In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam (University of Iowa Press, 2014), winner of the Latina/o Studies Book Prize. (more…)

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