Writers in Communities

The Writers in Communities (WIC) program sends published, professional writers into schools, institutions, and other community settings to work alongside students of all ages and abilities. While in residence, the writers and their students create dynamic creative writing projects that challenge, celebrate, inspire and enlighten. Our innovative programs have been recognized by The New York Times and San Antonio Express-News, among others.

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Guadalupe Home reading and book release of A Wondering Mind, 2015.

 
 

I can’t write a poem.

I’ve never even tried, and when I was thinking,

I’m pretty sure I almost died.

The way it almost happened was because I was woozy,

I’m really really tired and droopy.

I never felt like this, it’s super weird, and for some reason

there is this pirate with a really long beard.

He keeps saying, “Hardy, har, har!”

So I tried to chase him away with a roar, roar, ROAR!

This poem is getting on my last nerve.

I can’t even write because there are no lines so my words go curve.

I really can’t do this, it’s too hard, and my arm

got cut by a glass shard.

My arm is starting to bleed, it’s getting all over my paper!

Grrr! It hurts so bad!


My teacher gave me a band-aid, then all of a sudden,

when I closed my eyes with stress, I saw a mermaid.

Writing a poem is really difficult,

but I had imagination & an idea in a jolt!


Now I get it, I know how to do it;

all the things I talked about showed me how to write a poem

and I learned to poet.

Those are the reasons, until now, I couldn’t learn to poet.


From the anthology, A Blanket of Stars (2016).

 
 

Shout out to SA Youth, our wonderful writers in residence, and students at Heritage, Fenfield, Hutchins, Palo Alto, Kindred, Carrillo, and Benavidez Elementary schools, and Losoya Intermediate!

This publication truly shows the strengths and talents of our city’s youth.

These stories, poems, and short essays offer insight, humor, and new perspective. These voices are honest, raw, exploratory, and powerful. These are the voices of the next generation, and they epitomize the creative spirit that is alive in San Antonio.

 
 

 

This Is What the World Is marks the successful completion of a partnership between Gemini Ink, NEISD, and Rackspace to bring creative writing workshops to the students at Camelot Elementary and Windcrest Elementary. Gemini Ink hosted these workshops at the schools as part of our Writers in Communities program. Gemini Ink thanks Dr. Kamala Platt and Cris Bazaldua, who led the workshops and brought new insight into the value of literature and reading. We also thank the staff of both Camelot and Windcrest, who are advocates of expanding their students’ access to the arts and literature. Thank you, specifically, to Hope de Lemos, Karen Kohler and Wilma Payne, for their belief in the transformative nature of these writing workshops. Thank you to Rackspace, who funded this project.

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