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The Peoples Poetry Festival began in 2015, through the collaboration of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Del Mar College. This annual poetry festival brings together poets from the local area, regionally, state wide, and beyond. 

The 2023 People’s Poetry Fest will be held in person with some events available for viewing online. Scroll down for full details about each panel.

Schedule of Events

Thursday6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Friday10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Friday Reception3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Open Mic, Friday8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Saturday12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Saturday Reception3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

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6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Join us as 2021-2022 Corpus Christi Poet Laureate Tom Murphy passes the baton to the 2023-2024 Corpus Christi Poet Laureate Robin Carstensen

Robb Jackson Awards & Reading

8:00 PM – 9:00 PM



Lone Star Poetry Anthology Reading (Benefiting Feeding Texas)

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Dr. Robb Jackson

Robb Jackson, M.F.A., Ph.D., CAPF, CJF was Regents Professor and Professor of English at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, where he was a rhetoric-composition specialist.

Robb’s poetry originated from his journal writing practice and was informed by close observation of his adopted home, Corpus Christi, Texas. While still in Ohio, Robb had a chapbook called Arthur Zen Comes to America (1981) and a pamphlet Junctures (1983) published.

His first full book of poetry, Living on the Hurricane Coast (2003), contains poems that stem from his transition from his northern roots of Huron, Ohio to a new life along the Gulf Coast of south Texas. From Halsdon Mill Cottage (2005) a poem cycle written about and around the Halsdon Mill Cottage in England that was part of his in-laws, the Furse family. Child Support (2010) was written over a 20-year period during and after his separation and divorce from his four children’s mother. Crane Creek, Two Voices (2011) is a collection of facing poems by Robb and his wife of 26 years, Vanessa Furse Jackson. This posthumous collection, Open Heart (2013) was collection of Robb’s poetry that had been published in the Journal of Poetry Therapy. Robb Jackson died of a heart attack in his last semester before retirement in January 2013.

Vanessa Furse Jackson

Vanessa Furse Jackson comes from a family with deep roots in Devonshire. However, married to Robb Jackson, an Ohio native, she lived in the United States for almost thirty years, the majority of them spent teaching literature and writing at Texas A&M University—Corpus Christi.  She has numerous published works, including a book about her great-grandfather, The Poetry of Henry Newbolt: Patriotism Is Not Enough, two collections of short stories, What I Cannot Say to You and Small Displacements, a co-authored book of poems with her husband Robb, entitled Crane Creek, Two Voices, and two novels, The Revolving Year, and The Anthropologist’s Daughter. Vanessa’s work can be found at https://www.vanessafursejackson.com/home Grief Road and other titles can be purchased on Amazon.co.uk https://www.forward2me.com/amazon-uk-forwarding/

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