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Wendy Barker 80th Birthday Celebration & Book Launch

November 18, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CST


Please join Gemini Ink and our San Antonio writing community for an unforgettable birthday bash in honor of award-winning poet, dedicated educator, and scholar Wendy Barker!

Help us ring in Wendy’s 8th decade and celebrate the launch of her latest collection: Weave: New and Selected Poems by Wendy Barker (BkMk Press), at our downtown arts center, where Wendy will read from her book and join her friend, prior student, and fellow poet Natalia Treviño for a Q&A.

Wendy’s latest book will be available for purchase onsite, and the evening will culminate in a book signing, reception, light refreshments, and even some birthday cake!

Help us celebrate this literary moment with one of San Antonio’s beloved writers! 

Wendy Barker’s Weave: New and Selected Poems, is forthcoming in 2022 from BkMk Press. Her seventh full-length collection of poetry is Gloss, published by Saint Julian Press in January 2020. Her collection One Blackbird at a Time was chosen for the John Ciardi Prize and was published by BkMk Press in 2015. Earlier books include her novel in prose poems, Nothing Between Us: The Berkeley Years (runner-up for the Del Sol Prize and released by Del Sol Press in 2009); Poems from Paradise (WordTech, 2005); Way of Whiteness (Wings Press, 2000); Let the Ice Speak (Ithaca House, 1991); and Winter Chickens (Corona Publishing Co., 1990). 

Recipient of an NEA fellowship, a Rockefeller residency fellowship in Bellagio, as well as other awards in poetry, including the Writers’ League of Texas Book Award (which she has received twice, for Way of Whiteness in 2000 and for Between Frames in 2007) and the Mary Elinore Smith Poetry Prize from The American Scholar, she has also been a Fulbright senior lecturer in Bulgaria. Her work has been translated into Hindi, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, and Bulgarian. Poet-in-Residence and the Pearl Lewinn Endowed Chair at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she has taught since 1982, Wendy is married to the critic, biographer, and poet Steven G. Kellman. 

Born in Mexico, Natalia Treviño is the author of VirginX (Finishing Line Press) and Lavando la Dirty Laundry (Mongrel Empire Press), which has been translated to Albanian and Macedonian and published in Macedonia (2021). Her work has won several awards, including the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Award, the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize, the Literary Award from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio, the Menada Literary Award from Macedonia and several others. Natalia is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She works as a Professor of English and as an affiliate Mexican American studies faculty member at Northwest Vista College. Her publications appear in Open Plaza, Plume, The Southern Poetry Anthology, Bordersenses, Borderlands Texas Poetry Review, Sugar House Review, The Taos Journal of Poetry and Art, and several others. Her work also appears in several anthologies, including Contra: Texas Poets Speak Out (Flowersong Press), and Puro Chicanx Writers of the 21st Century (Cutthroat Press).

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.


November 18, 2022
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CST
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Gemini Ink
1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, TX 78205 United States
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