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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.


Readings by Sheila Black, Ariana Brown, and Lisha Garcia, followed by an open mic.

Read Passing My Disability On to My Children at

Fri, Sept 12 @ 7pm

Features local faculty Bárbara Renaud González,and Sheila Black. Open mic with Paschal Murat Booker, and others.

Bárbara Renaud González is a freelance writer, journalist and activist. Her essays and articles have appeared in The Nation, The Progressive, The Los Angeles Times and more, and her commentaries have aired on NPR’s Morning Edition, and LatinoUSA. González is a recipient of the Inter-American Press Association Opinion prize, has been a finalist for six Katies in radio commentary and print. Her book, Golondrina, Why Did You Leave Me?, was published in 2009 by UT Press, under the Chicana Matters imprint. González’s most recent publication is an interactive children’s book, The Boy Made of Lightning, based on the boyhood of Willie C. Velásquez, founder of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project. She resides in San Antonio, Texas.


Sheila Black is the author of two full-length poetry collections House of Bone and Love/Iraq (both CW Press) and two chapbooks–How to be a Maquiladora (Main Street Rag) and Continental Drift (Patriothall Gallery, UK) with painter Michele Marcoux. She recently co-edited with poets Jennifer Bartlett and Mike Northen Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability (Cinco Puntos Press), which was named a Notable Book for 2012 by the American Library Association (ALA). Her recent collection Wen Kroy (Dream Horse Press) received the 2011 Orphic Prize in Poetry. She is a 2012 Witter Bynner Fellow in Poetry, selected by US Poet Laureate Philip Levine.


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