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 Corpus) since its inception nine years ago. Her poetry manuscript, In the Temple of Shining Mercy earned first-place award and was published in 2017 by Iron Horse Literary Press. She has won an Academy of American Poets collegiate award and numerous annual poetry awards from diverse journals.. Her poems are more recently published in Dream of a River: Queer in the New Century (Jacar Press); Odes and Elegies: Eco-Poetry from the Texas Gulf Coast (Lamar Press); Good Cop/Bad Cop and Dreaming: A Tribute to Selena Quintanilla Perez (FlowerSong Press); Cloud Women’s Quarterly; Eco-Theo Review, Lone Star Poetry: Championing Texas Verse, Community, and Hunger Relief (Jacar Press); Corpus Christi Writer’s Anthologies 2017-2023 (Mays Publishing), and many more. She directs the creative writing program at TAMU-CC where she is co-faculty advisor for the Islander Creative Writers and the Windward Review: Literary Journal of the South Texas Coastal Bend, and co-founding, executive senior editor for Switchgrass Review: Literary Journal of Healing and Transformation.