Lou Taylor reads a poem at Gemini Ink during the 2015 BigGiveSA. Photo by Scott Ball.
Lou Taylor reads a poem at Gemini Ink during The Big Give SA, 2015. Photo by Scott Ball.

Gemini Ink would like to invite the San Antonio literary arts community to an intimate engagement with two of the most regarded women in contemporary literature.

Antonya Nelson has been called a “master of domestic drama.” Her novels and short stories center around issues that strike the heart of the family. Nelson’s work appears regularly in such popular publications as the New York Times, Harper’s, and Esquire Magazine. Her short story, “The Expendables,” won the Flannery O’Connor Award for short fiction. Antonya has published seven short story collections and four novels. She currently teaches creative writing in Houston.

Laura Kasischke is the author of nine poetry collections and ten novels. Her collection of poetry, “Space In Chains,” won the 2009 National Book Critics Award. Like Nelson, Kasischke’s work focuses on “the dark side of domesticity,” and has been described as “lyrical, haunting, beautifully eerie, and strange.” Two of her novels, “The Life Before Her Eyes” and “White Bird in a Blizzard,” have been made into major motion pictures.


Nelson and Kasischke have been good friends for many years and have shared the experience of making a life as a female author in a male dominated genre. This event, which will be held at the home of Gemini Ink’s board member, Michael Soto, is meant to generate a salon-like conversation where attendees can discuss and learn about everything from the creative process to the unique struggle of women in the writing community. The evening will include readings from both Kasischke and Nelson, a conversation with the audience, as well as cocktails and lavish appetizers.

“(Friday’s event) is a chance to get a glimpse of the writer behind the book, and of the story behind the story,” said Sheila Black, executive artistic director of Gemini Ink.

Making A Life In Writing will take place on Friday, May 15 from 6:30-8:30 in the evening. Tickets are $20 for members of Gemini Ink and $25 for non-members. All proceeds benefit the non-profit literary arts organization.

If you would like to take this opportunity to spend the evening with two of the leading women in today’s literary scene, please RSVP by phone or email: 210-734-9673, info@geminiink.org.

Tickets can be purchased here.

*Featured/top image: A local poet reads at Gemini Ink during The Big Give SA, 2015. Photo by Scott Ball. 

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Amanda Lane Harr is an intern at Gemini Ink, a non-profit organization for writers and readers in the San Antonio community. Amanda recently completed her thesis in creative writing at the University of...