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Identifying mode in poems is a valuable diagnostic and revision method. In this brief lecture followed by a workshop, we’ll define the four modes—lyric, narrative, argument, description—and read examples of each. Then we’ll turn to participants’ poems, first identifying the dominant mode and then asking whether the poem would be better served by a different one. Through this workshop, you can refresh your perspective on the revision process. Please bring copies of two poems that you’re unhappy with, but note that we might not have time for both.


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Natasha Sajé is the author of Red Under the Skin (Pittsburgh, 1994), Bend (Tupelo Press, 2004), Vivarium (Tupelo, 2014), and Windows and Doors: A Poet Reads Literary Theory, (University of Michigan Press, 2014). Sajé is a professor of English at Westminster College in Salt Lake City and the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Join us for a Reading with Natasha Sajé
Fri, Nov 9, 2018, 6-8pm at The Twig Book Shop.
Free and Open to the Public.

This workshop traces the boundaries of poetry, all for the sake of pushing them out even further! Spend a day exploring everything from the prose poem’s penchant for unlikely subjects, to found poetry, to the world of verbo-visual poems that can be “read” or “viewed.” Through readings and writing exercises, widen your sense of what a poem can do or be. Try on many poetic hats, including using and working with real-world materials.

Here’s Aaron discussing his upcoming class on YouTube.

A boxed lunch is included in this workshop.


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AaronAaron Deutsch received his MFA with distinction from Texas State University. His work appears in Foliate Oak Literary Journal, Willows Wept Review and is forthcoming in the anthology Thirty Poems for the Tricentennial: A Poetic Legacy. He teaches Academic English to the US’s many strategic partners and allies at the Defense Language Institute-English Language Center and offers poetry workshops in his new home in San Antonio, Texas.

Dive into contemporary American poetry by closely examining an array of cutting-edge poets. Through close reading, we will identify key writing strategies that will expand our own poetry making. Use deep admiration to access a wider palette of poetic tones and structures that will reinvigorate and broaden your poetic sensibility. Poems generated will be workshopped in class with revision strategies offered.

This is a multi-session workshop. Classes take place on Thursdays, Feb 22, Mar 1, 15, 22, 29, & Apr 5


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alexandra-sqAlexandra van de Kamp is the author of Kiss/ Hierarchy (Rain Mountain Press, 2016) and The Park of Upside-Down Chairs, along with several chapbooks, including Dear Jean Seberg, which won the Burnside Review Chapbook Contest. She has been published in numerous national journals, such as Denver Quarterly, Crab Orchard Review and The Cincinnati Review. Alexandra is the Creative Writing Classes Program Director at Gemini Ink.

Join us at The Twig Book Shop for a Reading & Book Signing with Wendy Barker, Natalia Treviño, and visiting NY poet George Wallace.

Wendy Barker’s sixth collection, One Blackbird at a Time, won the John Ciardi Prize (BkMk Press, 2015). Other books include Poems’ Progress, and Rabindranath Tagore: Final Poems. Her poems have appeared in hundreds of journals and anthologies, including The Best American Poetry 2013. She is the recipient of NEA and Rockefeller fellowships and has taught at UTSA since 1982.

Born in Mexico City, Natalia Treviño grew up in a Texas where her mother taught her Spanish and Bert and Ernie gave her lessons in English. Natalia has won several awards for her poetry and fiction including the 2004 Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Award, the 2008 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize and the 2012 Literary Award from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio.

George Wallace is Writer in Residence at the Walt Whitman Birthplace (2011-present), first poet laureate of Suffolk County NY, and author of 31 chapbooks of poetry, most recently Smashing Rock and Straight as Razors (Blue Light Press 2017). A seminal figure on the New York City poetry performance scene, Wallace maintains an active international schedule of workshops, lecture presentations & poetry readings. An adjunct professor of English at Pace University and Westchester Community College, he is editor of Poetrybay, Walt’s Corner, and co-editor of Great Weather For Media and Long Island Quarterly.

Take a workshop with George Wallace

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Award-winning NY poet George Wallace will stimulate your writing through exercises based on rediscovering and using your imaginative skills through generative wordplay. Brainstorm your own prompts and trigger ideas for new poems, in a friendly interactive group setting. Jumpstart your muse through exercises that enhance the writer’s ability to create space for the imagination to explore, invent, discover and roam.

Come out to hear George Wallace read at The Twig Book Shop the evening of January 20 at 6:30pm.

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Our next poetry workshop is Learning from Contemporary Masters: Re-Invigorate Your Poetry through Deep Admiration with Gemini Ink’s Creative Writing Classes Program Director Alexandra van de Kamp. It begins Feb 22.

George Wallace is Writer in Residence at the Walt Whitman Birthplace (2011-present), first poet laureate of Suffolk County NY, and author of 31 chapbooks of poetry, most recently Smashing Rock and Straight as Razors (Blue Light Press 2017). A seminal figure on the New York City poetry performance scene, Wallace maintains an active international schedule of workshops, lecture presentations and poetry readings. An adjunct professor of English at Pace University and Westchester Community College, he is editor of Poetrybay, Walt’s Corner, and co-editor of Great Weather For Media and Long Island Quarterly.

TUPLOGOWords Matter Series

Gemini Ink and Trinity University Press join together to present a series of classes and lectures created around the vital life of the written word. These classes take place at The Trinity University Holt Center, 106 Oakmont Court.

This one-day poetry (or prose!) workshop focuses on what we already have in our vast treasure-houses of material—what we haven’t used yet, what we might restyle as a gift for ourselves or someone else. In the December gift-giving and shopping season, writing itself might be our best gift. What about a poem in honor of someone else? A paragraph to be hand-printed on lovely paper as a treat for anyone you’d like to surprise? You will leave with at least 4-6 different rough drafts. Lots of presents! Open to all. Please read some Padgett poems and pick a few favorites before class.

Class text: Collected Poems by Ron Padgett or, any single volume by Ron Padgett.

Naomi Shihab Nye--her choice of picNaomi Shihab Nye has written or edited more than 35 books including the poetry collections Fuel (BOA Editions), Famous (Wings Press), Transfer (BOA Editions) and the Children’s books The Turtle of Oman and Habibi, to name just a few. A collection of short stories There Is No Long Distance Now (Greenwillow Books) came out in 2011. She has received a Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award, and the Paterson Poetry Prize, among other distinctions. Her collection 19 Varieties of Gazelle was a finalist for the National Book Award.

*Boxed lunch included in all 10am-3pm Saturday workshops.

Members, sign up by phone at 210.734.9673 to receive a 15% discount.

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The critic Harold Bloom once said “Shakespeare invented the human.” We won’t go that far, but much of what we think and feel about the world—how we construct our realities—comes from reading, from the works and words of authors we love. In this generative poetry workshop, we will explore how our reading can feed new writing.

*Boxed lunch included in all 10am-3pm Saturday workshops.

SheilaSheila Black is the author of four poetry collections, most recently: Iron, Ardent (Educe Press 2017) and Wen Kroy, winner of the 2011 Orphic Prize in Poetry. She is a co-editor of Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability and The Right Way to be Crippled and Naked: The Fiction of Disability: An Anthology (both Cinco Puntos Press). She received a 2012 Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress, for which she was selected by Philip Levine. She lives in San Antonio, Texas where she directs Gemini Ink.


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