“At Gemini Ink we believe human story in all its diverse and complicated forms and genres — from poetry and fiction to memoir and oral tradition — is essential to developing compassion and richness in both individual and community life.” This is but one portion of Gemini Ink’s Vision statement located on their website, but their list of aspirations for writing and reading goes on and on.

Located in downtown, Gemini Ink stands as a place of refuge and growth for readers and writers alike. This local non-profit literary arts center offers many outreach programs to the community in hopes of promoting an overall growth and understanding of literature, theatre, film and other related art forms.

One of the outreach programs is Writers in Communities (WIC). Through WIC, published writers are sent out into the community to schools and other institutions to inspire and educate students about writing. The writers teach students about literary topics, such as creative writing and storytelling. According to Gemini Ink’s website, the success of this program has brought about recognition from various news outlets, most notably, The New York Times and San Antonio Express-News.

Gemini Ink also  offers the Dramatic Readers Theatre (DRT) program, where performers dramatically read literature aloud, often complimented with music. This program offers audiences a chance to really see the literature of local authors come to life. DRT’s next event will be a collaboration with San Antonio Museum of Art entitled “Writers Respond to Art,” which will feature San Antonio writers Norma Cantú, Barbara Renaud Gonzalez and Derek Delgado. These writers will perform original pieces responding to the museum’s Latin American Art collections. This free event is Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 9:30 p.m. at the San Antonio Museum of Art.

University Without Walls (UWW) stands as Gemini Ink’s broadest programs. UWW offers classes and workshops about craft and creativity from a highly qualified faculty. Students and educators are allotted a five percent discount upon enrollment. Some upcoming classes include The History in Poetry and Young Adult 101. Both of these classes have a registration deadline of Wednesday, Nov. 2 and will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5.

Call (210) 734-9673 for more information.

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