Touring Writers Series
RSA exposes Austin communities to award-winning literary works of regionally and nationally known writers and artists. It provides a forum for pioneering writers and performers to present their latest works to the local community in an intimate and accessible setting. Young writers and audience members are able to hear, see, and engage established and published writers from diverse cultural traditions. These writers serve as positive role models for developing writers. The events also encourage audience members to dialogue with writers about their work, thus initiating more immediate interaction between audience and artist.
RSA boasts the longest running literary venue in the city of Austin. Continuing the multi-decade tradition of open-mike series such as the Eastside/Southside Poetic Action and Canto Libre, Café Libro provides a forum for emerging and established proponents of spoken word. These readings feature talented writers ranging in ages from 9 to 80. Café Libro offers local writers/artists an opportunity to build self-confidence and performance skills by presenting their work to the communities of Austin.
Save Our Youth
Red Salmon Arts sponsors literary projects like Save Our Youth (SOY), one of the first in Austin to work with youth correctional facilities. By emphasizing cultural knowledge and pride, SOY seeks to empower “hard to reach” young people and redirects their negative activities into positive and reactive outlets through participation in workshops, which often include resident and other authors and artists focusing on culture (including music), arts, and literacy. These workshops help participants build self-esteem and develop verbal/written communication and conflict resolution.
Red Salmon Press
People’s Library of Resistance/Biblioteca del pueblo de Resistencia
A people’s multi-media library and archive documenting the history of resistance in Austin and across the Southwest. See the project here.