Free Author Talk & Discussion with Poet Vincent Cooper, February 15th, 2023
A Free Monthly Online Lecture Series from WritingWorkshops.com & Gemini Ink
February 15th, 2023 via Zoom @ 7PM CST
Up Next: Poet Vincent Cooper, author of the poetry collection, Zarzamora. This session will be moderated by Christopher “Rooster” Martinez, an educator and spoken word poet from San Antonio, Texas.
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March 2023: Leticia Urrieta
April 2023: Steve Adams
May 2023: Andrew Porter
June 2023: Richard Z. Santos
Previously (01/23): We featured poet Allison Hedge Coke:The Big Texas Author Talk is a *free* lecture series devoted to showcasing Texas authors from across our big state. Each month we feature one Texas author in conversation with another—from New York Times bestsellers living in Dallas, Houston, and Austin to our rich Texas Latinx border authors living in Laredo and McAllen, not to mention from other deep pockets and corners of our culturally diverse state.
Our lecture series is as entertaining as it is informative—and like Texas itself, we offer a vast array of storytellers who represent the spirit of our extremely distinct Lone Star State and continue to keep us on the literary map.
In the past, we’ve featured novelists such as Kathleen Kent, Marisol Cortez, Joe Lansdale, and Antonio Ruiz-Camacho and Texas poet laureates such as Carmen Tafolla, Laurie Ann Guerrero, Jenny Brown, and Emmy Perez.
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“It's time to celebrate the poet and buy this book, it's a new voice, not one tied to timid convention or gimmicky stealth that results in poetry of cowardice—t tries to please no one, vociferates its own claim to Chicano identity and culture and does so with exuberance, even compassion and vulnerability—yes, compas y vatos y locos, get off it and go out and buy this book and pass it to other plebe, it’s time to celebrate this poet, unabashedly, honor this book written in blood, tears and laughter and pride, and love, adelante!!” Jimmy Santiago Baca – author of Working in the Dark: Reflections of a Poet of the Barrio.
Vincent Cooper is the author of Where the Reckless Ones Come to Die (Aztlan Libre Press), Zarzamora: Poetry of Survival (Jade Publishing), and Infidelis (forthcoming from Mouthfeel Press). He is a Chicano Marine Corps Veteran and Macondista based in San Antonio, Texas. Cooper's poems have been seen in such fine publications as Huizache, Riversedge, Dryland Lit, and Somos En Escrito. He is currently at work on a hybrid genre book centering on his paternal heritage and how he came to be a Chicano named Cooper.
Christopher “Rooster” Martinez is an educator and spoken word poet from San Antonio, Texas. He earned a MA/MFA in Creative Writing, Literature & Social Justice at Our Lady of the Lake University. He is the author of two poetry books: A Saint for Lost Things (Alabrava Press, 2020) and As it is in Heaven (Kissing Dynamite Poetry Press, 2020). For twelve years, Rooster competed and won slams across the country and co-founded the literary nonprofit Write Art Out Inc.
PREVIOUS AUTHORS/TITLES INCLUDE
- Debut Novelist Fowzia Karimi: Above Us the Milky Way
- Edgar-winning novelist Joe R. Lansdale: Edge of Dark Water
- Winner of the Iowa Prize for Nonfiction Kendra Allen: When You Learn the Alphabet
- 2020 Texas Poet Laureate Emmy Perez: With The River on Our Face
- New York Times Bestselling Author Kathleen Kent: The Dime & The Burn
- Critically Acclaimed Novelist David Samuel Levinson: Tell Me How This Ends Well
- Award-Winning writer Antonio Ruiz-Camacho's Barefoot Dogs
- San Antonio Poet Andrea "Vocab" Sanderson's She Lives in Music
- Debut Novelist Heather Harper Ellett: Ain't Nobody Nobody
- Amanda Eyre Ward's New York Times bestselling novel The Jetsetters
- Jenny Browne's New and Selected Poems
- Rebekah Manley's Alexandra and the Awful, Awkward, No Fun, Truly Bad Dates
- Cliff Hudder, Pretty Enough for You
- Nan Cuba, Body and Bread
- Sherry Kafka Wagner, Hannah Jackson
- Edward Vidaurre, Pandemia & Other Poems
- Sergio Troncoso's, A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant’s Son
- Octavio Quintanilla, If I Go Missing
- Marisol Cortez, Luz at Midnight
- Deb Olin Unferth, Barn 8
- Mike Soto, A Grave is Given Supper
- Barbara Ras, The Blues of Heaven
- Johnnie Bernhard, Sisters of the Undertow
- Wondra Chang, Sonju
- Alexandra van de Kamp, Ricochet Script
- Laurie Ann Guerrero, I Have Eaten The Rattlesnake
- Carmen Tafolla, The Last Butterfly/La Ultima Mariposa, illustrated by Regina Moya
- Jill Alexander Essbaum, Hausfrau: A Novel.
- Daniel Peña, Bang
- Tomás Q. Morín, Let Me Count the Ways
- Allison Hedge Coke, Look at this Blue