People's Literary Fest

Sarah K Lenz

Sarah K. Lenz is the author of the essay collection, What Will Outlast Me? (Unsolicited Press, 2023). Her creative nonfiction has appeared in Colorado Review, New Letters, Triquarterly, and

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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. 

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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