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March 2018

Veterans Writing Collective with Sarah Colby

March 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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Free

This collective’s mission is to encourage the art of writing in a workshop environment where participants offer honest, positive and constructive feedback. Geared to all active duty military, veterans, and immediate family members, the group is open to writers of all levels working in all genres.

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The Big Give SA 2018

March 22 @ 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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Help mobilize support for Gemini Ink at our annual Big Give Marathon Reading from 12-8 pm on Thursday, March 22nd at our offices. Sign up for a 5-minute slot to share the gift of your poems, songs, and stories and to celebrate how writing empowers others, our community, and ourselves. We'll be posting on Facebook and tweeting throughout the reading. Help us spread the word about Gemini Ink and shout-out your support for the literary arts! We couldn't provide our excellent programming without you! Sign up to read at http://bit.ly/2CKE3fJ Donate…

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Gemini Ink at Viva Tacoland

March 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Viva Tacoland, 103 W Grayson St
San Antonio, TX 78212
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Free

Featuring Jesse Cardona, Fernando Esteban Flores, Pablo Miguel Martínez, Mobi Warren. Followed by open mic.

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Open Writers Workshop

March 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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Free

Facilitated by Gemini Ink volunteers Dario Beniquez & John McLennon.

This free peer-driven workshop, held the last Monday of every month, is open to all writers.

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An Evening with Christopher Merrill

March 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Trinity University Holt Center, 106 Oakmont Court
San Antonio , TX 78212 United States
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Free

Join us for a talk with Christopher Merrill on being an artist in the era of Trump. His latest book is a memoir—Self-Portrait with Dogwood is described as a quiet classic by Luis Alberto Urrea where "...Beauty rises from every page."

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Writers Lab: Simply Complex — Birth, Death, and the Miraculous In-Between

March 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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Free

Daily living is a rich tapestry woven from pleasure, pain, joy, and sorrow. This writing group will focus on everything from the mundane to the glorious and develop our stories and poems into compelling written works.

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April 2018

Book Club: Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood

April 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Blind Assassin comes a breathtaking novel about a woman grappling with the tangled knot of her life. Disturbing, hilarious, and compassionate, Cat’s Eye is the story of Elaine Risley, a controversial painter who returns to Toronto, the city of her youth, for a retrospective of her art. Engulfed by vivid images of the past, she reminisces about a trio of girls who initiated her into the fierce politics of childhood and its secret world of friendship, longing, and betrayal. Elaine must come to terms with her own identity as a daughter, a lover, an artist, and a woman—but above all she must seek release from her haunting memories.

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The Transformative Power of Storytelling: A Memoir Workshop

April 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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$145.00

A “book” requires a whole village to create and to be appreciated. In this generative workshop, examine the healing medicine that is storytelling and consider the potential offered by its transformative capacity. Learn how an individual narrative can resonate out into a larger community with powerful results. Translate journal writings into memoir, develop strategies for mining unreliable memories, and expand your sense of what your writing can accomplish and for whom. Publishing possibilities, community outreach, and creative sustainability will also be explored.

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Literary Cafe: Poetry Publishing Today

April 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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$5

Join poets Octavio Quintanilla, Alexandra van de Kamp and Laura Van Prooyen as they discuss the glories and challenges of contemporary poetry publishing. Gain practical tips and the know-how to get your work out into the world.

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An Evening with Andre Dubus III

April 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Trinity University Holt Center, 106 Oakmont Court
San Antonio , TX 78212 United States
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Finding a Life through Words Gemini Ink and Trinity University Press present the Words Matter Series A series of lectures on the vital life of the written word. Join us for a talk, Q&A and evening reception with New York Times bestselling author Andre Dubus III. Dubus is the author of The Garden of Last Days (soon to be a major motion picture), House of Sand and Fog, a #1 New York Times bestseller and finalist for the National Book Award, and Townie: A Memoir,…

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Dreaming Fully and Honestly with Words: A One-Day Fiction Workshop

April 14 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
$155.00

Re-invigorate your prose writing by examining what master novelist Richard Bausch calls “the dreaming side of your mind.” Explore how tapping deeply into the subjective lens of your own memories is a way of dreaming our way back to honest, resonant sources for our work, whether fiction or memoir. Through in-class writing exercises and constructive critique, learn how to “dream” fully and creatively to write your most necessary and compelling stories, one honest word at a time.

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Veterans Writing Collective with Sarah Colby

April 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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Free

This collective’s mission is to encourage the art of writing in a workshop environment where participants offer honest, positive and constructive feedback. Geared to all active duty military, veterans, and immediate family members, the group is open to writers of all levels working in all genres.

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Gemini Ink at Viva Tacoland

April 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Viva Tacoland, 103 W Grayson St
San Antonio, TX 78212
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Free

San Antonio Myth, Mystery, & Madness: Open call for poets and writers to share their musings on all that is quintessentially San Antonio. Five-minute spots offered on a first come, first served basis. Followed by open mic.

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Poetry’s Vast Spaces: Exploring the Boundaries of Contemporary Poetry

April 21 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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$90.00

This workshop traces the boundaries of poetry, all for the sake of pushing them out even further! Spend a day exploring everything from the prose poem’s penchant for unlikely subjects, to found poetry, to the world of verbo-visual poems that can be “read” or “viewed.” Through readings and writing exercises, widen your sense of what a poem can do or be. Try on many poetic hats, including using and working with real-world materials.

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Open Writers Workshop

April 30 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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Free

Facilitated by Gemini Ink volunteers Dario Beniquez & John McLennon.

This free peer-driven workshop, held the last Monday of every month, is open to all writers.

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May 2018

A Night of Literary Discussion on the Life and Works of Playwright August Wilson

May 3 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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August Wilson, one of America’s great playwrights, completed a remarkable body of work: a play about African American life for each decade of the 20th century. Join Professor Bonnie Lyons as she celebrates his life by focusing on two pivotal works: Fences and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

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Fiction at The Twig

May 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Twig Book Shop, 306 Pearl Pkwy, Suite 106
San Antonio, TX 78215
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Reading, Q&A and book signing with award-winning authors Nan Cuba and Brittani Sonnenberg.
Nan Cuba is the founder and executive director emeritus of Gemini Ink, and teaches in the MA/MFA Program in Literature, Creative Writing, and Social Justice at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, where she is writer-in-residence. She is the author of Body and Bread, winner of the PEN Southwest Award in Fiction and the Texas Institute of Letters Steven Turner Award for Best Work of First Fiction.
Brittani Sonnenberg’s award-winning fiction has been widely published in magazines such as Ploughshares, O’Henry Short Story Prize Series, and Best American Short Stories. Her non-fiction has been published in Time Magazine, the Associated Press, NPR and elsewhere. Her highly acclaimed first novel Home Leave (2014) was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice.

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Panel Proposal Deadline

May 15

Gemini Ink, San Antonio’s independent literary arts center, seeks panel proposals for our 2018 Writers Conference on the theme “Writing the New Century,” July 20-22nd at the El Tropicano Hotel on San Antonio’s historic Riverwalk. The event will comprise a full schedule of workshops, readings, panel presentations, networking lunches, and a small press book fair. Featured writers include nationally acclaimed authors: Martín Espada, Norma Cantú, Vijay Seshadri, Veronica Golos, Debra Monroe, and Anel Flores.

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Veterans Writing Collective with Sarah Colby

May 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Gemini Ink, 1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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Free

This collective’s mission is to encourage the art of writing in a workshop environment where participants offer honest, positive and constructive feedback. Geared to all active duty military, veterans, and immediate family members, the group is open to writers of all levels working in all genres.

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San Antonio’s Literary History: A Plática with Tomás Ybarra-Frausto and Carmen Tafolla

May 24
Palo Alto College, 1400 W. Villaret Blvd
San Antonio, Texas 78224
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Join us for a public plática to discuss this question and to hear pivotal San Antonio literary figures speak about their involvement in the movimiento. A range of short readings from the newly published Literary San Antonio (TCU Press) will also be a part of this evening. Dr. Tomás Ybarra-Frausto and Dr. Carmen Tafolla will lead the discussion on the multi-faceted literary history of San Antonio. Writers y luminarios literarios include Texas Poet Laureate Rosemary Catacalos, San Antonio poet Jesse Cardona, and Mexican-American poet, translator, and television personality Evangelina Vigil.

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