SA Poet Source for the Public and the Poet

Dr.%20Carmen%20Tafolla-2SA PoetSource was developed by San Antonio’s inaugural Poet Laureate, Dr. Carmen Tafolla, as part of her Signature Series of Initiatives. The website, created and developed in partnership with the San Antonio Department of Culture and Creative Development, operates as a point of convergence for the poets and public of San Antonio. As a tool SA PoetSource provides an avenue through which Poets can not only gain greater exposure and accessibility, but can also further establish distinct and direct interaction with the local public. Individuals, schools, and community organizations, through the website, can search for accomplished local poets according to the readings, workshops and performances each artist offers. The website separates poets into various subcategories based on the type of event and other specialties offered by the poets as well as the age of audience, allowing for quick and specific perusal. SA PoetSource is an effective conduit for promoting literacy in San Antonio through poetry and the literary arts — a preeminent goal of Dr. Carmen Tafolla’s. For access to SA PoetSource see the following website http://www.sapoetsource.com or click the badge below.

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Inkstravaganza Gala

inkstravaganza imageA lively summer in the Arts is winding down for San Antonio. Here is some information on an ideal capstone event. If you have not yet been able to see Carmen Tafolla, San Antonio’s first Poet Laureate, then here is a great opportunity. On Friday 6 September, Gemini Ink will be honoring Tafolla at the literary organization’s annual Inkstravaganza Gala. The event will be held at the Pearl Stable (307 Pearl Parkway). Information on ticket prices as well as sponsorship options are available at the following link: http://geminiink.org/inkstravaganza2013/

*Also in September, Voices de la Luna will resume its monthly Last Wednesday writing workshops. The workshops are a great chance to work with a community of apprentice and professional writers. There is more to come on Last Wednesday’s and other literary events for Fall 2013.

Rebozos takes the International Latino Book Award: a three category win for Tafolla, Gárate García, and Wings Press

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At BookExpo America in New York, on May 30, 2013, Carmen Tafolla’s bilingual collection of poetry, Rebozos, published by Wings Press, won the International Latino Book Award in three different categories: Best Book of Bilingual Poetry, Best Art Book, and Best Gift Book. The large format, full-color hardback book is illustrated with paintings by California artist Catalina Gárate García.

Rebozos explores the nature of its namesake, the Mexican woman’s rebozo, a rectangular shawl-like garment. The dynamic between Tafolla’s words and Gárate García’s paintings is at the heart of the book’s nuance, and illustrates the breadth of the rebozo as an icon embued with distinct cultural gravitas. Truly, Rebozos is a work of women which examines, most intimately, the work of women.

The International Latino Book Awards are amongst the most prestigious awards acknowledging accomplishments in Latino Literature. The awards were presented by Latino Literacy Now in partnership with Las Comadres para las Americas and the Instituto Cervantes.

For more on Carmen Tafolla’s work please visit her “Performance and Resource” page at http://www.salsa.net.

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