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This 4-week workshop takes place Tues, Oct 10, 17, 24, Nov 7.

Whether we’re experienced poets or new to the making of poems, finding sources for new work can be elusive. In this four-week workshop, participants will gain support and strategies for taking a distinct focused approach to generating poems. Allow a work of art to jump-start your writing, delve into writing in persona, and explore other groundbreaking ways into your poetry-making process. Participants will take away a sheaf of new poems and fresh pathways for generating work.

Pablo Miguel Martínez’s collection of poems, Brazos, Carry Me, received the 2013 PEN Southwest Book Award for Poetry and his chapbook, Cuent@, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2015. Martínez’s literary work has received support from the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation and the Artist Foundation of San Antonio and has been the recipient of numerous honors, including the Oscar Wilde Award and Chicano/Latino Literary Prize. Martínez is a co-founder of CantoMundo, a national retreat-workshop for Latina/o poets.

Check out: Pablo Miguel Martínez: A San Antonio Poet and Latinx Author at the Rivard Report


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


A.A. Milne wrote, “Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” In a world that seems to be moving faster and faster, it can be tempting to want our poems to write themselves as quickly. In this workshop, we’ll discuss patience as worldview, process, and tool for enrichening our own writing. We’ll read and discuss poems that model the value of patience and pacing and generate some drafts of our own.

Tarfia Faizullah Photo for Fall 2016Tarfia Faizullah’s poems appear widely in periodicals and anthologies both in the United States and abroad. Her first book, Seam (SIU 2016) is the recipient of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award, a GLCA New Writers’ Award, a VIDA Best Book of the Year Award, and a Milton Kessler First Book Award. Other honors include two Pushcart Prizes, a Fulbright fellowship, and fellowships from Bread Loaf, Vermont Studio Center, the Kenyon Review, and she was recently honored by Harvard Law School as one of 50 Women Inspiring Change. Her second collection, Register of Illuminated Villages, is forthcoming from Graywolf in 2018. Tarfia co-directs the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook Press and Video Series with Jamaal May, and is the Nicholas Delbanco Visiting Professor of Poetry at University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program.

*Free boxed lunch included in all 10am-3pm Saturday workshops.
Members, please sign up by phone at 210.734.9673 to receive 15% discount on class registration.
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Develop your craft and technique and challenge your usual paradigm, by throwing yourself into deep discussion and deep writing through a close look at three poets (Louise Glück, Lucille Clifton, and Yusef Komunyakaa). These poets talk back to God, sometimes questioning the supreme being’s authority in dirty, sassy tones, and doing it masterfully. Exercise your ability to talk in poems by using a persona, playing with stanza lengths, and implementing unexpected rhythm and beat. Explore a vast sea of poetic realms that will enliven your art.

v-golos-writing-for-peace-advisor copyVeronica Golos is the author of A Bell Buried Deep, co-winner of the Sixteenth Annual Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize (Story Line Press, 2003), Vocabulary of Silence (Red Hen Press, 2011), and Rootwork (3: A Taos Press, 2015). Golos’s work is widely published and anthologized. An accomplished writing teacher, she has taught poetry and multi-genre writing nationwide.

*Members—please sign up by phone at 210.734.9673 to receive 10% discount on class registration.
Saturday 10am–3pm workshops include a light snack. Please bring a brown bag lunch.
View our cancellation policy here

Blues poems, corridos, the décima, rap, walk poems, the bop, the sound poem, and the found poem— discover and expand your knowledge of performance poetry with NY/Puerto Rican poet and SLAM expert Urayoán Noel. Examine poetic form and performance across cultures and contexts, exploring form as a point of departure for writing personal and social histories.

noel_t2Author, literary critic, translator, performer, and assistant professor of English and Spanish at New York University, Urayoán Noel’s new collection of poems, Buzzing Hemisphere/Rumor Hemisférico was recently published by the University of Arizona Press (2015). Other poetic works include Los días porosos (2012), Hi-Density Politics (2010), Boringkén (2008), and Kool Logic/La lógica kool (2005). He is the author of the critical study In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam (University of Iowa Press 2014), winner of the Latina/o Studies Book Prize.
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*Members—please sign up by phone at 210.734.9673 to receive 10% discount on class registration.
Saturday 10am–3pm workshops include a light snack. Please bring a brown bag lunch.
View our cancellation policy here

Wed, Feb 3, 17; Mar 2, 16; Apr 6, 20; May 4, 18; no classes in June; July 20, Aug 3, 17; Sept 7, 21; Oct 5, 19; Nov 2, 16; Dec 7, public reading TBA
6–8pm, $650
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Instructor: Cyra S. Dumitru
Class Limit: 10. Preliminary writing sample required so that Ms. Dumitru can have a sense of your work before the class begins.
Level: All. Participants will receive and give supportive feedback to poems in progress.

Are you surrendering to the call of your poetic mind? Need guidance with shaping your emerging poems? Or the support and inspiration of other emerging poets? This yearlong course is designed to develop sustained inner listening and focus on the craft of poetry. Respond to others’ poems and receive feedback on your own. Explore the flexibility of the lyric and the narrative, as well as the defined structures of haiku, sestina, and the villanelle. Complete course assignments, and maintain a required personal journal throughout the year as a seedbed for poems, as well as for cultivating self-understanding.

Required Books:
The Poetry Home Repair Manual: Practical Advice for Beginning Poets by Ted Kooser (Bison Books, 2007)
The Best American Poetry (2006), edited by Billy Collins and David Lehman (Scribner, 2006; Kindle version, 2008)

Shop local and purchase these books at The Twig, San Antonio’s veteran indie book shop.

To Enroll: Submit 8–10 pages of original poems, all in one Microsoft Word or PDF file at: This preliminary writing sample is required so that Ms. Dumitru can have a sense of your work before the class begins.
Deadline: January 25, 2016

Cyra Dumitru--Photo 1 copyCyra S. Dumitru is a poet and an author of memoir and meditative essays. Her three poetry collections are Remains (2008) and What the Body Knows (1999), both from Pecan Grove Press, and Listening to Light (River Lily Press 2003). She teaches poetry writing and literature at St. Mary’s University. Dumitru has received degrees in English from Indiana University in Bloomington and the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is also Certified in Poetic Medicine through The Institute for Poetic Medicine based in Palo Alto, CA and administered by John Fox, CPT.

*Members—please sign up by phone at 210.734.9673 to receive 10% discount on class registration.
Saturday 10am–3pm workshops include a light snack. Please bring a brown bag lunch.
View our cancellation policy here


Payment Options:
Call Gemini Ink at 210.734.9673 to set up the payment options below.

1) Pay $650 in full ​after submission of writing sample. Become a member to receive a 10% discount (only applies to full payments)
2) Pay $108/month for 6 months (final month being $110)
3) Pay $55/month for 12 months (a processing fee of $15 applies to this option to defray additional processing costs)

For questions about this class, contact Alexandra van de Kamp, Creative Writing Classes Program Director,, 210.734.9673