Sheila Black

Executive Director

Sheila is the author of two full-length poetry collections House of Bone and Love/Iraq (both CW Press) and two chapbooks–How to be a Maquiladora (Main Street Rag) and Continental Drift (Patriothall Gallery, UK) with painter Michele Marcoux. She recently co-edited with poets Jennifer Bartlett and Mike Northen Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability (Cinco Puntos Press), which was named a Notable Book for 2012 by the American Library Association (ALA). Her recent collection Wen Kroy (Dream Horse Press) received the 2011 Orphic Prize in Poetry. She is a 2012 Witter Bynner Fellow in Poetry, selected by US Poet Laureate Philip Levine.

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Bernadette Smyth

Development Director

Bernadette Smyth recently left Ireland to join Gemini Ink as Development Director, where she writes, oversees, evaluates and reports on grant applications. She is an award-winning short story writer and editor who has extensive experience in the non-profit and educational arenas.

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Alexandra van de Kamp

Creative Writing Classes Program Director

A native of the state of New York, Alexandra has been published in numerous journals nationwide including 32PoemsThe Cincinnati Review, River Styx, The Denver Quarterly, and The Connecticut Review. Her full-length collection of poems, The Park of Upside-Down Chairs, was published by CW Books in 2010, and her chapbook, Dear Jean Seberg (2011), won the Burnside Review Chapbook Contest, judged by Matthew Dickman. Her most recent chapbook is A Liquid Bird Inside the Night (Red Glass Books, 2015). Alexandra designs and teaches online intensive poetry workshops and is a teaching artist for The Rooster Moans Poetry Collective ( and she taught Writing and Rhetoric for eight years at Stony Brook University in New York. For six years she lived in Madrid, Spain, where she co-founded and edited the bilingual literary journal, Terra Incognita. Find her poetry and prose at

Florinda Brown

Writers In Communities Program Director

Florinda Flores-Brown is a writer and educator from Laredo, Texas now living in San Antonio. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College and taught for eight years as both a bilingual elementary school teacher and college English instructor. Florinda writes plays and fiction while occasionally dabbling in poetry. Her favorite pastimes include trail running, reading, and camping with her husband, two boys, and three dogs.


Anisa Onofre

Marketing Director

Before moving to publications in 2013, Anisa directed the Writers in Communities (WIC) program for four years. During her time at Gemini Ink, she has published over fifty anthologies and books through WIC. She also co-runs Aztlan Libre Press, a small publishing house in San Antonio.

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