poetry

Arts & Culture
4:51 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Meet Laurie Ann Guerrero, San Antonio's New Poet Laureate

Laurie Ann Guerrero.
Octavio Quintanilla

As of April 1, San Antonio has its second poet laureate in Laurie Ann Guerrero.

"I’m the new poet laureate of San Antonio, and I’m working on a new book,” she said.

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:

“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.”

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Arts & Culture
9:58 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Tafolla Tells The Story Of San Antonio In Final Performance As Poet Laureate

Poet Laureate, Carmen Tafolla (left) and Mi Pueblo players at the Guadalupe Theater.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Carmen Tafolla, San Antonio's first poet laureate, will hand off her duties to her successor when his or her identity is announced today, April 1. 

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.   

"San Antonio, Mi Pueblo," a play of locally-themed performance poetry and original music, played to a packed house at Guadalupe Theater Saturday night. 

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Arts & Culture
10:28 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Carmen Tafolla Reflects Ahead Of Her Final Performance As Poet Laureate

Carmen Tafolla in the TPR studios.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

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.

“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.

She will be joined onstage at the event by several other San Antonio poets and musicians.

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Books
12:44 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

A Poetry Reading: 'To My Oldest Friend, Whose Silence Is Like A Death'

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 1:59 pm

Fresh Air's classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz is also a poet. He recently published a poem about friendship and loss on Poets.org. It's titled "To My Oldest Friend, Whose Silence Is Like A Death:"

In today's paper, a story about our high school drama
teacher evicted from his Carnegie Hall rooftop apartment

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Arts & Culture
2:04 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

"Poetic License" Taken With Carmen Tafolla Films

Carmen Tafolla
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Carmen Tafolla’s run as San Antonio’s Poet Laureate is coming to an end soon, and she's being honored by the city in an unusual way. Seven San Antonio filmmakers were selected to create short films based on seven of Tafolla's poems.

“We feel that this is a great opportunity to combine poetry and film in a new manner,” said the city's Special Projects Manager Sebastian Guajardo.

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The Two-Way
9:24 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Book News: Mexican Poet Jose Emilio Pacheco Dies At 74

Mexican writer Jose Emilio Pacheco poses for the photographers after the Cervantes Prize ceremony on April 23, 2010, in Madrid.
Carlos Alvarez Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 6:22 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Arts & Culture
2:44 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Do You Have What It Takes To Be The City's Next Poet Laureate?

San Antonio's 2013 Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla in the TPR studios.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

The city of San Antonio is looking for its top wordsmith. The pay isn’t great, but according to Dr. Carmen Tafolla, the gig is.

"It is a wonderful, wonderful experience," said Tafolla, San Antonio's current poet laureate whose reign is nearing the end. She said she thinks highly of the city that allowed her the honor to represent it.

"We are very, very fortunate to be in a city that recognizes the power of poetry, the power of words, and its ownership by the community," Tafolla said.

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Arts & Culture
11:34 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Can A Poet Teach Business Leadership? UTSA Says 'Yes'

David Whyte
Scott Garen

UTSA’s College of Business is bringing in someone to help develop leadership, and it's a curious choice: Internationally renowned poet David Whyte.

"You’ll find that there’s a good poem for almost every threshold of human experience," Whyte explains.

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The Source - April 2, 2013
6:37 am
Tue April 2, 2013

The Source: Poetry And Compassion In San Antonio

courtesy of Richard Blanco

In the first segment:

Guest - Richard Blanco

The fifth poet to read at a Presidential Inauguration, following in the steps of Robert Frost (1961) and Maya Angelou (1993), Richard Blanco's poetry explores the meanings of identity, place and culture and his story is compelling, having been "made in Cuba, assembled in Spain and imported to the United States."

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United States of Poetry
9:40 am
Fri November 16, 2012

U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey Speaking At UTSA

Tonight, the U.S. Poet Laureate is the featured speaker at UTSA’s Creative Writing Series; Natasha Trethewey is expected to read from her Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry collection.

Trethewey was serving as the poet laureate for the State of Mississippi when she was selected as the 19th poet laureate of the United States in June. Her first poems, titled, “Domestic Work,” won the inaugural 1995 Cave Canem poetry prize. Her third collection, "Native Guard,” was awarded the 2007 Pulitzer Prize.

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