People's Literary Festival

Schedule: Friday, February 23, 2024


Texas A&M Corpus Christi 6300 Ocean Dr., Corpus Christi, TX 78412

University Center, Bayview Room

9 a.m.

Session 7

Place-Based Poetry of the (Sometimes) Heartsick

Robin Carstensen, Nathanael O’Reilly, Joel Ortiz, Srijani Mitra

The poems in here cast a wide net, spanning the globe geographically and in our Coastal Bend borderlands, while exploring place, landscape, migration, travel, colonization and personal impact and resistance. Meanwhile, a psychological interiority will invite us into themes of ancestry, family history and culture, and universal human experiences, such as fatherhood, death/grief, empathy, and love. 

10 a.m.

Session 8

The Intersectionality of Native American and Mexican American Storytelling

Rachel Salinas, F. Anthony Falcon

Author and playwright, F. Anthony Falcon (Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas), discusses the commonalities in Indigenous storytelling through the lenses of someone who is Native American and Mexican American. Learn about his journey from an at-risk youth in Corpus Christi, to traditionally publisher author, and how this road has impacted the stories he creates.

11 a.m.

Session 9

American Borderland Poets

Joshua Bridgwater Hamilton, Alex Z. Salinas, Tezozomoc, Ron George

This panel features poetry that explores the cross-generational and cultural melding of languages, memories, literary influences, and heritages that so often occur at the junctures of political, physical, familial, and personal borders. The poems work with different registers of language and intertextuality from English and Spanish language worlds.

1:30 p.m.

Session 10

Rising Islander Writers Talk Writing Process and Concept Development

Lizbette Ocasio-Russe, Indigo Rodriguez, Roy Gomez, Raye Bailey, Derek Willis Jr.

This panel features four undergraduate advanced creative writing students from TAMU CC who will read their work and then discuss their writing process and concept development while taking questions from the audience. The panel is composed of published and unpublished writers (all marginalized voices – POC, women, LGBTQIA+) to showcase diverse experiences and writing journeys. 

2:30 p.m.

Session 11

Stories of Home, Transgression and Connecting With Others

Tom Murphy, Andrew Geyer, Thomas Ray Garcia, Thao Dinh

Understanding the human condition that makes us common and also different transpires inside these three stories of a human book, of a living spirit of the grace of place. These heart rendering stories beckon connection with others through self-reflection. The stories speak frankly about tough subjects that invite our understanding. 

3:30 p.m.

Session 12

"It's Not Your Fault:" Reframing and Overcoming Writer's Block

Zoe Elise Ramos, Andrea Perez, Lisa Annette Ramos, Kindell Casey, Stephen Gambill

This is a panel that includes both readings and stories related to writer’s block. Part of this event will be a discussion and a compassion-oriented approach to addressing audience-member’s experiences with writer’s block.

4:30 p.m.

Session 13

Strong Women in the Corpus Christi Writers Anthology

William Mays, Julieta Corpus, Susan Daubenspeck, Carol Mays, Patricia Alaniz

This yearly anthology includes the strong voices of women in South Texas. A tentative list of poems/stories: Woman beaten by her husband, woman kills home invader, teenager avoids sexual abuse, woman says there is no shame in being sexually abused, witch’s cat kills an abusive husband.

Lazy Beach Brewing and Cafe, 7522 Bichon Dr #100, Corpus Christi, TX 78414

7 p.m.

Open Mic

Lazy Beach Brewing & Cafe

Hosted by Dylan Lopez and Joshua Bridgwater Hamilton

Spontaneously share your creative work or share a beer with fellow writers, poets, and songwriters at this open mic night at Lazy Beach Brewery.  

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