The Big Texas Author Talk is a *free* lecture series devoted to showcasing Texas authors from across our big state. Each month we feature one Texas author in conversation with another—from New York Times bestsellers living in Dallas, Houston, and Austin to our rich Texas Latinx border authors living in Laredo and McAllen, not to mention from other deep pockets and corners of our culturally diverse state.
Whether a writer is talking directly to God or using religious reflection to try and make sense of humanity, poetry is shrouded in spiritual mystery and is often used to explore both concrete and intangible concepts of a higher power.
In this three-week workshop, we will study impactful poems from three women poets who invoke ideas of God or the gods. Louise Gluck’s book The Wild Iris enlists flowers from the garden of eden to help tell a story. Lucille Clifton’s “brothers” is an eight-poem conversation between an aged Lucifer and God. Natalia Toledo’s body of written work speaks to the Zapotec gods in three languages: Zapotec, Spanish, and English.
Gemini Ink is thrilled to host a Virtual Mentorship Celebration featuring our two 2022 Poetry Mentees: Taslim Tagore and Chelsea Wu! They have worked closely with award-winning poet Laura Van Prooyen through a 6-month mentorship that included writing practice, feedback, deep revision, and publication guidance. Join us from the comfort of your own home as we listen to the latest work from these up-and-coming writers.
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.