poetry http://tpr.org en Gemini Ink, Bibliotech Using Arts Grant For Digital Placemaking http://tpr.org/post/gemini-ink-bibliotech-using-arts-grant-digital-placemaking <p></p><p></p><p>A modest grant may play a no-so-modest role in the local arts scene. A National Endowment for the Arts grant has been awarded to Gemini Ink and Bibliotech. As Gemini Ink's Executive Director Sheila Black noted, it's not a massive amount of money.</p><p>“It’s $25,000, which is small for this funding source, but we’re thrilled," Black said. "The focus of the grant is creative placemaking.”</p><p>I asked Black exactly what creative placemaking is.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:40:09 +0000 Jack Morgan 35251 at http://tpr.org Gemini Ink, Bibliotech Using Arts Grant For Digital Placemaking Urban 15 Holding Poetry, Music Benefit For Eduardo Garza, Who Lost His Home In A Fire http://tpr.org/post/urban-15-holding-poetry-music-benefit-eduardo-garza-who-lost-his-home-fire <p>Urban-15 is hosting a big event on Sunday and the layout of talent coming to perform is quite impressive. Urban 15’s George Cisneros details it:</p><p>"George and Aaron Prado, we have Ken Slavin, Bett Butler, Juan Tejeda is coming in, Bryce Milligan, Carmen Tafolla, Sheila Black, Laughing Gravy, which is the improvisational jazz group that’s working out of the High Wire Arts Center," he said.</p><p>Those performers and many more are coming, including Urban-15's drummers. The name of the event is Up From the Ashes. The reason behind the name?</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:23:56 +0000 Jack Morgan 33577 at http://tpr.org Charles Wright Named 20th U.S. Poet Laureate http://tpr.org/post/charles-wright-named-20th-us-poet-laureate The Library of Congress has chosen Southern writer Charles Wright to serve as the nation&#8217;s next poet laureate beginning this fall.<p>Wright hails from Pickwick Dam, Tennessee. For years, he was a professor at the University of Virginia.<p>He began writing poetry while he was stationed in Italy with the U.S. Army, inspired by the work of Ezra Pound.<p>In announcing the selection, Librarian of Congress James Billington says Wright is a master of the &#8220;meditative, image-driven lyric.&#8221;<p>The 79-year-old Wright succeeds another Southern poet, Natasha Trethewey, as poet laureate. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 18:42:00 +0000 editor 33303 at http://tpr.org Charles Wright Named 20th U.S. Poet Laureate Gemini Ink's 'Paletas y Poesia' Celebrates South Side At Mission Drive-In http://tpr.org/post/gemini-inks-paletas-y-poesia-celebrates-south-side-mission-drive <p></p><p></p><p>There’s a special celebration on the South Side on Saturday.</p><p>“It’s really a way to present the newly-renovated Mission Drive-In," said Gemini Ink’s Ben Tremillo.</p><p>The iconic, re-imagined and refurbished Mission Drive-In is hosting an event called <em>Paletas y Poesía </em>— popsicles and poetry.</p><p>“It’s a free event, so we’re going to have free <em>paletas</em>, and of course poetry," said Tremillo. "We’re going to have some community poets that are reading out there. And then the San Antonio Poet Laureate Laurie Ann Guerrero is going to be reading as well."</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 19:53:32 +0000 Jack Morgan 32932 at http://tpr.org Carmen Tafolla On Maya Angelou's Passing And Art http://tpr.org/post/carmen-tafolla-maya-angelous-passing-and-art <p></p><p>Poet Maya Angelou died Wednesday morning, and who better for perspective on her passing than former San Antonio Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla.</p><p>"With the passing of Maya Angelou we have lost not just a great literary voice, but a courageous voice in defense of humanity." Tafolla said.</p><p>Here's an excerpt of the Paul Laurence Dunbar poem "Sympathy," which is perhaps Angelou's most apt metaphor and serves as the title of her autobiography:</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 20:04:06 +0000 Jack Morgan 32473 at http://tpr.org Carmen Tafolla On Maya Angelou's Passing And Art Worldwide Poetic Event Slated in San Antonio http://tpr.org/post/worldwide-poetic-event-slated-san-antonio <p></p><p>San Antonio’s Urban 15 is closing out National Poetry Month on April 30 with a six-hour online poetry reading called Mega Corazon.</p><p>The way it came about was through last month’s poetry event called "Mi Pueblo" by the city’s former Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla. George Cisneros, Urban-15's Media Director, explains:</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:06:31 +0000 Jack Morgan 30400 at http://tpr.org Meet Laurie Ann Guerrero, San Antonio's New Poet Laureate http://tpr.org/post/meet-laurie-ann-guerrero-san-antonios-new-poet-laureate <p>As of April 1, San Antonio has its second poet laureate in Laurie Ann Guerrero.</p><p>"I’m the new poet laureate of San Antonio, and I’m working on a new book,” she said.</p><p>Guerrero is just getting used to the new title and the work that it entails, and she has plans for how she wants to go about doing it. Priority one:</p><p>“Getting poetry into the hands of our youth" she said. "And what I want to do is use different avenues to do that -- media, events. I kind of want to bombard the city with poems. Inspiration. Comfort.”</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:51:22 +0000 Jack Morgan 29373 at http://tpr.org Meet Laurie Ann Guerrero, San Antonio's New Poet Laureate Tafolla Tells The Story Of San Antonio In Final Performance As Poet Laureate http://tpr.org/post/tafolla-tells-story-san-antonio-final-performance-poet-laureate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Carmen Tafolla, </span>San Antonio's first poet laureate,&nbsp;will</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> hand off her duties to her successor when his or her identity is announced today, April 1.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Over the weekend Tafolla starred in a stellar compilation of poems that, together, tell the story of San Antonio's rich culture -- from Latino humor to gospel music and everything in between. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 14:58:58 +0000 Eileen Pace 29246 at http://tpr.org Tafolla Tells The Story Of San Antonio In Final Performance As Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla Reflects Ahead Of Her Final Performance As Poet Laureate http://tpr.org/post/carmen-tafolla-reflects-ahead-her-final-performance-poet-laureate <p>Carmen Tafolla, San Antonio’s first poet laureate, is nearing the end of her time in the position, and as I found from talking to her, there’s no rest for the weary.</p><p>“Right now I’m still working away, scripting on a fantastic performance piece that is actually the last of the poet laureate signature series, and it’s March 29,” Tafolla said.</p><p>She will be joined onstage at the event by several other San Antonio poets and musicians.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:28:04 +0000 Jack Morgan 28592 at http://tpr.org Carmen Tafolla Reflects Ahead Of Her Final Performance As Poet Laureate A Poetry Reading: 'To My Oldest Friend, Whose Silence Is Like A Death' http://tpr.org/post/poetry-reading-my-oldest-friend-whose-silence-death <em>Fresh Air</em>'s classical music critic <a href="http://www.npr.org/people/4781320/lloyd-schwartz" target="_blank">Lloyd Schwartz</a> is also a poet. He recently published a poem about friendship and loss on Poets.org. It's titled "<a href="http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/23891" target="_blank">To My Oldest Friend, Whose Silence Is Like A Death</a>:"<p>In today's paper, a story about our high school drama<br /> teacher evicted from his Carnegie Hall rooftop apartment<p>made me ache to call you — the only person I know Wed, 12 Mar 2014 17:44:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 28133 at http://tpr.org