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December 2017

Gemini Ink at Viva Tacoland

December 8, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Viva Tacoland, 103 W Grayson St
San Antonio, TX 78212
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Tacoland

Gemini Ink’s Writers in Communities faculty read their work in a relaxed, beer garden setting.

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Writing Gifts: A Celebratory Workshop

December 9, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Trinity University Holt Center, 106 Oakmont Court
San Antonio , TX 78212 United States
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$125.00
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CLASS FULL

Instructor: Naomi Shihab Nye

This one-day poetry (or prose!) workshop focuses on what we already have in our vast treasure-houses of material—what we haven’t used yet, what we might restyle as a gift for ourselves or someone else. In the December gift-giving and shopping season, writing itself might be our best gift. What about a poem in honor of someone else? A paragraph to be hand-printed on lovely paper as a treat for anyone you’d like to surprise? You will leave with at least 4-6 different rough drafts. Lots of presents! Open to all. Please read some Padgett poems and pick a few favorites before class.

Class text: Collected Poems by Ron Padgett or, any single volume by Ron Padgett.

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Nights of Neo-Noir–The Last Good Kiss by James Crumley

December 12, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Liberty Bar, 1111 S. Alamo St.
San Antonio, 78210 United States
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$20.00
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Facilitated by William Glenn & Eusebio Diaz

The glare of the 1980s changed the noir landscape. A new breed of noir, called neo-noir, went in new directions, incorporating diverse voices and perspectives. These hardboiled authors investigated more than just murder, but interrogated the shadowy social landscapes behind the crime scene itself. The settings expanded from Big City USA to suburban shopping malls and beyond. Join as we explore the classics of Neo-Noir.

Tough, hard-boiled, and brilliantly suspenseful, The Last Good Kiss is an unforgettable detective story starring C. W. Sughrue, a Montana investigator who kills time by working at a topless bar. Hired to track down a derelict author, he ends up on the trail of a girl missing in Haight-Ashbury for a decade. The tense hunt becomes obsessive as Sughrue takes a haunting journey through the underbelly of America's sleaziest nightmares.

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Veterans Writing Lab with Sarah Colby

December 13, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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Free
CC.The U.S. Army

The mission of this collective is to encourage the art of writing and to provide a workshop environment in which participants offer honest, positive and constructive feedback. The group is geared to all active duty military, veterans, and immediate family members and open to writers of all levels working in all genres, including poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir, drama, and journaling.

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Poetry at The Twig

December 13, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Twig Book Shop, 306 Pearl Pkwy, Suite 106
San Antonio, TX 78215
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Twig reading with natalie saretta and joe

Reading & Book Signing with Natalie Diaz, Joe Jiménez, and Saretta Morgan.

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Holiday Open House

December 15, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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Join us for our annual open house celebrating the holiday season. Enjoy staff-crafted food and drink, with featured readings by students from  our fall fiction and memoir workshops with Joe Jímenez and Saretta Morgan. Hear some of the great work being generated at Gemini Ink and share your own at our open mic. Guests—feel free to bring a potluck dish of your choosing.

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January 2018

Peregrinas: California Women Poets in the Southwest

January 5 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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PEREGRINAS

Come out for a special talk, reading, and book signing featuring four California Latinx writers: Marisol Baca, Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, poet Yaccaira Salvatierra and Vanessa Angélica Villarreal.

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Book Club: The Liars’ Club by Mary Karr

January 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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karr book club

Facilitated by Sheila Black.

When it was published in 1995, Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club took the world by storm and raised the art of the memoir to an entirely new level, as well as bringing about a dramatic revival of the form. Karr’s comic childhood in an east Texas oil town brings us characters as darkly hilarious as any of J. D. Salinger’s—a hard-drinking daddy, a sister who can talk down the sheriff at twelve, and an oft-married mother whose accumulated secrets threaten to destroy them all. Now with a new introduction that discusses her memoir’s impact on her family, this unsentimental and profoundly moving account of an apocalyptic childhood is as “funny, lively, and un-put-downable” (USA Today) today as it ever was.

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Veterans Writing Collective with Sarah Colby

January 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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Free
CC.The U.S. Army

The mission of this collective is to encourage the art of writing and to provide a workshop environment in which participants offer honest, positive and constructive feedback. The group is geared to all active duty military, veterans, and immediate family members and open to writers of all levels working in all genres, including poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir, drama, and journaling.

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Poetry Bootcamp: Discovering New Imaginative Spaces through Wordplay

January 20 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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$65.00
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Instructor: George Wallace

Award-winning NY poet George Wallace will stimulate your writing through exercises based on rediscovering and using your imaginative skills through generative wordplay. Brainstorm your own prompts and trigger ideas for new poems, in a friendly interactive group setting. Jumpstart your muse through exercises that enhance the writer’s ability to create space for the imagination to explore, invent, discover and roam.

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Poetry at The Twig

January 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Twig Book Shop, 306 Pearl Pkwy, Suite 106
San Antonio, TX 78215
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Free
wendy natalia wallace rdg

Reading & Book Signing with Wendy Barker, Natalia Treviño, and George Wallace.

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Open Writers Workshop

January 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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Free
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Facilitated by Gemini Ink volunteers Dario Beniquez & John McLennon.

This free peer-driven workshop, held the last Monday of every month, is open to all writers.

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February 2018

Spring Open House & Book Launch for J.R. Helton

February 2 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Free
Helton Book Launch

Join us for a sneak preview of our spring writing workshops and literary events. Sip wine, enjoy finger food, visit with the writers who will be teaching our classes, and celebrate the book launch of Bad Jobs and Poor Decisions (Liveright/Norton 2018) by our very own J. R. Helton.

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Writers Lab: Simply Complex — Birth, Death, and the Miraculous In-Between

February 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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simply complex

Daily living is a rich tapestry woven from pleasure, pain, joy, and sorrow. This writing group will focus on everything from the mundane to the glorious and develop our stories and poems into compelling written works.

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Handmaid’s Tale Tea at The Twig

February 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Twig Book Shop, 306 Pearl Pkwy, Suite 106
San Antonio, TX 78215
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Free
Handmaid's Tale Tea

Book-lovers and Atwood fans are invited to join us to sip tea and contemplate Atwood's timely classic—now an acclaimed Hulu series. Handmaid costumes optional.

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Writers Lab: Simply Complex — Birth, Death, and the Miraculous In-Between

February 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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Free
simply complex

Daily living is a rich tapestry woven from pleasure, pain, joy, and sorrow. This writing group will focus on everything from the mundane to the glorious and develop our stories and poems into compelling written works.

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Veterans Writing Collective with Sarah Colby

February 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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Free
Military

This collective’s mission is to encourage the art of writing in a workshop environment where participants offer honest, positive and constructive feedback. Geared to all active duty military, veterans, and immediate family members, the group is open to writers of all levels working in all genres.

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Learning from Contemporary Masters: Re-Invigorate Your Poetry through Deep Admiration

February 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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$135.00

Dive into contemporary American poetry by closely examining an array of cutting-edge poets. Through close reading, we will identify key writing strategies that will expand our own poetry making. Use deep admiration to access a wider palette of poetic tones and structures that will reinvigorate and broaden your poetic sensibility. Poems generated will be workshopped in class with revision strategies offered.

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San Antonio’s Literary History: A Plática with Tomás Ybarra-Frausto and Bryce Milligan

February 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Central Library, 600 Soledad
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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A year-long series of pláticas—public conversations—considering San Antonio’s rich multi-cultural literary history led by noted local scholars Dr. Tomás Ybarra-Frausto and Bryce Milligan. The first will feature readings from the newly published Literary San Antonio (TCU Press). Participating writers y luminarios literarios include Texas Poet Laureate Rosemary Catacalos, San Antonio and Texas Poet Laureate Jenny Browne, journalist Cary Clack, and San Antonio book collector Bill Fisher.

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Open Writers Workshop

February 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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Free
writers

Facilitated by Gemini Ink volunteers Dario Beniquez & John McLennon.

This free peer-driven workshop, held the last Monday of every month, is open to all writers.

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