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Bringing Paper to a Technology Fight

by Miranda Reinhardt on

The beginning of summer means the start of thousands of internships for thousands of anxious new interns. All around the world young adults are scrambling to find jobs where they can use their college experience to pave the way to their future career. For me, Trinity University Press is the place. My name is Miranda Reinhardt, and I have joined the TU Press team for the summer!


As an incoming junior, I find it refreshing to know that “Would you like an order of chips and salsa with that?” will not be coming out of my mouth a hundred times a day. Instead I look forward not only to moving out of my parent’s house, but also to learning about the business and art of book publishing.

 

Outside of work, school, and preparation for my future, I surround myself with technology daily. Being a part of this generation, apparently with the name “Millennials," it is hard not to be an active member of the technological movement. When I obtained my first e-reader, I was ecstatic to be able to carry multiple books on a single device, although I quickly missed the familiar rush of excitement over holding a new book in my hands. Ebooks open a new realm of possibilities for book lovers, but a screen with an image of the book cover cannot compare to the real thing—though the sensation is growing on me. Technology: I hate it and love it at the same time. It's changed the way we do things in our daily lives, whether it's how we communicate, shop, or, in this case, read.

 

I grew up with two brothers who love to game, and technology has been a big part of my life from early on. Gaming and watching television seemed natural, and as I get older I see how these activities have influenced who I am. Without my brothers I would not be the person I am today. So, yes, in my free time you might find me watching cooking competitions like MasterChef while simultaneously playing two games—with my roommate admiring my ability to multitask. The future is unknown, but I aspire to eventually work in marketing and public relations for a large gaming company. 


Technology is not my only interest. From kindergarten through the end of my freshman year of college, I played basketball and was extremely active. The sport gave me a chance to meet interesting people from all over the country. By the end of my time playing, I had been on eight different teams and played in almost fifteen different states. It is an experience I will never forget.

 

This internship at TU Press is an exciting opportunity that I hope will further my development in the working world and help me grow as a person. Here's to a great summer!

Donate to Trinity University Press for the Big Give SA

by Rachel Cooley on

24 hours of community giving. One incredible chance to shape San Antonio’s future.

If you live S.A., then give S.A. 

This year, Trinity University Press is proud to ​participate in The Big Give SA, a 24-hour online giving event in support of local nonprofits doing good work to make San Antonio awesome. The big day is next week ​on May 5th and we hope you will be a part of it with us.  

Trinity University Press publishes ​important, internationally recognized, award-winning books intended for curious readers who are committed to lifelong learning in a variety of subjects. We are proud to do our part to bring San Antonio to the world, and the world to San Antonio. We hope you agree that we are an important part of the cultural scene in our city! From the San Antonio Book Festival to Fiesta, we’re an integral part of San Antonio and we’re proud to share our city with the world in books about our River Walk, artists, and food.  

​We can’t do it alone! We need readers and supporters like you. Book sales alone can’t support what we do, and many of the books we make available worldwide simply might not get published without your support.  

Please consider supporting your friendly neighborhood book publishers for this amazing one day event! You can even fill out this form now, pledging to give on May 5th. 

With the Big Give, it just takes a few seconds to make a difference in your community! Whether you support us or other nonprofit groups doing important work in San Antonio, we hope you will join us in making The Big Give SA one of the best in the country. Every gift helps more than you know, no matter how small or large.  

Please make sure to share this message with your friends and family. Let’s tell everyone about this awesome day for nonprofits!

Words Without Walls: Writing from Alternative Spaces

by Eliza Perez on

Writing done in alternative spaces — be it a prison, a rehab center, or a shelter— can help people recover or work through whatever is happening in their lives. Writing gives people the opportunity to be vulnerable and open themselves up to new ways of thinking. Words Without Walls is a creative writing partnership between graduate students in Chatham University’s MFA in Creative Writing Program and Allegheny County Jail, the State Correctional Institution of Pittsburgh, and Sojourner House (a drug and alcohol treatment facility for mothers and their children). From two of the programs founders comes the book, Words without Walls: Writers on Addiction, Violence, and Incarceration, a collection of more than seventy-five poems, essays, stories, and scripts by contemporary writers – serving as inspiration for other writers and mentors in these alternative spaces.

By sharing these stories, co-editors Sheryl St. Germain and Sarah Shotland are contributing to some greater truth that makes writers a part of something bigger than themselves. 

The following is an excerpt of the poem, “Kindness" by Naomi Shihab Nye, a Trinity University graduate who has been a Guggenheim Fellow and a Lannan Fellow, as well as the reciepient of numerous awards for her writing which include the Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, four Pushcart Prizes, and many more. 

 

Kindness
Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.
How you ride and ride
thinking the bus will never stop,
the passengers eating maize and chicken
will stare out the window forever.
Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness,
you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho
lies dead by the side of the road.
You must see how this could be you,
how he too was someone
who journeyed through the night with plans
and the simple breath that kept him alive.
Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,
you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing. 
You must wake up with sorrow.
You must speak to it till your voice
catches the thread of all sorrows
and you see the size of the cloth.
Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
only kindness that ties your shoes
and sends you out into the day to mail letters and purchase bread,
only kindness that raises its head
from the crowd of the world to say
it is I you have been looking for,
and then goes with you everywhere
like a shadow or a friend.

Valentine's Day: A Gastronomic Interpretation of Love

by Eliza Perez on

Last month, as people were returning to San Antonio after winter vacation, I went to the event Domesticity: A Gastronomic Evening of Love with Bob Shacochis at the Pearl Stable, where Shacochis and his wife—better known as Miss F to readers of Shacochis’s book, Domesticity—discussed their whirlwind romance and food.

Shacochis and Miss F were lively, their conversation full of tongue-in-cheek banter moderated by Texas Monthly’s food critic, Patricia Sharpe. They reflected on their marriage and the connection between heart and stomach as students from the Culinary Institute of America San Antonio provided tastings of the recipes from Shacochis’s book.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, readers can enjoy their own gastronomic interpretation of love with delicious recipes from Domesticity, such as the recipe below for a raspberry charlotte with berry purée.

Nothing says love like a homemade dessert. The challenge this Saturday, dear reader, is “to seduce your eater,” as Shacochis says.

 

RASPBERRY CHARLOTTE

Makes 6 to 8 servings

 

1 cup milk

3 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

3 egg yolks, beaten smooth

1 envelope unflavored gelatin

1/3 cup water

Butter

15 ladyfingers

1 cup whipping cream

1 pint raspberries

 

In a medium-size saucepan, heat milk, sugar, vanilla, and salt to boiling point. Remove from burner and beat in egg yolks. Return to heat and stir constantly, until mixture starts to thicken; don’t allow to boil. Remove from heat. Thoroughly dissolve gelatin in water, then stir into hot milk-egg mixture. Cool until mixture begins to thicken (refrigerate if necessary). Lightly butter sides (but not bottom) of a 12-inch charlotte or soufflé mold. Arrange ladyfingers vertically along sides of mold, pressing gently to make them stay. Sprinkle sugar in bottom of mold to make unmolding easier. Beat cream in an ice-cold bowl until stiff peaks form. Beat milk-egg mixture vigorously if it has gelled. Carefully fold whipped cream into milk-egg mixture with a rubber spatula until well blended. Pour a third of mixture into mold, add a layer of raspberries (reserve a dozen or so berries for garnish); layer another third of mixture, then raspberries and, finally, mixture to fill. Cover and refrigerate overnight. To serve, dip bottom of mold in warm water for a couple of seconds, then invert over a serving plate. Garnish with reserved berries. Serve with berry purée (recipe follows).

 

BERRY PURÉE

2 pints raspberries

1/2 cup sugar

Juice of 1 lemon

 

Puree berries in a food processor with sugar and lemon juice. Serve with charlotte.

Gary Snyder and Julia Martin in San Antonio: A New Conversation in an Old Friendship

by Rachel Cooley on

Beloved poet Gary Snyder and South African writer and scholar Julia Martin will discuss their decades-long friendship on March 4 at Trinity University. The evening celebrates their new book, Nobody Home: Writing, Buddhism, and Living in Places, which collects their many letters and musings.

As Snyder likes to say, it’s not over yet. He and Martin will continue their ongoing conversation on campus, exploring themes from the book such as ecological and gender politics; issues of community, bioregion, and place; Snyder’s priorities for writing; and core musings like suffering, old age, sickness, and death.

Please join us for this conversation and poetry reading at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 4.  

 

SOUTH-NORTH, WEST-EAST

Crossing the equator

curving over the Atlantic ocean space, south-north, west-east—

Cape Town and Table Mountain, Namaqualand, Kalahari—to Cape Mendocino, Shasta, Black Rock desert—Julia and I have tossed our paper airplane letters toward each other now for over thirty years, mostly swooping ok down

To compare our wild/tame female/male scholar/artist parent/wanderer tricks

with each other. All on the path of walking, writing and sitting.

I’ve learned so much from her. And I love this neo-Gondwanaland we share. It’s not over yet.

GARY SNYDER

 

An evening with Gary Snyder and Julia Martin

March 4, 7:30–9 pm

Chapman Center | Great Hall | Trinity University

East Rosewood Avenue

San Antonio, Texas