The new year is upon us and LIT-url would like to enter the Year of the Dragon with a fresh start. And what better way to kick off 2012 than finding San Antonio’s first poet laureate? Nominations are still up for grabs (till January 18) for the position. In addition to promoting the ars poetica, the selected bard will serve a two-year term and receive an honorarium of $3,000. SA will be the first city in Texas to feature such a position. To make your nomination (self nominations not be accepted) go to info.sahearts.com/attachments/213_Nomination%20Form.pdf or contact Diana Hidalgo at Diana.Hidalgo@sanantonio.gov.
Have you made is a point to add writing to your never-ending list of new year’s resolutions? Gemini Ink’s University Without Walls spring registration begins this week. The fiction, nonfiction, and poetry classes are taught by local and nationally recognized writers. Gemini Ink was recently featured in 2011’s Sept/Oct issue of Poets & Writers as a “great alternative” to an MFA program. Novelist James Carlos Blake kicks off this year’s faculty reading series at 3:30 p.m. on January 21 with readings from his historical novels and short story collection. Check out the class listings at geminiink.org or call (210) 734-9673.
Looking to make a difference in the community? San Antonio Youth Literacy is looking for volunteer reading tutors for its Let’s Read! program. Complete a two-hour training session and SAYL will set you up with your tutee at various elementary schools around the city. Tutors must commit to spending at least one hour per week working one- on-one with students. Successful tutoring sessions last for eight-weeks and provides assistance to students at lower reading levels. Contact Mary Flannigan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (210) 299-1533.
And you can’t have new beginnings without the bittersweet endings. Say adios to Sandra Cisneros this year as she makes plans to leave the Alamo City for the high plains of New Mexico. The House on Mango Street author says she plans to start working on a new book as well as several literary projects. She will be missed.
"One day I will pack my bags of books and paper. One day I will say goodbye to Mango. I am too strong for her to keep me here forever. One day I will go away." — The House on Mango Street