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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.
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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.
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.
Shacochis and Miss F were lively, their conversation full of tongue-in-cheek banter moderated by Texas Monthly’sfood 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.
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
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).
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.
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.
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.
People trying to save our planet from catastrophic climate change navigate the world according to the ethical values they hold in order to take responsibility for their world.
Kathleen Dean Moore is Distinguished Professor of Environmental Philosophy Emerita at Oregon State University and coeditor of the award-winning book Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril. As a philosopher and nature writer, Moore makes a moral argument for doing the right thing for the Earth’s future—its environment, animals, and people.
On Thursday, February 5, Moore will give a talk, “On the Eighth Day: A New Path for Our Imperiled Planet,” about why changes to our lifestyle to slow climate change are critical.
We hope you can join us!
On the Eighth Day: A New Path for Our Imperiled Planet