Thursday, July 23, 2015

10 Things You Have To Do This Weekend

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Gemini Ink @ Tacoland

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Similarly exploring marginalized voices within the context of poetry, visiting authors Dan Vera and Jennifer Bartlett join Northwest Vista College assistant professor Natalia Treviño to inaugurate Gemini Ink @ Tacoland, a new series launching in tandem with the mini-conference “Like Oak Trees: How Writing Transforms Community.” Born in South Texas to Cuban parents and now based in Washington D.C., Vera won the first ever Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize for 2013’s Speaking Wiri Wiri — a collection that weaves language, taste and culture into a witty tapestry inhabited by everyone from Captain Kirk to Carmen Miranda. Currently at work on a biography of late poet Larry Eigner (1927-1996), Brooklyn-based Bartlett draws from her own experiences with cerebral palsy to challenge stereotypes and champion the disabled through her works, the most recent being the deeply personal collection Autobiography/Anti-Autobiography. Promising to defy any preconceived notions one might have of a literary function, the nonprofit’s outdoor reading comes complete with signature Gemini cocktails (crafted from cucumber vodka, mint, lime and agave) and an open mic to follow. Free, 6:30pm Fri, Viva Tacoland, 103 W. Grayson St., (210) 368-2443, geminiink.org. — Bryan Rindfuss

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