“ink well” —a suggestion/salutation/blessing to the literary community of Houston, the Texas Gulf Coast, and beyond.
Join Tintero Projects as we work with Inprint, a 30+ year old nonprofit literary arts organization in Houston, Texas, to host Ink Well, a new podcast available on this page and on SoundCloud and Apple Podcasts for anyone engaged in the world of reading and writing.
Our goal? – To interview writers (established as well as emerging) from across the United States on what it’s like to “ink well” in this day and age.
Check out this teaser video:
For the inaugural episode of Ink Well, we kick it with poet Analicia Sotelo, as we get ready for her new collection of poetry – Virgin.
Analicia Sotelo is the author of Virgin, the inaugural winner of the Jake Adam York Prize, selected by Ross Gay, forthcoming in February 2018. Bustle says, “Virgin introduces readers to a young, Mexican-American feminist narrator who is sarcastic and unafraid, curious and self-discovering, and interested in everything from unrequited love and heartbreak to un-romanticized sex and the historically fraught terrain of virginity, and so much more.” Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, praises the book: “Sotelo explores the power of mythologizing personal history in her striking debut…and from the start [she] cultivates intimacy through moments of vulnerability….With humanity and raw honesty, Sotelo finds fresh ways to approach romance, family, and more.”
Analicia is also the author of the chapbook Nonstop Godhead, selected by Rigoberto González for the 2016 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship 30 and Under, the 2016 DISQUIET International Literary Prize winner in poetry, and her poem “I’m Trying to Write a Poem About a Virgin and It’s Awful” was selected for Best New Poets 2015 by Tracy K. Smith. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Yorker, Boston Review, Kenyon Review, New England Review, The Iowa Review, and The Antioch Review. Analicia holds a BA in English literature from Trinity University and an MFA in poetry from the University of Houston, and currently serves as Director of Communications and Development for the nonprofit Writers in the Schools in Houston, Texas.
Poems read on this episode are from Virgin by Analicia Sotelo (Minneapolis, Milkweed Editions, 2018). Copyright (c) 2018 Analicia Sotelo. Reprinted with permission from Milkweed Editions. milkweed.org. To pre-order/purchase a copy of the book click here.
In episode 2 of Ink Well, we talk books and whataburgers with Daniel Peña, and all about his new novel BANG.
Daniel Peña is a Pushcart Prize winning writer and Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Houston-Downtown. His debut novel BANG, published by Arte Público Press, is described by NBC Latino as “such a timely novel that offers devastating insights into how communities adapt to severe shifts in culture and society.”Publishers Weekly says, “Peña examines the symbiosis of the United States and Mexico and makes painfully clear the negative effects of international trade legal and illegal. This is a notable and compassionate novel.”
Formerly based out of the UNAM in Mexico City, he worked as a writer, blogger, book reviewer and journalist. His fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, The Rumpus, the Kenyon Review Online, Callaloo, Huizache and elsewhere. He’s currently a regular contributor to the Guardian and the Ploughshares blog. He is a Fulbright-Garcia Robles Scholar and a graduate of Cornell University. He lives and teaches in Houston, TX.