A Celebration of our State’s Big Appetite for Literature brought to you by Writing Workshops Dallas and Gemini Ink.

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UPCOMING AUTHORS AND TITLES

(Zoom Meetings Every Two Weeks @ 7pm CST; RSVP for Zoom invite)

8/19 & 9/2: Winner of the Iowa Prize for Nonfiction Kendra Allen: When You Learn the Alphabet
9/16 & 9/30: Edgar-winning novelist Joe R. Lansdale: Edge of Dark Water
10/14 & 10/28: Debut Novelist Fowzia Karimi: Above Us the Milky Way
11/18 & 12/2: Poet Wendy Barker


PARTNER BOOKSTORES
We’re excited to partner with Interabang Books in Dallas and The Twig Book Shop in San Antonio for The Big Texas Read. You can order your book directly from either bookstore and have it delivered to your front door!
THE PITCH
Unplug from the outside world and JOIN us at The Big Texas Read (TBTR) brought to you by Writing Workshops Dallas and Gemini Ink. As featured in Poets&WritersForbesThe Dallas Morning NewsSan Antonio Express-NewsU.S. News & World ReportSan Francisco ChronicleFort Worth Star Telegram, Houston Chronicle, and Texas Highways, we’ll be reading ONE work of prose or poetry written by a Texas author every month! We’ll be with you all the way from page one to “THE END” with our Zoom author chats and Q&A’s, scheduled every two weeks. It’s a big virtual book club, and we’d love for you to join in the fun!
FREE GIVEAWAYS
Keep a lookout for giveaways that come with being a book lover and taking part in The Big Texas Read, from free online WWD and Gemini Ink workshops to manuscript consultations. Help us celebrate the diverse literary voices of our state, and we’ll keep you company with great Texas authors and like-minded fellow readers. In these unsettling times, what could be better than a good book, a dynamic discussion, and meeting new friends?

Kendra Allen

Aug 19 & Sept 2, 7pm CST

NEXT UP:
Kendra Allen’s When You Learn the Alphabet


THE BOO
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Kendra Allen’s first collection of essays, When You Learn the Alphabet (The Iowa Prize in Literary Nonfiction)—at its core—is a bunch of mad stories about things she never learned to let go of. Unifying personal narrative and cultural commentary, this collection grapples with the lessons that have been stored between parent and daughter. These parental relationships expose the conditioning that subconsciously informed her ideas on social issues such as colorism, feminism, war-induced PTSD, homophobia, marriage, and “the n-word,” among other things.

These dynamics strive for some semblance of accountability, and the essays within this collection are used as displays of deep unlearning and restoring—balancing trauma and humor, poetics and reality, forgiveness and resentment.

When You Learn the Alphabet allots space for large moments of tenderness and empathy for all black bodies—but especially all black woman bodies—space for the underrepresented humanity and uncared for pain of black girls, and space to have the opportunity to be listened to in order to evolve past it.

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ABOUT KENDRA ALLEN

Kendra Allen was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, and is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Alabama. Her work has been published in BrevityDecember Magazine, and the Rumpus.

PRAISE FOR WHEN YOU LEARN THE ALPHABET
“Every generation has its seer, a writer of radical, fierce talent who tells it true, who writes the being and identity like a punch in the gut. Kendra Allen is this generation’s sharpshooter. To think: this is her first book. We are witnessing the birth of this astonishing star.”—Jenny Boully