Gemini Ink @ Tacoland

When: Fri., July 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 2015

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.

Price: Free