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August 2021

The Big Texas Read Featuring Nan Cuba

August 18, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CDT

A Free Monthly Online Reading Series from Writing Workshops Dallas & Gemini Ink.
UP NEXT: We're reading and discussing Nan Cuba's novel, Body and Bread. This program will be moderated by Helen Fremont.

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Best Summer Poetry Reads for the “Beach”: An August Poetry Boost & Discussion

August 28, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm CDT

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!

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October 2021

Zoom Out & Dig It All! Finding Poetry in Our On- and Offline Lives with Award-winning Poet Urayoán Noel

October 28, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm CDT

This four-week generative workshop aims to encourage all us “Zoom’ed out” poets to zoom out in another sense: to embrace a broader view of what poetry can be on the page, the screen, and beyond. The workshop assumes that we don’t have to choose between print and digital (we can dig it all!), and that we can grow, innovate, and heal by bringing our writing closer to our everyday lives. For inspiration, we will examine work by a range of poets (artists’ books, smartphone poetry, hybrid forms of storytelling and collaboration), with special attention to diasporic and border-crossing poets whose work stresses the complex intersections of embodied space, writing, and technologies. We will work with 1-2 prompts per week, with the option to keep generating new pieces or to experiment with and reimagine existing ones. Our focus will be on solo work, but we will also try to daydream collaborative projects beyond market expectations of an atomized productivity.

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