People's Literary Festival

Schedule: Thursday, February 22, 2024


Del Mar College, 101 Baldwin Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX 78404

Heritage Campus, Reading Lab, Coles Building Room 119

11 a.m.

Session 1

Literature Exploring Mythologies and Literary Villains

Kent Lenz, Wes Jamison, Paul McCann, Annie Huckabee

This creative showcase features fiction, lyrical essay, and poetry that blurs the line between reality and myth. At times, we all need to explore what cannot be easily explained to help us understand and make sense of our world.

1 p.m.

Session 2

Adapting a Short Story to an Audio Drama Script

Pete Lutz

In learning how to adapt short stories to scripts, this workshop will discuss how to decide what to cut and what to keep, how to convert visuals to audio, how to convert third-person narration to dialogue, and tricks to keeping the audio story flowing.

2 p.m.

Session 3

Voices of Latin-America/Voces de America Latin

Gerald Padilla, Rossy Lima de Padilla, Lizbette Ocasio-Russe, Marco Cerqueira, Alfredo Avalos

Writers from across the Americas (including Brazil, Mexico, and Puerto Rico) will read their work in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. These works will showcase the rich, vibrant voices of writing across the Americas.

3 p.m.

Session 4

These Neutral Sea Currents

Featured Poet D.A. Lockhart in Conversation with Scott Obenesser

In readings from North of Middle Island (Kegedonce Press, 2023), Lockhart will explore contemporary rooted Indigenous mythologies. A great deal of attention will be paid to the epic poem, Piper, about famed WWE wrestler Rowdy Roddy Piper and an epic battle with evil medicines and Deerwoman on Canada’s most southern inhabited island. Attention will be paid to traditional Lenape language and stories along with the importance of form poetics (specifically Anglo-Saxon verse) in telling stories and reconnecting to our pre-colonial literary roots.

4 p.m.

Session 5

Poetry for Therapy or Purpose

J.D. Leza

In Poetry for Therapy or Purpose, we will explore some of the reasons people write poetry and many of the ways we benefit from writing and reading poems. We then will share topics we are thinking of writing poems about, reflecting and brainstorming together what thoughts, feelings and experiences we might want to express in our poem topics, and then we practice writing, presenting and receiving feedback on our first drafts.

All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 3026 S. Staples Street, Corpus Christi, TX 78404

7 p.m.

Session 6

Corpus Christi Poet Laureate Panel

Sarah K. Lenz, Robin Carstensen, Alan Berecka, Tom Murphy

We will address global threats to democracy and the ongoing war, genocide, and violence near and far—Ukraine, Iran, Gaza, Texas, etc. This includes Texas legislation passed by the Senate and implemented in the New Year—anti-immigration; anti-women; anti-LGBTQ+; anti-diversity, equity, and inclusion; anti-history and anti-books, etc.  What do we face and what counternarratives might we offer to fight the good fight for justice and a better life for all?

Keynote - Nkata Kwsi: Migration as Our Essense

D.A. Lockhart

Speaking to the experiences of the Lenape diaspora and the lives of those residing in Waawiiyaataong (Detroit,MI-Windsor,ON), this talk will focus on the manner that we naturally exist in lives of motion. Rootness and relationships with the land are central to notions of decolonization and healing. Yet these hold a critical position with our need to move. Our relationships hold as relationships rather than ownership when done in constant motion. Looking at the literary traditions of Indigenous and non-Indigenous America we discover a literal path forward one that winds us through the works of writers such as Philip Levine, Simon Ortiz, Joy Harjo, Eugene McNamara, and Natalie Diaz.

Robb and Vanesa Jackson Award Ceremony for High School Poets

This contest, honoring the life of Robb Jackson, who was a Regents Professor of English at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, awards exceptional high school poets, who will read their winning poems. 

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