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Alumni Spotlight: Dario Beniquez

by Writing Workshops Staff

10 months ago


Alumni Spotlight: Dario Beniquez

by Writing Workshops Staff

10 months ago


Today, we're catching up with Dario Beniquez. Born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, and raised in Far Rockaway, NY, Dario is a Poet, Engineer, and Writing Workshop Facilitator at the Gemini Ink San Antonio's Writing Arts Center. He is also a Poetry Instructor for Voices de la Luna: a Quarterly Literature and Arts Magazine and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific University, OR. Dario recently attended Blake Kimzey's Path to Publication seminar.

FlowerSong Press recently published Dario's full-length collection of poems, Zone of Silence.

Dario's writing influences are Philip Levine, Nicholas Christopher, and Sandra M. Gilbert, among others. Currently, Dario is working on a second poetry collection.

He had this to say about attending Blake Kimzey's seminar on publication: "The Publishing in Literary Journals to Launch Your Career class was fantastic! The main takeaways for me were to have writing goals, don't give up, keep writing, and Submit, Submit, Submit!"

We're rooting for you, Dario! Thank you for letting us be part of your writing journey.

BIO: Dario Beniquez was born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, and raised in Far Rockaway, NY. He is a poet and engineer. He is an Army veteran and lives in San Antonio, Texas. For over 23 years, he  has facilitated the Gemini Ink Literary Arts Center Open Writers’ Workshop, which is free to the San Antonio community. He also facilitates the Voices de la Luna Literary Magazine poetry workshop, which he established. He holds a BEIE from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY; M.P.A., and M.S. in Industrial Engineering, from New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM; and an  MFA from Pacific University, OR. His poetry has been published in The Brave: a Collection of  Poetry and Prose, Red Palm Poetry Magazine, TEJASCOVIDO Literary Journal, San Antonio  Express-News, Chrysalis Literary Journal, Mesquite Review, The Texas Observer, Mojave  Desert News, di-vêrsé-city, Austin International Festival Anthology; VIA Poetry on the Move  Anthology, the Caribbean Writer, Kuikatl, 30 Poems for the San Antonio Tricentennial  Anthology, San Pedro Creek Poetry Anthology—San Antonio River Authority, El Placazo,  Humble Pie Literary Magazine, Rio Grande Review, McNay Art Museum, Exhibit: "Robert  Indiana: A Legacy of Love,” Unstrung Poetry Magazine, and elsewhere.

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