When Poetry Sings of Destruction: Machetes, Barbarians, and Ricochets - San Antonio Book Festival
May 21, 2022

When Poetry Sings of Destruction: Machetes, Barbarians, and Ricochets

  • 10:00 am - 11:00 am
  •    |   Location of Session: Latino Collection Resource Center
  • Adult Sessions
  • Start of Signing: 11:15 AM
  •    |   Signing Location: Festival Marketplace

About the Event

Tackling everything from idols like Billie Holiday to identity and sorrow, poets Tomás Q. Morín (Machete), Roger Reeves (Best Barbarian), and Alexandra van de Kamp (Ricochet Script) invite you to spend time with strong topics and share in the vulnerability of poetry. 

About the Authors

Tomás Q. Morín - The San Antonio Book Festival

Tomás Q. Morín

Tomás Q. Morín is the author of the memoir Let Me Count the Ways, as well as the poetry collections MachetePatient Zero, and A Larger Country. He is co-editor with Mari L’Esperance of the anthology, Coming Close: Forty Essays on Philip Levine, and translator of The Heights of Macchu Picchu by Pablo Neruda. He teaches at Rice University and Vermont College of Fine Arts. Let Me Count the Ways is his latest memoir and Machete is his latest poetry collection.
Roger Reeves - The San Antonio Book Festival Photo Credit: Ana Schwartz

Roger Reeves

Roger Reeves is the author of King Me and the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, and a 2015 Whiting Award, among other honors. His work has appeared in PoetryThe New Yorker, the Paris Review, and elsewhere. He lives in Austin, Texas. Best Barbarian is Roger Reeves’ latest book.

Alexandra van de Kamp - The San Antonio Book Festival

Alexandra van de Kamp

Alexandra van de Kamp is the Executive Director for Gemini Ink, San Antonio’s Writing Arts Center. Ricochet Script is her latest collection. Her two earlier collections of poems are Kiss/Hierarchy (2016) and The Park of Upside-Down Chairs (2010). She has published five chapbooks, including Dear Jean Seberg, which won the 2010 Burnside Review Chapbook Contest. Her poems have been published nationwide in journals such as The Cincinnati Review, Connecticut Review, The Texas Observer, Denver Quarterly, Cider Press Review, and Sweet: A Literary Confection, Tahoma Literary Review.
 

Moderator

Alexandra van de Kamp - The San Antonio Book Festival

Octavio Quintanilla

Octavio Quintanilla is the author of the poetry collection, If I Go Missing (Slough Press, 2014) and served as the 2018-2020 Poet Laureate of San Antonio, TX. His poetry, fiction, translations, and photography have appeared in numerous literary journals and his visual work has been exhibited in various galleries and art spaces including Southwest School of Art, Presa House Gallery, Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, and Equinox Gallery. He teaches Literature and Creative Writing in the M.A./M.F.A. program at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas.

Website: octavioquintanilla.com
Instagram @writeroctavioquintanilla
Twitter @OctQuintanilla

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