People's Literary Festival

Festival Committee

Committee

Alan Berecka

Alan Berecka is a recently retired librarian who lives with his wife Alice and dog Ophelia in Sinton, Texas. He has published 5 full collections

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2024 Writer

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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2024 Writer

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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2024 Writer

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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Jonathan Dyen

Jonathan Dyen is an Assistant Professor of English at Del Mar College, prior to which, he taught for 20 years at colleges and universities in

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2024 Writer

Joshua Bridgwater Hamilton

Joshua Bridgwater Hamilton is a Louisville, KY native who migrated to Texas.  Between Kentucky and Texas, he has traveled and lived in several places, including

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Karen Cline-Tardiff

Karen Cline-Tardiff has been writing since she could hold a pen. She writes poetry, flash fiction, personal essays, short stories, and grant requests.  She has

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2024 Writer

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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2024 Writer

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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2024 Writer

Robin Carstensen

Robin Carstensen is the 2023-2024 Poet Laureate of Corpus Christi, and has served on the People’s Poetry Festival Committee (now the People’s Literary Festival of

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2024 Writer

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

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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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2024 Writer

Stefan Sencerz

Stefan Sencerz, born in Warsaw, Poland, came to the United States to study philosophy and Zen Buddhism. He teaches philosophy, Western and Eastern, at the

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2024 Writer

Tom Murphy

Tom Murphy is the 2021-2022 Corpus Christi Poet Laureate and the Langdon Review’s 2022 Writer-In-Residence. Murphy’s books: When I Wear Bob Kaufman’s Eyes (2022) from Gnashing

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2024 Writer

Zoe Elise Ramos – ZER

Zoe Elise Ramos (she/they), aka ZER, is a visual poet. At TAMU-CC, they work as a TLS Writing Consultant and they do post-disciplinary and interdisciplinary

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