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Inkstravaganza 2023 honoring Jenny Browne
November 10 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm CST
Celebrating Jenny Browne at the McNay Art Museum Moroccan Courtyard and Leeper Auditorium, Friday, November 10th, 6:30-9:30 pm
Award for Literary Excellence
Dr. Vanessa B. Beasley, Trinity University’s 20th President
& Naomi Shihab Nye
Dr. Rachel Pearson
2023 Inkstravaganza Committee
Wendy Atwell, Amie Charney, Eileen Curtright, Joey Fauerso, Meaghan Ritchey, Claudia Stokes, Burgin Streetman, Alexandra van de Kamp, and Laura Van Prooyen
Don’t miss Gemini Ink’s 23rd Inkstravaganza in celebration of the writing arts by joining us on November 10th in honoring Jenny Browne, as we celebrate her remarkable accomplishments as a groundbreaking poet, gifted educator, and community voice for the transformative impact of literature in our lives.
Jenny Browne is the author of four collections: Fellow Travelers: New and Selected Poems (2019), Dear Stranger (2014), The Second Reason (2007), and At Once (2003). A prolific poet and dynamic literary citizen at home and abroad, she served concurrent terms as City of San Antonio Poet Laureate (2016-18) and Poet Laureate of the State of Texas (2017) and, in 2020, was Distinguished Fulbright Scholar in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queens University, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Other awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry and the Cecil Hemley Award from the Poetry Society of America. She has been an integral part of the Trinity University faculty for 15 years, having joined the Department of English in 2007, where she currently teaches courses in creative writing and environmental studies, as well as co-directs Women and Gender Studies. In 2004, she received a prestigious three-year James Michener Fellowship from the University of Texas in Austin, where she received her MFA in Poetry.
Jenny Browne learned to walk on the grounds of Fort Sam Houston. After moving with her family to Maine and the Midwest, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1993. She continued her travels and lived in Alaska, West Africa, El Salvador and the South of France. These formative experiences with other cultures and landscapes shaped her commitment to literature as a means of opening minds, cultivating imagination, and creating empathy for people and places beyond one’s own skyline.
For most of her adult life, Browne has brought communities together to strengthen literacy and celebrate literary arts. From 1998-2004 she worked in local schools, libraries, and community centers with support from the Texas Commission on the Arts, the City’s UrbanSmarts Program, ARTSSanAntonio, and Gemini Ink. She created and designed a K-12 curriculum integrating writing, environmental education, and the poetics of place that was piloted in Gulf Coast schools. From 2000-2003, she founded and directed the Good Samaritan Center’s Literary Arts Program on San Antonio’s Westside.
Over the years, Browne’s work has created platforms and opportunities for people to engage in writing and to explore ideas and identities across cultures, economic backgrounds, and ages. She continues to build local, regional, and global partnerships and worked with Borderland Collective to create Narratives of Resettlement, a two-year-long creative collaboration with refugee families.
In 2012, Browne traveled with the U.S. Department of State and the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program on two cultural diplomacy tours, teaching poetry in the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya and the U.S. Embassy in Sierra Leone. She also completed a semester-long sabbatical in the Atacama Desert of Chile, and Oaxaca, Mexico, and continues to return to Belfast, Northern Ireland.
When she is not teaching or traveling, Browne writes in a hundred-year-old house in the historic La Vaca neighborhood where she lives with her husband, photographer Scott Martin, and their daughters Lyda and Harriet.
About our Teaching Artist of the Year, Joyous Windrider Jimenez!
Joyous Windrider Jiménez, a Gemini Ink teaching artist since 2016, is a poet, teatrista, mixed-media visual artist, and video creator. She melds performance and visual elements to articulate her healing journey and emotional literacy. Since 2009, she’s showcased her work both in San Antonio and online, with a recent publication in Puro Chicanx: Writers of the 21st Century by Cutthroat, A Journal Of The Arts and The Black Earth Institute.
As a teaching artist since 2012, she has worked with notable organizations such as SAY Sí, Gemini Ink, the Magik Theatre, San Antonio Wolf Trap, the McNay Art Museum, the San Antonio Museum of Art, and Blue Star Contemporary’s MOSAIC program for youth. Her teaching experience spans diverse demographics, from preschoolers to retired adults, and includes cancer survivors, incarcerated youth, mental health warriors, title I students, and foster care children. Her students have achieved recognition through public exhibitions, performances, publication, and awards, including Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards.