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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.


George Wallace Photo #2George Wallace is Writer in Residence at the Walt Whitman Birthplace (2011-present), first poet laureate of Suffolk County NY, and author of 31 chapbooks of poetry, most recently Smashing Rock and Straight as Razors (Blue Light Press 2017). A seminal figure on the New York City poetry performance scene, Wallace maintains an active international schedule of workshops, lecture presentations and poetry readings. An adjunct professor of English at Pace University and Westchester Community College, he is editor of Poetrybay, Walt’s Corner, and co-editor of Great Weather For Media and Long Island Quarterly.

TUPLOGOWords Matter Series

Gemini Ink and Trinity University Press join together to present a series of classes and lectures created around the vital life of the written word. These classes take place at The Trinity University Holt Center, 106 Oakmont Court.

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.

Naomi Shihab Nye--her choice of picNaomi Shihab Nye has written or edited more than 35 books including the poetry collections Fuel (BOA Editions), Famous (Wings Press), Transfer (BOA Editions) and the Children’s books The Turtle of Oman and Habibi, to name just a few. A collection of short stories There Is No Long Distance Now (Greenwillow Books) came out in 2011. She has received a Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award, and the Paterson Poetry Prize, among other distinctions. Her collection 19 Varieties of Gazelle was a finalist for the National Book Award.

*Boxed lunch included in all 10am-3pm Saturday workshops.

Members, sign up by phone at 210.734.9673 to receive a 15% discount.

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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.

*Boxed lunch included in all 10am-3pm Saturday workshops.

SheilaSheila Black is the author of four poetry collections, most recently: Iron, Ardent (Educe Press 2017) and Wen Kroy, winner of the 2011 Orphic Prize in Poetry. She is a co-editor of Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability and The Right Way to be Crippled and Naked: The Fiction of Disability: An Anthology (both Cinco Puntos Press). She received a 2012 Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress, for which she was selected by Philip Levine. She lives in San Antonio, Texas where she directs Gemini Ink.


Follow this link to listen to poems produced in a Writers in Communities workshop at Alpha Home, a Residential Drug and Alcohol Rehab Center in San Antonio for mothers and women in recovery.

Thank you to Alpha Home for this collaboration—and to Erica De La Rosa, and Clint Taylor—our Writers in Residence on this project.

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This 4-week workshop takes place Tues, Oct 10, 17, 24, Nov 7.

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.

Pablo Miguel Martínez’s collection of poems, Brazos, Carry Me, received the 2013 PEN Southwest Book Award for Poetry and his chapbook, Cuent@, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2015. Martínez’s literary work has received support from the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation and the Artist Foundation of San Antonio and has been the recipient of numerous honors, including the Oscar Wilde Award and Chicano/Latino Literary Prize. Martínez is a co-founder of CantoMundo, a national retreat-workshop for Latina/o poets.

Check out: Pablo Miguel Martínez: A San Antonio Poet and Latinx Author at the Rivard Report


Members, sign up by phone at 210.734.9673 to receive a 15% discount.


A.A. Milne wrote, “Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” In a world that seems to be moving faster and faster, it can be tempting to want our poems to write themselves as quickly. In this workshop, we’ll discuss patience as worldview, process, and tool for enrichening our own writing. We’ll read and discuss poems that model the value of patience and pacing and generate some drafts of our own.

Tarfia Faizullah Photo for Fall 2016Tarfia Faizullah’s poems appear widely in periodicals and anthologies both in the United States and abroad. Her first book, Seam (SIU 2016) is the recipient of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award, a GLCA New Writers’ Award, a VIDA Best Book of the Year Award, and a Milton Kessler First Book Award. Other honors include two Pushcart Prizes, a Fulbright fellowship, and fellowships from Bread Loaf, Vermont Studio Center, the Kenyon Review, and she was recently honored by Harvard Law School as one of 50 Women Inspiring Change. Her second collection, Register of Illuminated Villages, is forthcoming from Graywolf in 2018. Tarfia co-directs the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook Press and Video Series with Jamaal May, and is the Nicholas Delbanco Visiting Professor of Poetry at University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program.

*Free boxed lunch included in all 10am-3pm Saturday workshops.
Members, please sign up by phone at 210.734.9673 to receive 15% discount on class registration.
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Develop your craft and technique and challenge your usual paradigm, by throwing yourself into deep discussion and deep writing through a close look at three poets (Louise Glück, Lucille Clifton, and Yusef Komunyakaa). These poets talk back to God, sometimes questioning the supreme being’s authority in dirty, sassy tones, and doing it masterfully. 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.

v-golos-writing-for-peace-advisor copyVeronica Golos is the author of A Bell Buried Deep, co-winner of the Sixteenth Annual Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize (Story Line Press, 2003), Vocabulary of Silence (Red Hen Press, 2011), and Rootwork (3: A Taos Press, 2015). Golos’s work is widely published and anthologized. An accomplished writing teacher, she has taught poetry and multi-genre writing nationwide.

*Members—please sign up by phone at 210.734.9673 to receive 10% discount on class registration.
Saturday 10am–3pm workshops include a light snack. Please bring a brown bag lunch.
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