People's Literary Festival

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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Alan Berecka

Alan Berecka is a retired librarian who lives in Sinton, Texas. His latest book or poetry is Atlas Sighs: Selected and New Poems, Turning Plow

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Alex Z. Salinas

Alex Z. Salinas is the author of four poetry collections and a book of stories, City Lights From the Upside Down, included in the National

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Alfredo Avalos

Alfredo Avalos was born and raised in Mexico, where he completed studies in law, becoming an attorney at age 24. His work has been published

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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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Andrew Geyer

Andrew Geyer’s latest individually authored book is the short story cycle Lesser Mountains (Lamar University Press, 2019).  A member of the Texas Institute of Letters

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Annie Huckabee

Annie Huckabee began teaching in 1976 and since 1981 has worked as an adjunct instructor in English at Del Mar College. The indisputable queen of

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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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Carol Mays

Carol Mays has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She has written four books and co-authored a fifth with her husband. Three of the books are

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Chuck Etheridge

A self-proclaimed desert rat, Chuck Etheridge was raised in El Paso, Texas. After a stint in the US Navy keeping the coast of Southern California

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Claudia Villarreal

Multi Award-Winning Author Claudia Villarreal wears many hats: from Educator to Business Owner to Professional Actress to Children’s Book Author. Her first children’s book, The

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Cullen Whisenhunt

Cullen Whisenhunt is a graduate of Oklahoma City University’s Red Earth MFA program. His poetry has appeared in Dragon Poet Review, The Bamboo Hut, and

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D.A. Lockhart

D.A. Lockhart is the author of North of Middle Island (Kegedonce Press, 2023), Bearmen Descend Upon Gimli (Frontenac House, 2021), and Breaking Right: Stories (Porcupine’s

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David Carpenter

David Carpenter is a writer of stories, adopter of cats, and a player of games.  A graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy and,

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David Norec

David Norec is award-winning author of The Adventures of Exo and Cy. In 2013 and 2014, he lost his brother and sister to complications of

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Devorah Fox

It’s said of Devorah Fox that she writes outside the box. Its feelings hurt, the box gets up and stomps off. So she writes about

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Dustin Marley Hackfeld

Dustin Marley Hackfeld is pursuing a B.A. in Literary Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He has been published in Frogpond, The Heron’s Nest, Switchgrass

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Dylan Lopez

Dylan Lopez is an English graduate student at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He is currently the Managing Editor of the Windward Review and President of

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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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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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Heather Stark

Heather Stark is a business owner, podcast host, public speaker, and the author of Her Story: A Hilarious and Heartfelt Conversation About Why Beauty Milestones

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Heather Twardowski

Heather Twardowski is a dystopian writer that received both her Bachelor’s of English and Master’s of English at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. She works as

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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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J. D. Leza

J.D.Leza earned his English degree in 1995, concentrating on Poetry and African American Literature.  He teaches creative and therapeutic writing in academic enrichment, life skills,

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J.L. Wright

J. L. Wright the author of two poetry collections, Unadoptable Joy and Homeless Joy has written poetry most of her life. As a student of

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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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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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Joe Wilson

Joseph Wilson taught Senior English Advanced Placement, Film Studies, and Creative Writing at Richard King High School for 42 years. He created and edited the

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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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John Forbus

John Forbus is a veteran of the US Navy, having served 10 years–including six with the Marines.  A former Catholic Priest, John grew up in

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Julieta Corpus

Julieta Corpus is a bilingual poet born in Mexico. Her latest literary contribution is “Of Love And Departures/De Amor Y Despedidas”, her first bilingual collection

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Ken Hada

Ken Hada, author of eleven collections of poetry, has been honored by Western Writers of America, the National Western Heritage Museum, SCMLA, The Writer’s Almanac

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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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Kindel Casey

Kindel Casey is a student poet and writer at TAMU-CC, currently in the works on her first collection of poetry. Working with Windward Review and Islander

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Laura Peña

With 10 years of experience participating in postcard poetry festivals, Laura Pena will lead this workshop focused on the craft of writing short form poetry

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Lizbette Ocasio-Russe

Lizbette Ocasio-Russe is currently an Assistant Professor of English at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi. Lizbette completed her Ph.D. in Humanities at the University of

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Marco Cerqueira

Marco Cerqueira (he, él, ele) holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education (CSSTE) from Washington State University. He is an assistant

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Nathaniel O’Reilly

Nathanael O’Reilly is an Irish-Australian poet. His poetry collections include Selected Poems of Ned Kelly, Dear Nostalgia, Boulevard, (Un)belonging and Preparations for Departure. His poetry

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Panels

Adapting a Short Story to an Audio Drama

American Borderland Poets

Canadian Indigenous Poet D.A. Lockhart Featured Reading

Central Texas Bilingual Poetry: Versos del corazón de Tejas

Children’s Literary Authors Talk

Corpus Christi Poet Laureate Panel

Embodying Women’s Bodies in Writing

Ethereal Poetry of Sadness, Longing, Beauty, and the Damned

Haiku Deathmatch

Haiku Walk

“It’s Not Your Fault:” Reframing and Overcoming Writer’s Block

Literature Exploring Mythologies and Literary Villains

Memoir: Genre of Self-Remembrance and Self-Reflection

Place-Based Poetry of the (Sometimes) Heartsick

Poetry for Therapy or Purpose

Postcard Poetry

Remembering the Earth: Three Poets

Rising Islander Writers Talk Writing Process and Concept Development

Second Person: You and Your Reader

Stories of Home, Transgression and Connecting with Others

Strong Women in the Corpus Christi Writers Anthology

The Bad Place: How to Write a Dystopian Story

The Locusts are Coming: An Introduction to Locust Review

The Short Poem

Voices of Latin America/Voces de America Latin

Young Adult: Multi-Genre

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