Featured Writers

 

 

Keynote Speaker

Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson (poet, vocalist) serves as a Writers in Communities faculty member at Gemini Ink. She co-hosts 2nd Verse, and hosts Jazz & Poetry w/ a Purpose.  Her poetry has been published in The Texas Observer, Pariah Anthology SFA Press, and Sycorax’s Daughters. She's received the Dream Voice Award 2018 at the Inaugural Mayor's BallIn 2018, Vocab appeared on the cover of The San Antonio Current. 

Camille Acker holds an MFA in Creative Writing from New Mexico State University and has more than fifteen years' experience as a writer and editor. Her work has been supported by workshops and residencies at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Millay Colony for the Arts, Voices of Our Nations Arts (VONA), the Norman Mailer Writers Colony, and Callaloo Writers Workshop. She co-edited Dismantle: An Anthology from the VONA/Voices Workshop and co-founded the website for and about single women, The Spinsters Union. Her work has appeared in Electric Literature, Publishers Weekly, Fandor, NewCity, Fusion, and DAME Magazine, among others. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Creative Writing program at New Mexico State University. Her short story collection, Training School for Negro Girls, is out now from The Feminist Press.

Andre Dubus III’s seven books include the New York Times’ bestsellers House of Sand and Fog, The Garden of Last Days, and his memoir, Townie. His 2013 novella collection, Dirty Love, was a New York Times “Notable Book” selection, a New York Times “Editors’ Choice”, and a Kirkus “Starred Best Book of 2013”. His novel, Gone So Long, published in the fall of 2018, has received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Library Journal and been named on many “Best Books” lists, including selection for The Boston Globe’s “Twenty Best Books of 2018” and “The Best Books of 2018”, “Top 100”, Amazon. Mr. Dubus has been a finalist for the National Book Award, and has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, The National Magazine Award for Fiction, two Pushcart Prizes, and is a recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. His books are published in over twenty-five languages, and he teaches full-time at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Fontaine, a modern dancer, and their three children.

Pablo Miguel Martínez

Pablo Miguel Martínez is an award-winning poet whose poetry and prose have been published in the North American Review, San Antonio Express-News, Texas Poetry Review, and many other publications and periodicals. His first book of poetry, Brazos, Carry Me, received the 2013 PEN Southwest Book Award for Poetry. His chapbook, Cuent@ (Finishing Line Press), was published in 2015. Martínez’s literary work has received support from the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation and the Artist Foundation of San Antonio. He is also a co-founder of CantoMundo, a national retreat-workshop for Latina/o poets. In addition to his writing and work in the nonprofit sector, Martínez has taught English and creative writing at San Antonio’s own Our Lady of the Lake University, Houston’s Lone Star College, and the University of Louisville. His work often revolves around lives that don’t fit the standard mold of the society they’re living in, including Latinx and LGBTQIA characters.

Analicia Sotelo

Analicia Sotelo is the author of Virgin, the inaugural winner of the Jake Adam York Prize, selected by Ross Gay for Milkweed Editions, 2018. She is also the author of the chapbook, Nonstop Godhead, selected by Rigoberto González for a 2016 Poetry Society of America National Chapbook Fellowship. Her poem “I’m Trying to Write a Poem About a Virgin and It’s Awful” was selected for Best New Poets 2015 by Tracy K. Smith. Poems have also appeared in the New Yorker, Boston Review, FIELD, Kenyon Review, New England Review, and The Antioch Review. She is the recipient of the 2016 DISQUIET International Literary Prize, a Canto Mundo fellowship, and scholarships from the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley and the Image Text Ithaca Symposium. Sotelo has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, BookList, & was reviewed in the New York Time Book ReviewSotelo holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Houston. She serves as an Adroit Journal Summer Mentor, a committee member of the Poison Pen Reading Series, and on the City of Houston's Millennial Advisory Board.

Ira Sukrungruang

Ira Sukrungruang is the author of three nonfiction books Buddha’s Dog & other Meditations, Southside Buddhist and Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy, the short story collection The Melting Season, and the poetry collection In Thailand It Is Night. He is the recipient of the 2015 American Book Award, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Nonfiction Literature, an Arts and Letters Fellowship, and the Emerging Writer Fellowship. His work has appeared in many literary journals, including Post Road, The Sun, and Creative Nonfiction. He is one of the founding editors of Sweet: A Literary Confection (sweetlit.com), and is the Richard L. Thomas Professor of Creative Writing at Kenyon College. His website is buddhistboy.com.

 

 

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