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Gemini Ink’s Summer Literary Festival puts pen to paper this week

Looking for a way to let your inner writer flourish this July? Uncap your pens, open your journals, and get ready for Gemini Ink’s 9th Annual Summer Literary Festival, July 7-23. Classes, readings, seminars, performances, and workshops will be available to readers and writers of all ages. This year’s theme, City Vision/Urban Words, focuses on the literary inspirations that can be found in the hustle and bustle of city life.

“Our city is at a very exciting moment in its development, economically, artistically, politically, and spiritually,” says Rosemary Catacalos, Gemini Ink’s executive director. “Great cities deserve to be understood and celebrated, as do the people who live there.”

This summer’s schedule includes classes under the headings Fiction, Nonfiction, Lifelong Learning, and All Genres.

“The classes approach the theme of urban culture and city life in myriad ways,” says Lynn Gosnell, Gemini Ink’s communications director.

Check out some of the class titles: The City: A Character in Your Memoir; Reflections for City Folk; Writing from the Body; City Style; and Urban Nature: People/Place/

Space, to name a few. A Young Writer’s Camp called Words that Beat in the Heart of the City will be offered for ages 8 through 12 and 13 through 18. A complete list of speakers and classes can be found at

The festival’s centerpiece, “Celebrate San Antonio,” will be held at 6:30 p.m., July 21, at Gemini Ink, and will include readings from Express-News critic Mike Greenberg, playwright and novelist Sterling Houston, historian and Trinity University professor Char Miller, and poet Carmen Tafolla. Three local competition winners will read their manuscripts in the genres of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.

Other Literary Festival events include: 2 to Watch, a collaboration of words and visual images with artists from Artpace, weekly festival readings, private appointments with New York-based editorial consultant Marcela Landres, and a reader’s theater production, Of Chili Queens and Ranch Kings: South Texas Voices Through Time at the Witte Museum.

Gemini Ink, located at 513 S. Presa, is a nonproft, independent, community-based literary center that’s been nurturing writers and encouraging readers since 1997. or 734-9673 for more information and class registration.

- Christina Martinez

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