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“Love Poems to San Antonio” lunch discussion to feature State Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla, local artist Rigoberto Luna

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Javier Flores, Department for Culture & Creative Development

“Love Poems to San Antonio” lunch discussion to feature State Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla, local artist Rigoberto Luna

SAN ANTONIO (February 18, 2016) – Valentine’s Day may be over, but it doesn’t mean San Antonians still can’t fall in love – with poetry! 

As part of its current exhibition in tribute to our city, the City of San Antonio Department for Culture & Creative Development invites residents to a lunchtime discussion on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 with Texas State Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla and local artist Rigoberto Luna. The “Love Poems to San Antonio” Reverie Lunch begins at noon at Culture Commons, 115 Plaza de Armas, in the Plaza de Armas building. Attendees can also view the exhibition on display featuring the visual and poetic works of local artists and writers. Lunch will be provided by Café O’liva for a $5 suggested donation.  

“Love Poems to San Antonio” is a signature initiative of current San Antonio Poet Laureate, Laurie Ann Guerrero. The project is meant to empower residents to illustrate their love for San Antonio. More than 100 poems were submitted from an array of community members. Twenty poems were selected for inclusion in the exhibition that also features visual works by local artists to transform the written words into this architecturally-integrated, text-based installation. 

Tafolla, San Antonio’s inaugural Poet Laureate from 2012-2014, will share insights into the process of writing love poetry and will read her love poem to San Antonio as part of the lunch discussion. Tafolla is an internationally-published poet and writer whose literary works have appeared in more than 200 journals, anthologies, textbooks, magazines and newspapers. She is the author of more than 20 books, including five books of poetry. A native of San Antonio, Tafolla has presented her works throughout the U.S., Mexico, Europe, and as far away as New Zealand.  

Luna, a local designer and artist, will discuss his inspiration for the graphic design installation of the poems included in the exhibit. Luna, also a San Antonio native, earned a degree in graphic design from the Pratt Institute in New York City. The award-winning designer has also participated in various art projects for organizations throughout San Antonio including artpace, San Anto Cultural Arts, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, Texas A&M University-San Antonio, and others.  

In 2012, San Antonio became the first major Texas city to recognize and appoint a Poet Laureate. Since then, the Department for Culture & Creative Development continues to develop community-wide events in conjunction with the Poet Laureate including festivals, workshops, readings and educational programming for students. 

The “Love Poems to San Antonio” exhibit remains on display through Friday, March 25, 2016.

For more information on this and other San Antonio Poet Laureate programs, visit

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