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The newly renovated Mission Marquee Plaza, former home of the historic Mission Drive-in theater on Roosevelt Avenue in the Southside, was hopping late Saturday afternoon and into the evening at its inaugural event.

San Antonio’s new Poet LaureateLaurie Ann Guerrero read some of her recent work against the backdrop of a freshly-painted teal stage.

Families lounged on lawn chairs, couples cuddled on the grass, and the occasional hipster danced – incongruously Grateful Dead-style – to the sounds of Bombasta Barrio Big Band as night fell on the Plaza.

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More about Paletas y Poesía here.

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Mission Drive-In As students trade school days for summer, the historic Mission Drive-In Theatre will open its newly grassed lawns to families and individuals alike this Saturday, June 7. The historic venue has a new life and a new name: Mission Marquee Plaza…

Saturday’s highly anticipated family event in partnership with Gemini Ink, Paletas y Poesia, is set to begin at 4 p.m with various poetry and book readings, a DJ, a children’s skit and a live performance from the Bombasta Barrio Band which will get people out of their law chairs and on to the dance floor. San Antonio’s newly-minted poet laureate Laurie Ann Guerrero will read and perform at 7 p.m…

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laurieannguerreroSAN ANTONIO — An embroidered pillow on a chair in Laurie Ann Guerrero’s cozy South Side living room reads: Poetry is not a luxury.

For San Antonio’s recently named poet laureate — our second, after Carmen Tafolla— it certainly is not.

“I’ve always just felt things very viscerally,” she said. “I don’t write poems to offer answers or to preach or anything like that. I write poems because that’s the way I move through the world. As a mom, as a citizen of this state, this city, I need to deconstruct things, and poetry is the way I do that.”

Guerrero is the featured poet at Paletas y Poesía, a family-friendly event from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Mission Drive-In that kicks off Gemini Ink’s summer writing festival. The event features children’s activities with writing instructors, music by Bombasta Barrio Big Band, food trucks, and of course, paletas, those fruity Mexican ice pops.


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