Editor’s Note: This homage to former state Sen. and Mayoral Candidate Leticia Van de Putte was read by State Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla, San Antonio’s first poet laureate, at a recent Save Miguel’s Home event at Miguel and Guadalupe Calzada’s home in Beacon Hill, in appreciation for Van De Putte’s support for the project while still in office, and later, on the campaign trail.
After a succulent breakfast at the Briscoe Western Art Museum and a few inspirational talks from San Antonio’s finest and prominent Friday morning, the annual 12-day DreamWeek summit is officially underway.
“That’s what you call religion.” Felix Padrón, executive director of San Antonio’s Department for Culture and Creative Development, seemed visibly moved by the acceptance speech of San Antonio’s new Poet Laureate Laurie Ann Guerrero.
“…having [one] brings a kind of magic into every life–the real thrill of art; to me that is what this is about–not a fancy title, but the quickening feeling of how words can matter.”
When speaking about the role of San Antonio’s poet laureate, a title that still holds much ambiguity among the general population, Gemini Ink Executive Director Sheila Black describes the appointed poet as “A lightning rod for words and stories, an example of the power of words across the city.” Black is one of the city’s key literary leaders spreading love of the written word to all of San Antonio.