Mission

Gemini Ink’s mission is to teach the craft of writing to people of all skill levels so they can bring their stories to life.

Vision

We envision a world where all people experience the power of the writing arts.

The Four Pillars of Craft

Form
Ambition
Language
Polish

Strategic Vision

Our strategic vision is to teach 12,000 people how to bring their stories to life by 2024.

Everyone Has A Story

We believe writing that story is powerful. When people learn the four pillars of writing, they learn the power of the craft of writing. When they learn the power of the craft of writing, they bring their stories to life. Our strategic vision is to teach 12,000 people how to bring their stories to life by 2024.

Results

Gemini Ink’s programs serve children, youth and adults across San Antonio. We serve an estimated 4500 participants annually: 83% take our programs free of charge, and 67% of those served are people of color. With 25% of households in the city under Federal poverty and a population 63% Latino and 8% African American, our outreach into all corners of the city is especially significant.  For 27 years, we’ve increased access to the writing arts, grown literacy, and built joy in and engagement with reading and writing.

Staff

Joshua Cantú
Registrar & Administrative Assistant 
joshua@geminiink.org


Florinda Flores-Brown
Director of Programs
fbrown@geminiink.org

Florinda Flores-Brown is a writer, educator, and nonprofit professional from Laredo, TX, now living in San Antonio. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Dance from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Goddard College. She currently works as Gemini Ink’s Director of Programs, through which she oversees creative writing workshops that help diverse communities across San Antonio bring their stories to life. Florinda has performed live stories at TPR’s Worth Repeating, Listen To Your Mother, Jump-Start Performance Company, and other San Antonio shows and venues. She also writes short fiction and plays.


Mandy Lynn Lara
Public Classes Coordinator
mllara@geminiink.org

Mandy Lynn is a member of San Antonio’s PuroSlam slam poetry team representing San Antonio in the national competition. She is co-founder of Raise the Whisper, a poetry and arts group dedicated to using art to help heal the effects of family rape. For the last four years, Mandy Lynn has worked with Write Art Out, Inc., a literary non-profit organization in San Antonio, and has lead writing workshops, hosted events, mentored emerging writers, and is currently taking a lead role in organizing Fresh Ink Youth Slam.


Siri Lindhom
Grant Writer


Anisa Onofre
Marketing Director
aonofre@geminiink.org


Anisa has worked at Gemini Ink since 2009 when she became the Partner Classes director (previously Writers in Communities) placing writers and artists to work in community settings such as public schools, senior centers, detention centers, and homeless and crisis shelters. From these projects, she has published over seventy anthologies of poetry, fiction, prose, drawings, photography, recipes, and more. She has been Gemini Ink’s Marketing and Publications Director since 2013. She is also a co-publisher with her husband Juan Tejeda at Aztlan Libre Press.



Princeso Santamaria
Partner Classes Coordinator
santamaria@geminiink.org

Princeso is a queer, xicanx poet dedicated to documenting and uplifting queer peoples of color. They can be found dancing over dimly lit dancefloors or reading about temporal-space travel. Their work has been hosted by El Comalito Collective, Ofrenda Magazine, the Gender Equity Resource Center at UC Berkeley, California Youth Connection, the Puente Program at Laney College, the Ethnic Studies Department at Cal State Fullerton, and foolsFURY SF Theatre.
Photo by Canelo Cabrera


Alexandra van de Kamp
Executive Director
avandekamp@geminiink.org

Alexandra is the author of three full-length collections of poems: Kiss/Hierarchy (Rain Mountain Press, 2016) and The Park of Upside-Down Chairs (CW Books, 2010). Her recent collection, Ricochet Script, from Next Page Press was published in the spring of 2022. She has also published several chapbooks, including Dear Jean Seberg (2011), which won the 2010 Burnside Review Chapbook Contest. Her poems have been published in journals nationwide, such as The Cincinnati Review, Connecticut Review, 32Poems, Denver Quarterly, The Taos Journal of International Poetry & Art, and Washington Square. Her work has been nominated for five Pushcart Prizes and Best of the Net.

National Advisory Board

Andre Dubus III

Ben Fountain

Juan Felipe Herrera

Edward Hirsch

Debra Monroe

Urayoan Noel

Barbara Ras

Martha Rhodes

Richard Russo

David Shields

Naomi Shihab Nye

Joan Silber

Patricia Spears- Jones

Chuck Wachtel

Board of Directors

Charles Massiatte, President

Erik Aagaard, Secretary & Interim Treasurer

Jay Brandon

Cary Clack

Martin Rico

John Phillip Santos

Christa Squyres

Alexandra van de Kamp (Ex-Officio)

Interns

Jimena Ibarra