SA 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.
From April 21 – 24, San Antonio College will host its 2014 Multicultural Conference: “Education as Revolution.” Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the conference will feature a diverse group of speakers, artists, and presenters. The conference will begin at 12:00 p.m. on the 21st with San Antonio Poet Laureate, Laurie Ann Guerrero, and will end Thursday, the 24th, at the Koehler House luncheon with Joseph Bravo. All events but the luncheon are free and open to the public. Tickets for the Luncheon are ten dollars. For a digital program of events see the following link.
On 1 April, 2014 San Antonio will have an investiture ceremony to inaugurate new San Antonio Poet Laureate Laurie Ann Guerrero. Guerrero is author of the wildly successful book of poetry, A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying, which was awarded the Andres Montoya poetry prize. She will relieve Carmen Tafolla, and will become San Antonio’s second Poet Laureate. The evening will run from 6:30-8:30 at the San Antonio City Council Chambers: 114 West Commerce Street. The event is free and open to the public.
On Tuesday, January 28, 2014, the Sun Poet’s Society and Barnes and Noble will host Oklahoma Poet Laureate Nathan Brown. The evening will feature a reading by Nathan Brown, as well as an open mic. Books by the Poet Laureate will be available. The event is free and open to the public.
Nathan Brown is the author of eight books, and in 2009 won the Oklahoma Book Award for Poetry for his book, Two Tables Over.