Join us as we celebrate the release of Dario Beniquez’s debut poetry collection Zone of Silence (Flowersong, 2021) with a reception and reading. Dario has served our writing arts community in San Antonio and beyond for more than 23 years as a volunteer facilitator for Gemini Ink’s Open Writers’ Lab and more. We are excited to honor him and his work of heart, which takes on our complex times with poems that “confront the angst of contemporary life, space, war, theology, antibodies, economics, and love.”
San Antonio Poets in Solidarity with Ukraine are joining together for a reading in support of Ukraine. Please stay as long as you can in solidarity with one another and the people of Ukraine on this day we can peacefully and safely stand together in public for peace and equity and justice at this time of crisis. You can bring a sign. You can BE a sign. You already are a sign of peace to come.
Featured writers include screenplay pro, journalist and award-winning novelist, Bill Sibley; Alaska’s fiddling poet and touring performer bar none, Ken Waldman; New Mexico Book Award winner and editor, Veronica Golos; TEDx speaker for the Fearless Women Series and YA author Johnnie Bernhard; inaugural recipient of the Harlequin Creator Fund for Television Writing, Amie Charney; and Gemini Ink’s very own Open Writers’ Lab Facilitator for more than 20 years, Dario Beníquez, just out with his debut poetry collection from FlowerSong Press.
Whether you’re headed to the beach with its sand and sun or want to learn about new poetic voices from the shores of your couch, join Gemini Ink’s Executive Director Alexandra van de Kamp on an exploration of new or newly-discovered titles and her recommendations on recent “Best Reads!” lists. We’ll discuss sample poems from a wide range of poetry collections including Natalie Diaz, Morgan Parker, Urayoán Noel, Barbara Ras, Donika Kelly, Reginald Gibbons, and more. Poets of all levels welcome!
Join this line-up of groundbreaking authors to hear from their recent work and enjoy a conversation on how they are navigating questions of identity, voice, form, and more, while making sure their stories flourish and have a place at the literary table in these complex, fraught times. How do their craft decisions infuse how they are creating their voices on the page? How are they initiating important conversations, asking pivotal questions, and renegotiating what kinds of stories can be heard? An audience Q&A will be a part of this event. Kick-off your weekend with this rich literary exchange and conversation.
Zoom virtual open house features teaching artists presenting include National Book Award finalist Reginald Gibbons, New York City poet Patricia Spears Jones, award-winning authors Jen Knox, Nan Cuba, Jasmine Mendez, Sarah Colby, and Gemini Ink board president Charles Massiatte. Our evening will culminate in a reading and Q&A with Chicana postmodernist writer and critic Norma Cantú.
Welcome to the world of Noir, where the streets are dark with something more than night. Join us for a literary joyride through Texas and the West, down Park Avenue, and into the frigid Nordic landscape, a journey where the desperate and duplicitous encounter corruption, betrayal, and death – and no one comes out unscathed. Explore four timeless hardboiled classics: Dashiell Hammett’s Red Harvest, which started it all; Laura, The Getaway, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.