People's Literary Festival

Rachel Salinas

Rachel Salinas is the CEO of the Inter-Tribal Council of AT&T Employees and serves on the Board of Trustees for Texas Native Health. She is also the creator of the award winning Did You Know video educational series and the showrunner for Tribal Talks, a webinar series at AT&T. Rachel is an enrolled member of […]

F. Anthony Falcon

F. Anthony Falcon is the author of Be Brave, Be Brave, Be Brave (POW! Kids’ Books), a children’s book set in Corpus Christi. He is also the 2022 recipient of Cara Mia Theatre’s “La Siembra Fellowship”, to write a Native American stage play based on Powwow Dances and their stories. As someone who considers himself […]

Scott Obenesser

Scott Obenesser is a Professor at Del Mar College where he currently teaches literature and First-Year Writing. His research is focused within the Environmental Humanities. He earned his PhD in English from the University of Mississippi in 2018 but has since taught in Germany, Alabama, and Texas.

William Mays

William Mays is a writer/editor/photographer. He edited the Corpus Christi Writers series. He wrote the Saga of George series. He photographed and published the Oso Creek Photography series. He and his wife own and operate, an online literary magazine.

Bianca Alyssa Pérez

Bianca Alyssa Pérez is from Mission, Texas – a small town bordering Mexico. She holds her MFA in Poetry from Texas State University, where she coordinates the MFA in Creative Writing program. She was the 2022-2023 Clark House Writer-In-Residence in Smithville, TX. Her chapbook, Gemini Gospel, is published with Host

Kent Lenz

Kent Lenz’s interest in teaching and writing has led him to reside in all four time zones of the contiguous US. He has a BFA and MFA in Creative Writing – Fiction and a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of English at Del Mar College.

Derek Willis Jr.

Derek Willis Jr. is a senior at TAMU CC and is currently working on a project that may take the form of a novel or a comic/web series. He loves fantasy and horror but is slowly dabbling in the sci-fi genre. Since 2020, he’s been brainstorming and drafting stories that have lingered in his mind. […]

Eduardo Villarreal De Los Reyes

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Eduardo Villarreal De Los Reyes: Matamoros, Tamaulipas, México. He has 6 books of poetry. Director of a monthly cultural forum at Brownsville, Texas named “ Poesía en Atril “ (2016 to present).


Tezozomoc is a Los Angeles Chicano Essayist, Poet and 2009 Oscar Nominated Activist, internationally published and has been published by Amoxcalco Books for “I am not your Chihuahua”, and by Floricanto Press, “Gashes!: Poems and Pain from the halls of injustice”, a collection of poetry, ISBN-13: 978-1951088040, 9/2019. Featured nationally and internationally across zoom open […]

Indigo Rodríguez

Indigo Rodríguez is a senior at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Indigo worked as an assistant editor for Vol. 21 of the Windward Review, redesigning the journal’s logo as well. Their essay “Green Sunlight in a Liminal Space” was published in Beyond the Island: the 2022 Islander Anthology of Travel Writing.

Gerald A. Padilla

Gerald A. Padilla is a publisher, translator, educator, and cultural promoter. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of Latino Book Review, the founder of Jade Publishing, and the President-Elect of the Instituto de Cultura Hispánica de Corpus Christi.

Joel Ortiz

Joel Ortiz has been reading and writing in this town publicly since 1990. He went off to live in Austin from 1994 to 2000. Since then he has lived in Corpus Christi and has been trying to change the perception that Corpus does not have readers or writers of poetry. He used to host a […]

Joe Lozano

Joe Lozano is an MFA poetry candidate at Texas State University. A son of Mexican immigrant parents, he is a first generation US citizen whose first language was Spanish prior to starting school. He holds BA in English, with a minor in Creative Writing, from the University of Texas – Austin.

Jayne-Marie Linguist

Jayne-Marie Linguist (she/her/hers) received her BA in English from TAMU-CC in 2021; she has recently returned to TAMU-CC as a graduate student in the MA English program. Jayne-Marie uses poetry as a tool for self-reflection and healing; she often writes about her experiences with mental health, queerness, and fat positivity.

Andrea Perez

Andrea Perez is a native of Corpus Christi Texas who started writing after the tragic death of her dog Maximilian to aid in her grief.  She is a US Army veteran who works full-time as an Audiologist and enjoys creating poetry in her spare time.

Rossy Lima de Padilla

Rossy Lima de Padilla is a distinguished writer, scholar, and translator with an outstanding record of achievement in her respective fields. She has  published three poetry collections and two children’s books. She has garnered international recognition and acclaim, having been featured in prestigious journals, magazines, and anthologies in over a dozen countries, in multiple languages

Roy Gomez

Roy Gomez holds an Associate in Arts in English Literature and is currently an undergraduate at Texas A&M University—Corpus Christi. He was a prose panelist at the 2023 People’s Poetry Festival, and his short story, “A Change is Coming,” was published in the Corpus Christi Writers 2023 anthology. Roy juggles his time as a husband, […]

Abra Gist

Abra Gist is a writer, teacher, and multimodal creative born and raised in Texas. She is currently an MFA Poetry candidate at Texas State University. Her poems, stories, and articles can be found in the Houston Chronicle, Porter House Review, RED INK Journal, and Pour Vida Zine, among others.

Ron George

Ron George is a retired award-winning newspaper journalist. His newspaper career spanned almost 20 years at Texas daily newspapers, including the Houston Chronicle, Dallas Morning News and Corpus Christi Caller-Times. His experience ranged from crime and political reporting to feature writing, commentary and fine arts reviews. Among other awards, he took first place in comment […]

Lisa Annette Ramos

Lisa Annette Ramos is a full-time breadwinner for a family of five. She is also a caretaker to a physically disabled husband. She has a degree in education and a background in professional art and writing. But day-to-day work, financial stressors, and mental health difficulties have prevented her from doing what she is capable of […]

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