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 then he has lived in Corpus Christi and has been trying to change the perception that Corpus does not have readers or writers of poetry. He used to host a reading at Barnes and Noble from 2003 to 2009. Then in 2009 to 2010 he hosted a monthly reading at Tango Tea Room.