Inkstravaganza Gala

“Empowering Young Voices”
October 24, 2019, 6-9pm
The Pearl Stable

Texas Poet Laureate Carrie Fountain

Help us celebrate the power of creative writing in young lives! This year we spotlight our Writers in Communities (WIC) program and two authors whose work centers on the experience of young writers.

Inkstravaganza committee members Alexandra Van De Kamp, Natalia Trevino, Pam Duesing, Carmen Tafolla, Patricia Portales.

You’re invited!

Gemini Ink is hosting our annual Inkstravaganza Gala “Empowering Young Voices” on Thursday, October 24 at the Pearl Stable. The gala takes place from 6-9pm with a reception, featuring the “Fountain of Youth” cocktail created especially for this occasion, followed by a festive dinner by Page Barteau Catering, silent auction and raffle, and a Writers in Communities (WIC) presentation. We hope you can join us for a full evening celebrating the power of creative writing in young lives!

This year we spotlight our Writers in Communities (WIC) program and Texas Poet Laureate, Carrie Fountain, whose award-winning poetry and writing for youth bridges genres and centers the experiences of young readers. Carrie Fountain will also be featured in conversation with Naomi Shihab Nye.

Carrie Fountain is the author of two books of poetry, including Burn Lake, winner of the 2009 National Poetry Series Award, and is a literary voice to be reckoned with. Her debut YA novel I’m Not Missing was a Bustle Best YA Book of July 2018. Her children’s book, The Poem Forest (2020), tells the story of American poet W.S. Merwin and the palm forest he grew from scratch on the island of Maui. As Gemini Ink’s 2015 poetry mentor and a gifted facilitator of workshops, Fountain has been an active contributor to the San Antonio literary landscape.

Naomi Shihab Nye, just named the U.S Young People’s Poet Laureate and a dynamic San Antonio literary citizen, joins Gemini Ink in honoring Carrie Fountain as a rising literary star and will conduct a conversation with Fountain celebrating groundbreaking work happening in youth writing and the importance of empowering the voices of tomorrow.

The gala, emceed by notable journalist and Gemini Ink board member Cary Clack, will also feature live mariachi music by Los Aguilas de Oro, a mariachi student performance group from Harlandale ISD. The featured artist for this event is John Picacio, one of the most acclaimed American artists in science fiction and fantasy book publishing over the last decade, creating best-selling art for George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, as well as the Star Trek and The X-Men franchises. His work on A Song of Ice and Fire has become a favorite amongst Game of Thrones fans worldwide. Picacio will be on site selling cards, posters, and archival prints as part of our fundraiser.

Consider joining us and these two poets laureate as a sponsor with your selection below:

Your support ensures that writers of all ages—from 5 to 95—continue to find inspiration, support, and connection through our programs and beyond. We look forward to seeing you at Inkstravaganza 2019!

Burn Lake ($10,000)
Highest Sponsor billing: premier seating table for eight; signed copies of The Tiny Journalist by Naomi Shihab Nye; eight complimentary raffle tickets; major event sponsor recognition on invitation, program, signage, and online.

Voices in the Air ($5000)
Sponsor billing: preferred seating table for eight; eight signed copies of I’m Not Missing by Carrie Fountain; recognition on invitation, program, signage, and online.

A Maze Me ($3500)
Sponsor billing: preferred seating table for eight; eight signed copies of The Turtle for Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye; recognition on invitation, program, signage, and online.

I’m Not Missing ($2,500)
Sponsor billing: preferred seating table for eight; eight chapbooks featuring original work from our Writers in Communities program; recognition on invitation, program, signage, and online.

Instant Winner ($1,800)
Table for eight; eight signature saddle stitch booklets; recognition on invitation, program, signage, and online.

The Tiny Journalist (single ticket) $175

Comes with a signature saddle stitch booklet.
Purchase tickets beginning Monday, August 12, 2019 online at

Inkstravaganza Sponsorship Levels

Can’t make it to Inkstravaganza but still want to support creative writing in young lives? You can donate here.


Contact Alexandra van de Kamp to purchase tickets and tables: | 210-734-9673

Estimated fair market value is $50 per seat. Contributions over market value are tax-deductible. Gemini Ink is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (EIN 74-2774094) that teaches the craft of writing to people of all ages and skill levels so they can trust their creative voice and unlock their power.

Inkstravaganza Committee

Clarice Golightly-Jenkins, Pam Duesing, Patricia Portales, Carmen Tafolla
Natalia Treviño, Marcia Goren Weser, Laura Van Prooyen,
Larissa Hernandez, Amanda Ireta-Goode, Alexandra van de Kamp