Staff

Sarah Colby

Administrative Support

Sarah Colby was born in northern New Mexico and raised in the Rocky Mountains. She is married to an active-duty Chaplain in the U.S Army and is mother to a son in the Navy. Sarah has an MFA in Creative Writing from Sierra Nevada College and an exuberant interest in making the ordinary luminous. Her wartime experiences have motivated her to be a voice for the mostly untold stories of families and loved ones during these years of protracted conflict. She is currently working on a manuscript of poems about her wartime experiences. Sarah has been published in the Segullah Journal, the Sierra Nevada MFA Creative Writing blog, Gemini Magazine Poetry Open, New Millennium Writings and VIA Poetry on the Move. She, her husband, and their two cats are delighted to have found a home in warm and welcoming San Antonio, Texas.

email: scolby@geminiink.org

Florinda Flores-Brown

Writers In Communities Program Director

Florinda Flores-Brown is a writer and educator from Laredo, Texas now living in San Antonio. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College and taught for eight years as both a bilingual elementary school teacher and college English instructor. Florinda writes plays and fiction while occasionally dabbling in poetry. Her favorite pastimes include trail running, reading, and camping with her husband, two boys, and three dogs.

email: fbrown@geminiink.org

Larissa Hernandez

Registrar and Operations Manager

Larissa Hernandez is a writer born in Eagle Pass, Texas, raised in Arizona, and now lives in San Antonio. She is currently a candidate in the combined MA-MFA program in Literature, Creative Writing, and Social Justice at Our Lady of the Lake University. She served as a staff editor for Eleven Rivers Review at Palo Alto College, and has displayed her written work at art exhibits around San Antonio. Larissa writes creative nonfiction and fiction that reflects her experiences as a borderlands transplant, a mother, and a devout fan of punk rock.

email: lhernandez@geminiink.org

Amanda Ireta-Goode

Development Director

Amanda Ireta-Goode has an extensive background in fundraising, grant writing, event planning and marketing. Her passions include language, the written word, community organization, and animal rescue. She shares her experiences as a first-generation immigrant from Central Mexico through her poetry and believes that language has the power to build, transform, and unite communities. Amanda loves reading, performing, and hiking with her husband and three rescue dogs.

email: aireta@geminiink.org

Russell LeDay

Finance Manager

Russell LeDay, an Opelousas, Louisiana native, serves as the Finance Manager for Gemini Ink through the SAGE Back Office Program. He received his BS degree with a major in Accounting and an MBA from Grambling State University of Louisiana and ABD in Organizational Leadership at Capella University.

For over 20-years, Russell has dedicated himself to a career in fiscal management for higher education and non-profit organizations. He has served at ARCO Oil and Gas Company, Grambling State University, Texas College, Langston University, and currently, San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside.

email: rleday@geminiink.org

Anisa Onofre

Marketing & Publications

Since 2009, Anisa has worked with the Writers in Communities (WIC) program (for four years), as well as Publications, producing over seventy anthologies and books through WIC. Currently, she heads Marketing and Publications at Gemini Ink. She also co-runs Aztlan Libre Press, a small publishing house in San Antonio.

email: aonofre@geminiink.org

Patrick Stockwell

Literary Programs Director

Patrick Stockwell is a native of Houston, Texas and holds an MFA in Creative Writing-Fiction from New Mexico State University where he served as an assistant editor for Puerto del Sol and a coordinator with La Sociedad para Las Artes and the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series. He is the co-founder of the Lone Star Salon reading series, The Short Fiction Soundtrack literary performance series, and worked to organize other events throughout Southeast Texas arts communities.

email: pstockwell@geminiink.org

Alexandra van de Kamp

Executive Artistic Director

Alexandra van de Kamp is the Executive Director for Gemini Ink and teaches poetry workshops at Gemini Ink and online, through The Poetry Barn. She is the author of two full-length collections of poems: Kiss/Hierarchy (Rain Mountain Press 2016) and The Park of Upside-Down Chairs (CW Books 2010). She has also published several chapbooks, including Dear Jean Seberg (2011), which won the 2010 Burnside Review Chapbook Contest. Her poems have been published in journals nationwide, such as The Cincinnati Review, Connecticut Review, 32Poems, Denver Quarterly, The Taos Journal of International Poetry & Art, and Washington Square. Her work has been nominated for five Pushcart Prizes and Best of the Net.

email: avandekamp@geminiink.org