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Weaving Across Languages: A Poetry Workshop with Octavio Quintanilla

September 12, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CDT


Tuesdays, Sept 12, 19 & 26, 2023 6:30pm-8:30pm CST, Hybrid (in-person at Gemini Ink and online via Zoom)
Instructor: Octavio Quintanilla
Nonmember: $145; Member: $125; Student/Vet/Mil $75




Slang, dialects, common expressions, codeswitching, and every variation of language from across the world. Translanguage captures the rich variety of how people express themselves. It taps into culture, family, all the places we’ve lived, and our own linguistic quirks.

In this three-session workshop, participants will study the poetry of writers who use translanguaging to infuse their work with a unique voice. Participants will identify and explore all of the languages that are part of who they are, and use prompts to write poems that weave in their linguistic identity. This workshop will also include techniques for effective revision and editing. 

This course is open to writers of all genres and skill levels, 18+. This course does not require fluency in more than one language, but multilingual students are highly encouraged to register.

In this course, students will:

    • Explore variations of language 
    • Learn techniques for applying translanguaging to your own work
    • Generate new poems and receive feedback for revision

Octavio Quintanilla is the author of the poetry collection, If I Go Missing, the founder and director of the literature & arts festival, VersoFrontera, publisher of Alabrava Press, and former Poet Laureate of San Antonio, TX. His Frontextos (visual poems) have been published and exhibited widely. His new poetry collection, The Book of Wounded Sparrows, is forthcoming from Texas Review Press in fall 2024. He teaches Literature and Creative Writing at Our Lady of the Lake University.

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.


September 12, 2023
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CDT
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