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The Poetry of Food with Eddie Vega
July 10, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CDT$125
Mondays, July 10, 17, 24 & 31, 2023, 6:30-8:30pm CST, in-person at Gemini Ink
Instructor: Eddie Vega
Nonmember: $125; Member: $105; Student/Vet/Mil $75
Food is much more than sustenance–it’s family recipes, friend-filled reunions, and debates over who makes it best, who made it right, and why ketchup can’t be spread on tamales! Most importantly, food is culture. This workshop will explore all of this and more as participants write about the dishes, meals, and snacks that have impacted their palate and their lives.
In this 4-session workshop, we will dig up memories we associate with food, and use these recollections to explore writing about the delectable in different poetic forms, including haiku, odes, sonnets, lists, etc. Each session will include mentor texts and generative work. This course is open to adult writers of all skill levels.
Students will leave this course with:
- Suggestions on how to capture the essence and meaning of food
- Knowledge of and experience with writing in different poetic forms
- Understanding of how personal history and culture influence how we perceive food
Eddie Vega is a poet, spoken word artist, storyteller, and educator. His poetry has been displayed on VIA Buses and downtown San Antonio buildings. His first full-length collection of poetry, Chicharra Chorus (FlowerSong Press) was published in 2019 and he is the 2021 recipient of the Literary Arts Grant from the Luminaria Artist Foundation. In 2022, Vega won the Haiku Death Match at both the Southern Fried Poetry Slam and the NSFPS BlackBerry Peach Slam. His latest project is a collection of poems written by South Texas poets entitled, Asina is How We Talk. Vega writes about food, Tejano culture, social justice, and the intersections thereof. Known as the Taco-Poet of Texas, he can be found nightly at an open-mic, slam, or taqueria anywhere throughout South Texas.
Parking at Gemini Ink
Gemini Ink offers free parking along the back wall of our downtown offices. Please access this parking lot from Augusta St and first park in any of the 12 spots along the back wall. Only when these 12 spots are full do we ask that you park elsewhere in our lot. We now rent our offices from UTSA and are collaborating with them to create a secure and accessible parking lot for our community of writers and readers.