Aerial photograph of the Immaculate Conception Chapel

Poetry Readings, Friday, April 5, 7:00 pm

Juan Manuel Perez, 2011-12 Poet Laureate for the San Antonio Poetry Association is the authro of Another Menudo Sunday (2007), and six poetry chapbooks, including the horrifically acclaimed Dial H for Horror (2006), and Spirit of Motecuhzoma.  He is also a member of the San Antonio Poet's Association, The Poetry Society of Texas, The San Angelo Writers' Club, and the Science Fiction Poetry Association, as well as a student of the great Chicano poet Trinidad Sánchez, Jr.

David Dominguez’s full-length collection of poems, Work Done Right, was published by the University of Arizona Press, 2003. His work has been anthologized in How Much Earth: The Fresno Poets, Heyday Books, 2001; The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry, University of Arizona Press, 2007; Highway 99: A Literary Journey through California's Great Central Valley, 2nd edition, Heyday Books, 2007; and, most recently, The Bear Flag Republic, Alcatraz Editions, 2008. He teaches composition, literature, and poetry writing at Reedley College in central California.


Poetry & Fiction Readings, Saturday, April 6, 7:00 pm

Ruth Ellen Kocher won the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award for her first book of poems, Desdemona's Fire (Lotus Press, 1999). When the Moon Knows You're Wandering (New Issues Press, 2001), her second volume, received the Green Rose Prize in Poetry. Her most recent collection, One Girl Babylon, called “tender, tough poems” by Al Young, was published by New Issues Press in 2003. Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals, including The Missouri Review, She’r (in Iranian translation), Black Arts Quarterly, Denver Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, Poet Lore and Crab Orchard Review. She is a contributor to Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry, From the Fishouse, IOU, Angles of Ascent, Garden of Forking Paths, New Sister Voices and Approaches to Teaching Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, among other anthologies. She has been a fellow at the Bucknell Seminar, Cave Canem and Yaddo, and teaches in the MFA program at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Roxane Gay is the author of Ayiti and the co-editor of PANK, fiction editor of Bluestem, and a regular contributor to HTMLGIANT. Her work is published or forthcoming in Best American Short Stories, Best American Erotica, Best Sex Writing, Salon, The Rumpus, American Short Fiction, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Black Warrior Review, Mid-American Review, Indiana Review, Midwestern Gothic, Passages North, Hobart, Annalemma, Cream City Review, Bookslut, Artifice, and Lifted Brow, among others. She is an assistant professor of English at Eastern Illinois University.


Writing Workshops, Saturday, April 6, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm

  • Performance/Slam Workshop
  •  5-6 Workshops for college and high school students
  • Workshops for adult community members/faculty/staff
  • Open Reading 3:00-4:30 pm
  • "Meet the Writers" session 5:00-6:00 pm


Poetry Slam, 9:30 pm to 11:30 pm

This year's Poetry Slam will feature local Slam Poet and Radio Personality, Lincoln Schreiber.