THE POWER OF POETRY - San Antonio Book Festival
April, 15 2023


  • 11:15 am - 12:15 am
  •    |   Location of Session: Swartz Room
  • Adult Sessions
  • Start of Signing: 12:30 pm
  •    |   Signing Location: Festival Marketplace

About the Event

Mahogany L. Browne (Chrome Valley) and Joshua Burton (Grace Engine) discuss linking the past, present, and hopefully, a better future through poetry. 


About the Authors

 Mahogany L. Browne - The San Antonio Book Festival Photo Credit: Heath Antonio

Mahogany L. Browne

Recently named one of the Kennedy Center’s NEXT 50, Mahogany L. Browne is a writer, educator, and organizer. Browne is the executive director of JustMedia, a media literacy initiative designed to support the groundwork of criminal justice leaders and community members, founder of the diverse literature initiative, Woke Baby Book Fair, and the artistic director of Urban Word NYC. She is also the author of Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice, and the young adult novel Vinyl Moon. Chrome Valley is her latest book of poetry. 

Joshua Burton - The San Antonio Book Festival Photo Credit: Cindy Trinh

Joshua Burton

Joshua Burton is a poet and educator from Houston, Texas, who earned his MFA in poetry from Syracuse University. He is a 2019 Tin House Winter Workshop Scholar and a 2019 Center for African American Poetry and Poetics fellowship finalist. His work can be found in Mississippi Review, Gulf Coast, The Rumpus, and more. He is the author of Grace Engine, a collection of poems.


Joshua Burton - The San Antonio Book Festival

Octavio Quintanilla

Octavio Quintanilla is the author of the poetry collection, If I Go Missing, the founder and director of the literature & arts festival, VersoFrontera, publisher of Alabrava Press, and former Poet Laureate of San Antonio, TX. His most recent collection of poetry will be published by Texas Review Press in 2024. He teaches Literature and Creative Writing at Our Lady of the Lake University.

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