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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Evie Reyes

Managing Director

Evie researches and writes Gemini Ink’s grant proposals, and maintains organizational policies and procedures in the absence of the executive director. Before coming to Gemini Ink, Evie helped manage a successful pottery business in San Antonio for several years. She has two young children, writes fiction in her spare time, and is an avid reader.

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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

Jen Knox

Writers In Communities Program Director

Jen Knox is the author of After the Gazebo, a collection of short fiction. Her writing can be found in The Adirondack Review, The Bombay Literary Magazine, Gargoyle Magazine, Istanbul Review, Narrative Magazine, Per Contra, Room Magazine and The Saturday Evening Post, among others. Jen grew up in Ohio, attended graduate school in Vermont, and moved to Texas with her husband in 2009. She also teaches creative writing at San Antonio College and writes about technology and creativity convergence at Fiction Southeast. For more about Jen, visit her website at


Ben Tremillo

Communications & Special Events Manager

Ben is a poet, playwright and short story writer. His poetry and short stories have appeared in various online journals, newspapers and zines, and his plays have been performed on some of the finest stages in San Antonio. He used to like long walks on the beach but now thinks shorter ones are better. He’s getting old.

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Anisa Onofre

Publications 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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Hayley Trimmier


Hayley received a BFA in Creative Writing from the University of Evansville in Indiana before joining Gemini Ink in the spring of 2015 as an intern. Besides being our registrar, Hayley also works part-time as a nanny to three kids. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, and watching her favorite TV shows with her cat Smokey.

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Michele Bussone

Finance Manager

Michele is an experienced accountant, controller and business owner who has managed budgets as large as forty mil. An ex-Yankee from Michigan, she moved to San Antonio in the mid-70’s after serving four years in the Peace Corp in West Africa where she organized women’s marketing co-ops. She prefers the non-profit world to corporations.

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