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We’re proud to announce the publication of Borderline: Out Of Mind, a compilation of student writing from three poetry workshops that took place over the summer and fall of 2015 at the Cyndi Taylor Krier Juvenile Correctional Treatment Center and Mission Road. These workshops were made possible due to the generous support of Bexar County and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Gemini Ink hosted these workshops as part of our Writers in Communities program, which was founded with the mission to bring the joy of reading and writing to community settings across San Antonio by encouraging students to find their voices and gain the tools of written creative expression that ultimately lead to growth. A private reading took place at Gemini Ink on Tues, Jan 12, 2016. (more…)

We live in a world that denies the story that haunts us, whether it be very bad, or lovely, or graceful…The more that we face that ghost, the more we can accommodate the story that that ghost wants to tell… Ghosts are part of who we live with.

In this interview, Bárbara Renaud González discusses facing the ghosts that haunt our lives, what it’s like getting older as a writer, and why we are so drawn to memoir. (more…)

Espera, mija comes from the Imagen mi barrio workshop that took place this summer, a collaboration with Bibliotech Digital Library, and generously funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Espera, mija

Marilyse Figueroa

I cast my line into the pond y espero, espero for a fish to bite. I yell back to you, Papí, no hay pez. Let’s go to another lugar! Espera, bebé. Be patient, you tell me. It’s my first time fishing. Actually, no. Es mi primera vez fishing with the men. I’m excited, but tengo un poco miedo to mess up and make you ashamed of me. Porque soy una niña. I cast my line into the pond and wait como un hombre, real chill and quiet. I want to tell you about my day at school, about the handstand I finally got down in gymnastics, pero I don’t because we don’t talk when we’re fishing. You warned me, Mija, no hables aqui, O.K? So I wait, but I wish I didn’t have to. I watch my line hang motionless in the water. We can talk after I show you I can fish as well as any boy or man. (more…)

Photo by Thomas Sayers EllisGemini Ink is thrilled to host visiting writer Khadijah Queen on Fri, Sep 11 at 6:30pm in a free and public reading in collaboration with the Southwest School of Art, and on Sat, Sep 12 in a one-day poetry workshop: “Stretching Your Voice through a Fictional ‘I’” at Gemini Ink.

A celebrated and award-winning African-American poet, Queen is the author of Conduit (Black Goat/Akashic, 2008), Black Peculiar (Noemi Press, 2011) and the forthcoming Fearful Beloved (Argos Books 2015). Queen is known for her innovative, daring poems, which can “weave the personal and the political in both ruthless and tender ways,”(SPD). In a series of whimsical questions plucked right out of Vanity Fair’s Proust Questionnaire we came up with this sampling of her likes, dislikes and mental detours and side trips. Half P.J. Harvey, half poetic battle cry, Queen’s poetry excavates a unique vision down the page. (more…)

We’re at Bárbara Renaud González’s Recetas de mi vida workshop this morning at Bexar Bibliotech. Thank you to Vince Davis and Marvin Pfeiffer of the San Antonio Express-News for visiting us today! #NEA

14 Barbara Renaud Gonzalez Recetas de mi vida

Helena Maria Viramontes talks about why she left a writing program after being told, “The trouble about your work is your writing about Chicanos—you should be writing about people.” “We’re all trained to be culturally-specific,” she says. Take five minutes to see this—then come out on Friday to see her live and in person, at OLLU.


  Texas meets France. Gallery meets theater. Henri Matisse, “le fauve,” meets our city’s own wild beasts in a collaboration between the San Antonio Museum of Art and Gemini Ink. Interpret the works through the history, poetry, tragedy, and comedy created uniquely for this show. Enjoy an evening of visual arts and theater combined in only a way our city can.
Rick Stemm Playwright

Fill Your Lungs With Fresh Air puts some of San Antonio’s finest writers and performers together to bring the art books of Henri Matisse to vibrant life. Erik Bosse, Jenny Browne, Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson, Rick Stemm, and Mari Xingas (Marisela Barrera) will perform their interpretations of the four illustrated books on display at the San Antonio Museum of Art on August 15, 2014 at 6:30pm. Directed by TJ Gonzales with music by Azul Barrientos. This event is free with museum admission and open to the public.