People's Literary Festival

Leslie Lea

You may find Leslie Lea vending her wares for coin at local events or selling roses at dirty night clubs on the weekends. She is married to the  poet and artist, Mike Linaweaver. Leslie has presented her work at local events and open mics. Her first chapbook, The Red Verses, is under construction.

Adam Turl

Adam Turl is an artist and writer from southern Illinois. They are an editor at Locust Review and a member of the Locust Arts and Letters Collective (LALC). Turl is working on an evolving conceptual and visual art project, Born Again Labor Museum, with their partner Tish Turl.

Tish Turl

Tish Turl is a writer, artist, and  founding member of the Locust Arts and Letters Collective. They are the author of the serialized novella, Sound, appearing in Locust Review, as well as an ongoing poetry series, The Toilet Key Anthology and the franken-prose-poetry project, Stink Ape Resurrection Primer. Tish is a co-organizer of the Born […]

Mike Linaweaver

Mike Linaweaver is a Marxist, worker, occasional writer, poet, woodworker and artist originally from the Smoky Hill River Valley region of central Kansas who resides in the southern wastelands of Coastal Texas. He is a member of the Locust Arts and Letters Collective and is a participant in the Locust Review Editorial Collective. He is […]

Sara Kaplan

Sara Kaplan received her M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Idaho, and she also holds degrees from Miami University and Sweet Briar College.  Her chapbooks include Moon Talk and

Request for Proposals Now Open

People’s Literary Festival warmly invites you to submit proposals for events to participate in our 9th annual conference in Corpus Christi, Texas, taking place on February 23-24, 2024. Our mission at the People’s Literary Festival (formerly known as People’s Poetry Festival) is to celebrate and support writers–both new and established–by bridging  literary borders and genres. We bring creators […]

Visual Poetry Panelists Confirmed

Peoples Poetry Fest is excited about this year’s Visual Poetry Panel. Ricardo Ruiz, Corey Johnson, Jacob Benavides, and Xanthe Lee Vinson each bring their own unique style to visual poetry and explore the nontraditional expansion of poetic work. Make plans to attend this panel in person on Saturday, February 25th, at 11:00 a.m. Saturday’s panels […]

UnCensored Panel Lineup

UnCensored Panelists

Peoples Poetry Fest presents the UnCensored Panel this year with Host Tom Murphy. The prolific Nathan Brown, who served as 2013/2014 Oklahoma Poet Laureate, will be reading alongside award-winning Beat poet PW Covington. Katherine Hoerth, with a new book just released, will also be joining the panel. Karen Cline-Tardiff, poet and publisher, rounds out this […]

Poetry in Spanish Panel Lineup for 2022 PPF

Poetry in Spanish Panelists

Eduardo Villarreal de los Reyes from Matamoros and Miriam Damaris Maldonado of Puerto Rico are just two of the international panelists participating in the Poetry in Spanish Panel. Gloria Rodríguez teaches at the University of Texas – Brownsville and Juan Antonio González is a professor at Texas Southmost College in Brownsville. These poets are all outstanding […]

Protest/Political Panel Added to 2022 PPF

Protest/Political Panelists

Peoples Poetry Festival is always excited to bring the best poets to Corpus Christi, and this year is shaping up to be a powerhouse. The addition of the Protest/Political Panel brings 4 groundbreaking poets from across the US.

Poetry in Translation Panelists

The Poetry in Translation Panel, hosted by Rossy Lima DePadilla, features poets and translators. Author: Transborder poet, Rojas Joo has published seven books of poetry, a monograph about contemporary Mexican poetry, and has coedited two poetry anthologies denouncing femicide and violence in Ciudad Juarez. Translator: Jennifer Rathbun, poet and translator, is a Professor of Spanish […]

Local Poets Roundtable Added

People’s Poetry Fest is adding a Local Poets Roundtable to the lineup this year. Headed up by William Mays of Mays Publishing, this will bring a variety of local poets together to talk about ars poetica. This is sure to be an insightful discussion you won’t want to miss. Mays Publishing is the company behind […]

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