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September 2017

Inkstravaganza honoring Tomás Ybarra-Frausto

September 28 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$175.00
Tomas Ybarra Frausto Inkstravaganza

This year, Gemini Ink honors distinguished scholar Tomás Ybarra-Frausto with the Award for Literary Excellence at our annual Inkstravaganza gala. Tomás Ybarra-Frausto, Ph.D. is an independent scholar of Latin American and U.S. Latino arts and culture. He was formerly the Associate director of Creativity and Culture at the Rockefeller Foundation. Dr. Ybarra-Frausto was also a tenured professor at Stanford University in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. He served as chair of the Mexican Museum in San Francisco and the…

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October 2017

Book Club: My Name is Lucy Barton: A Novel by Elizabeth Strout


October 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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Free
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Join us for our monthly book plática. Light drinks and snacks are provided. Feel free to bring your brown bag lunch.

Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasn’t spoken for many years, comes to see her. Gentle gossip about people from Lucy’s childhood in Amgash, Illinois, seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lie the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucy’s life: her escape from her troubled family, her desire to become a writer, her marriage, her love for her two daughters. Knitting this powerful narrative together is the brilliant storytelling voice of Lucy herself: keenly observant, deeply human, and truly unforgettable.

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Poetry-Making: New Ways, New Work

October 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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$125.00
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Instructor: Pablo Miguel Martínez

Whether we’re experienced poets or new to the making of poems, finding sources for new work can be elusive. In this four-week workshop, participants will gain support and strategies for taking a distinct focused approach to generating poems. Allow a work of art to jump-start your writing, delve into writing in persona, and explore other groundbreaking ways into your poetry-making process. Participants will take away a sheaf of new poems and fresh pathways for generating work.

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The Controlled Burn of Flash Fiction

October 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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$125.00
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Instructor: Todd Wright

Immerse yourself in the world of short short fiction and discover where brevity can take you. In this four-week workshop, writers will expand their fiction-writing process by crafting their own short shorts as they read excellent short works by Jamaica Kincaid, Dave Eggers, Donald Barthelme, and Rahawa Haile. We will dissect the secrets of writing effective short short fiction as we attempt to discover what it is, why it is, and how we can find new sources of inspiration by discovering how less can truly be more.

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Gemini Ink at Viva Tacoland

October 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Viva Tacoland, 103 W Grayson St
San Antonio, TX 78212
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Join us for readings by local and Gemini Ink visiting writers in a relaxed, beer garden setting.

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Nights of Neo-Noir–Indemnity Only by Sara Paretsky

October 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 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.

Meeting an anonymous client late on a sizzling summer night is asking for trouble. But trouble is Chicago private eye V.I. Warshwski's specialty.

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Veterans Writing Collective Monthly Writing Lab with Sarah Colby

October 18 @ 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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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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Kevin McIlvoy: Reading and Q&A with Reception

October 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Trinity University Holt Center, 106 Oakmont Court
San Antonio , TX 78212 United States
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Master Creative Writing teacher and award-winning Poet & Fiction writer comes to San Antonio.

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“The Stance of Wonder”: Cultivating the Fiction Writer’s Habit of Readiness

October 21 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Trinity University Holt Center, 106 Oakmont Court
San Antonio , TX 78212 United States
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$155.00
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Instructor: Kevin McIlvoy

The central pleasure of our lives as storytellers is the practice of learning to be fully present to the luminous and dark wonders before us. In the roots and stems and leaves of our sentences; in the emerging reality of our characters; we learn to be in readiness for wonder. Our stories, including the strangest and the saddest, invite readers to welcome such life-altering readiness. Master teacher, Kevin McIlvoy will offer general guiding concepts for “readiness” as participants work to draft a story with intensive feedback.

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Open Writers Workshop

October 30 @ 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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Kenny Fries & Sheila Black: “Writing the Body” Talk and Q&A with Halloween Reception

October 31 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Trinity University Holt Center, 106 Oakmont Court
San Antonio , TX 78212 United States
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Join us for a talk with two noted authors who’ve written extensively on disability poetics and the body. Celebrate our flesh-and-blood existence on the most ghostly night of all!

This event takes place at The Trinity University Holt Center, 106 Oakmont Court.

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November 2017

Creative Entrepreneurship: Methods for the Working Writer

November 1 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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Instructor: Kenny Fries

Discover an array of practical and inspiring methods for empowering your writing life. One writer to another, we’ll actively explore short-term and long-term goal setting; real-life budgeting; researching appropriate grants and residencies; drafting cover letters, and submitting winning applications. We’ll also discuss alternative sources of income and creating a vibrant Internet/social media presence. Gain practical tools for becoming successful and self-sufficient.

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Book Club: In the Province of the Gods (Living Out: Gay and Lesbian Autobiog) by Kenny Fries

November 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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Free
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Join us for our monthly book plática. Light drinks and snacks are provided. Feel free to bring your brown bag lunch.

Kenny Fries embarks on a journey of profound self-discovery as a disabled foreigner in Japan, a society historically hostile to difference. As he visits gardens, experiences Noh and butoh, and meets artists and scholars, he also discovers disabled gods, one-eyed samurai, blind chanting priests, and A-bomb survivors. When he is diagnosed as HIV positive, all his assumptions about Japan, the body, and mortality are shaken, and he must find a way to reenter life on new terms.

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Intimate Spaces: Lyric Essays & Memoir from Personal Experience

November 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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$125.00
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Instructor: Saretta Morgan

How do your particular experiences and unique perspectives on desire, hurt, pleasure, and intimate moments materialize on the page? In this class, we will look at memoirs, essays, prose, poetry, and visual art to help you craft compelling lyric essays out of personal history and spaces. Our focus together will be on generating and revising resonant works of memoir. Participants are welcome to bring works-in-progress or come “fresh.” 

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The World of Our Characters: A Four-Week Fiction Workshop

November 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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$125.00
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Instructor: Joe Jiménez

How can we better develop the characters who live, love, struggle, lie, fight, move, resist, and sometimes even die in our stories? Energize your writing process by experimenting with different narrative styles and points of view, and looking more closely at scene development, revision, and other aspects of fiction writing. Come away with new writing and an array of tools for creating authentic, fully-realized characters in your short stories and novels.

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Gemini Ink at Viva Tacoland

November 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Viva Tacoland, 103 W Grayson St
San Antonio, TX 78212
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Free
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Join us for readings by local and visiting writers in a relaxed, beer garden setting.

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Writers as Readers: Using Reading to Generate New Poems

November 11 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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$115.00
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Instructor: Sheila Black

The critic Harold Bloom once said “Shakespeare invented the human.” We won’t go that far, but much of what we think and feel about the world—how we construct our realities—comes from reading, from the works and words of authors we love. In this generative poetry workshop, we will explore how our reading can feed new writing.

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Nights of Neo-Noir–Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley

November 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 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.

Los Angeles, 1948: Easy Rawlins is a black war veteran just fired from his job at a defense plant. Easy is drinking in a friend's bar, wondering how he'll meet his mortgage, when a white man in a linen suit walks in, offering good money if Easy will simply locate Miss Daphne Money, a blonde beauty known to frequent black jazz clubs.

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Mentorship Deadline

November 15

Learn more at geminiink.org/writing-mentorships Or apply directly at Submittable: geminiink.submittable.com/submit

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Veterans Monthly Writing Lab with Sarah Colby

November 15 @ 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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