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May 2019

American Pastorals: An Online Poetry Workshop

May 6
Online Workshop

Bodies inhabit landscapes, are part of the landscape, and often the traditions and behaviors of specifically-identified bodies define the landscape. From Hesiod to Patricia Smith to Billy-Rae Belcourt to Ocean Vuong, we’ll interrogate what it means to be a body, to belong, to be scrutinized geographies, and to inhabit the late-capitalist American landscape. Our poems will excavate and attempt to envision what it means to be stewards of the land while also playing a role in the presumed purveyance of justice.

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From Seed to Page: Developing New Ideas for Writing About Food

May 11 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
CIA, 312 Pearl Parkway Building 2, Suite #2102
San Antonio, TX 78215 United States

This discussion-based class explores how food writing can be a gateway to better understanding of history, culture, and ourselves. We will talk about why writing about food is important, the history and types of food writing, resources for conducting research and, more importantly, how this work connects us to our history and the world around us. Come prepared to discuss some pre-assigned reading and your ideas for a food-related essay you are interested in writing.

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Science Fiction, Humanity, and the Mind

May 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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In an experience designed for fans of films like Blade Runner, Ex Machina, and Solaris, this discussion-based class will inspect how sci-fi authors depict the mind and mental identity and the way in which these depictions reflect our conceptions of humanity. We’ll work together to answer questions about human and post-human identities and the technologies that can alter perceptions of both as seen in fiction by Philip K. Dick, Stanislaw Lem, Mary Shelley, and others.

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June 2019

Literary Excursions: Critically Acclaimed Contemporary Short Stories

June 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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In each session of this class, we will examine two short stories, focusing on what distinguishes them from other examples of the form—the literary style, message, theme, characters or something else? As a group, we will try to determine what aspects contribute to the story’s critical acclaim. Then, we’ll document our reasons for determining whenever a story is overrated! All stories available through online search. June 5: Jhumpa Lahiri’s “A Temporary Matter” – “New Yorker,” 4/30/98 & George Saunders’ “The…

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