Alan Berecka earns his keep as a librarian at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas. Four collections of his poetry have been published. His work has appeared in such journals as Texas Review, The Concho River Review, The Windward Review and The San Antonio Express. From 2017-2019, he served as the first Poet Laureate of Corpus Christi.
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Alex Z. Salinas lives in San Antonio, Texas. He is the author of two full-length poetry collections: WARBLES, and DREAMT, or The Lingering Phantoms of Equinox, both from Hekate Publishing. He is also the author of a limited-edition chapbook, Dreamt, from Analog Submission Press. His poems, short fiction and essays have appeared in various print and electronic publications. He holds an M.A. in English Literature and Language from St. Mary’s University.
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Andrea Hempstead has always loved interacting with the world around her on a path of discovery. Andrea’s experience as a graphic designer can be seen in her illustrations, with her bold use of colors, patterns and expert composition. Andrea loves to use pop-ups and movables to engage and delight the reader as a part of the story. Using her UI/UX background, she thinks about how to involve the reader in the story and develops these concepts into pop-ups that create an experience for her audience. She is continually inspired by the world around her and tries to be innovative in all of her illustration, design and interactive solutions.
Recent exhibitions have centered around her children’s book illustrations and pop-up book art. Her pop-up book, Stickly-Prickly and Slow-Solid, A Pop-Up Adventure is a finalist for the 2018 Meggendorfer Prize for Artists Books.
Hempstead received her BS in Graphic Design from North Carolina State University School of Design, her MBA from LeMoyne College and her MFA in Graphic Design from Marywood University. She has over 15 years of real-world experience in web design, UI/UX consulting, advertising and publication design.
Ariel Francisco is the author of A Sinking Ship is Still a Ship (Burrow Press, 2020) and All My Heroes Are Broke (C&R Press, 2017). A poet and translator born in the Bronx to Dominican and Guatemalan parents and raised in Miami. His work has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York City Ballet, The Academy of American Poets, The American Poetry Review, and elsewhere.
Carolina Sánchez is a Colombian writer and translator living in New Jersey. She was the editor and co-founder of the Colombian independent publishing house El lobo está en el bosque libros in Bogotá. She is the author of the bilingual poetry book Voyage/Viaje (Ultramarina Cartonera & Digital, 2020) that is an intermedial translation from Tarkovsky´s film Stalker into poetry. Her creative work has been featured in Corónica, Matera, Poesía, Zégel, Temporales and Otro páramo. In 2019, she participated in The Americas Poetry Festival of New York and in the International Book Fair of New York in the Cervantes Institute. She is a PhD student at Rutgers University.
Christopher Carmona is the interim Director of Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. He is a member of the Ad Hoc Committee for the TX State Board of Education for Mexican American Studies. Currently, he serves as the Chair of the NACCS Tejas Foco Committee on Implementing MAS in PreK-12 Education in Texas. His short story collection, The Road to Llorona Park, is listed by NBCNews as one of the 8 Great Latino Books published in 2016. Carmona was the winner of the NACCS Tejas Award for Best Fiction Book of 2016 for The Road to Llorona Park. He serves on Responsible Ethnic Studies Textbook committee that was awarded the “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” award for excellence in educational leadership f from the Mexican American School Board Association (MASBA). He has published three books of poetry, co-edited two anthologies, and co-authored a scholarly conversation book, called Nuev@s Voces Poeticas: A Conversation about new Chican@ Identities. Currently, he is working on a series of YA novellas reimagining the “Lone Ranger” story as a Chicanx superhero fighting Texas Rangers in the Rio Grande Valley from 1905-1920 entitled El Rinche: The Ghost Ranger of the Rio Grande. Book One is out in bookstores now.
Cindy Huyser’s chapbook, Burning Number Five: Power Plant Poems (Blue Horse Press, 2014), was co-winner of the 2014 Blue Horse Press Poetry Chapbook Contest. Her poems appear in many journals and anthologies, and have received multiple Pushcart Prize nominations. She co-edited the anthology Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems (Dos Gatos Press, 2016), and has served as an editor for several editions of the Texas Poetry Calendar (Dos Gatos Press and Kallisto Gaia Press). She lives in Austin, Texas, where she hosts the BookWoman 2nd Thursday Poetry Reading and Open Mic (email@example.com for more information) and practices contemplative photography. https://cindyhuyser.wordpress.com.
You can purchase her book Burning Number Five on her website here.
Crystal Garcia is a Corpus Christi native who graduated in 2012 although strives to continue her education in being a student of life. She is a lover of books and all things literature—especially poetry. Crystal is also the co-creator of a local podcast called Revolve One. Through this platform, Crystal along with her brother and podcasting partner, Rudy, seek to connect with their local community and listeners from all around the world. Whether through the podcast or her writing, Crystal exercises her ability to pen heartfelt poetry and also confronts with veracity the current events of our time. In everything she does, this writer and content creator expresses empathy as well as an unfaltering love for creative endeavors.
Poet, educator, actor, musician, MC and (most importantly) father, Danny Solis was born and raised in Dallas, Texas and wrote his first poem at age 5. Solis has been a working poet and educator since 1990. In that time he has performed and led workshops for people of all ages all over the lower 48 states, Canada, Africa, Asia and Europe. He is a co-founder of Rochester Art Ensemble, an interdisciplinary art collective that seeks to combine different art forms in new and exciting ways. Solis has also served for six years as the Director of the Day of the Dead Poets Slam, a cross cultural community festival featuring traditional and modern elements of poetry, visual arts, music, dance and Dia de los Muertos. Solis believes that poetry saves lives and literacy makes everything better, everything. Solis lives with his 13 year old son Teagan, the light of his life
Danny Solis is a Poetry Slam Champion on multiple levels including eight city championships, two regional championships, Southwestern and Southeastern, two national championships and two international championships both team and individual.
Dorothy Alexander lives in Santa Fe, NM, after practicing law for more than 40 years in rural Oklahoma and Texas and serving as a magistrate for small municipalities for decades. She and her life partner, Devey Napier, founded Village Books Press, a small poetry press which has garnered seventeen finalist nominations and five grand prize awards in the Oklahoma Book Awards. Dorothy is the author of five poetry collections, including Lessons From an Oklahoma Girlhood, Borrowed Dust, The Dust Bowl Revisited, Rough Drafts and Leaving My Father’s House, as well as a memoir in prose and poetry, The Art of Digression; and has edited numerous poetry anthologies. Dorothy was instrumental in making poetry readings part of the Woody Guthrie Festival in Okemah, Oklahoma. In 2013, the Oklahoma Center for the Book selected Dorothy as recipient of the Carlile Distinguished Service Award for her services to the Oklahoma literary community.
The Art of Digression is available on Amazon here.
Dylan Lopez is a senior at TAMUCC pursuing a degree in English. A graduate from Richard King High School, Dylan was introduced to Creative Writing by his high school mentor, Joseph Wilson; who published Dylan in his final edition of King’s literary magazine, Open All Night. A recipient of the Robb Jackson Poetry Award, during his freshman-year at TAMUCC, Dylan was featured twice by the Island Waves student newspaper, and published in Corpus Christi Writers 2019 by Mays Publishing. In 2020, Dylan was featured in Trinity University’s High Noon literary journal, and again in Corpus Christi Writers 2020. His writing explores the themes of love, depression, and internal struggles in fantastic, mythical, and sometimes drearily realistic settings. Aside from being a full-time student of writing, Dylan is also currently the Managing Editor of The Windward Review.
Gerald Padilla (Los Angeles, CA) is a publisher, translator, educator and cultural promoter. He has worked closely with the community of the Rio Grande Valley in Texas to promote Latin American Culture and Mesoamerican Culture as a strategy to validate our past and reconcile our identity. He is co-founder of the Latin American Foundation for the Arts; association dedicated to the widening and promotion of Latin American arts and culture in the United States, co-founder of the Festival Internacional de Poesía Latinoamericana (FeIPoL) in McAllen, TX., the founder and Editor-in Chief of Latino Book Review, as well as co-founder of Jade Publishing. In 2017 and 2018, he participated as a national juror for the National Scholastic Writing Awards.
Javier Villarreal holds a BA and MA in Spanish from Pan American University, Edinburg, and a Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin. His major fields of interests are Languages in Contact (Spanish and English), Mexican American Folklore, poetry, and photography. His works have been published by numerous academic and literary journals and anthologies. Javier retired from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in 2015. He resides in Corpus Christi with his family, where he writes, practices photography and promotes cultural events in South Texas.
Jennifer Rathbun, poet and translator, is a Professor of Spanish and Associate Editor of Ashland Poetry Press at Ashland University. She is the translator of ten books by Hispanic authors including Alberto Blanco and Minerva Margarita Villarreal.
Jennifer Rathbun, poeta y traductora, es profesora de español y editora asociada de Ashland Poetry Press en la Universidad de Ashland. Es traductora de diez libros de autores hispanos incluyendo Alberto Blanco y Minerva Margarita Villarreal.
Joshua Hamilton is a Louisville, KY native who migrated to Corpus Christi with his family: artist Leticia Bajuyo, daughter, and their rickety but sweet cat, Walnut. Between Kentucky and Texas, he prowled the halls of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, hitchhiked in the west of Ireland, kayaked Appalachian rivers, and sweltered in the tropical heat of Panama City, Panamá. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in English and Humanities and his Master’s Degree in Spanish from the University of Louisville, and in 2013 he completed his doctorate in Spanish (with a minor in American Literature) with Indiana University. Joshua’s field of research focuses on Visual Poetry from the late Franco dictatorship (1960s – 1970s). His first chapbook, Slow Wind, was published with Finishing Line Press. His current chapbook Rain Minnows [Notecards and Poems] is available through Gnashing Teeth Publishing.
Juan Armando Rojas Joo (Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, 1969) Transborder poet, Rojas Joo has published seven books of poetry, a monograph about contemporary Mexican poetry, and has coedited two poetry anthologies denouncing femicide and violence in Ciudad Juarez. Rojas’ poetry has been translated into Arabic, English, Italian and Portuguese and he has been invited to read in national and international literary festivals in countries such as Colombia, Egypt, Iraq and Nicaragua, United States and Costa Rica. In spring 2011 he was the resident poet at the University of Coimbra in Portugal. Rojas earned his BA and MA in Latin American Literature at the University of Texas in El Paso, his Ph.D. at the University of Arizona, and was a postdoc Mellon Fellow at Amherst College, Massachusetts.
Juan Manuel Pérez, a Mexican-American poet of indigenous descent and a Poet Laureate for Corpus Christi, Texas (2019-2020), is the author of several books of poetry including, SCREW THE WALL! AND OTHER BROWN PEOPLE POEMS (FlowerSong Books, 2020). The award-winning poet, history teacher, and Pushcart Nominee, is also a member of the Horror Writers Association, the Science Fiction Poetry Association, and the Military Writers Society of America. Juan worships his Creator and chases chupacabras in the South Texas Coastal Bend Area.
Karen Cline-Tardiff has been writing since she could hold a pen. She writes poetry, flash fiction, personal essays, short stories, and grant requests. Karen also edits for a small group of friends. She has been published in a variety of online and print outlets. She was born in Texas, lived a little bit of everywhere, and now resides on the Texas Gulf Coast. When she can’t find poetry somewhere, she puts it there.
She is the founder of the Aransas County Poetry Society, which hosts a monthly open mic. She started the Poems on the Go project in Aransas County. She is the Founder/Editor-in-Chief of Gnashing Teeth Publishing.
Karrie Waarala’s work has appeared in journals such as Blackbird, Iron Horse Literary Review, PANK, Southern Indiana Review, and Waxwing. She is the poetry editor at the museum of americana and holds an MFA from the Stonecoast Program at University of Southern Maine. Recipient of the 2012 Pocataligo Poetry Prize, a Best of the Net finalist, and a multiple Pushcart nominee, Karrie has also received critical acclaim for LONG GONE: A Poetry Sideshow, a one-woman show based on her collection of circus poems. She really wishes she could tame tigers and swallow swords. Until she manages those feats of derring-do, Karrie works as a librarian and curates and co-hosts the Skazat! Poetry Series in her home state of Michigan, where she lives with and is vastly outnumbered by her books, pets, and circus memorabilia.
Ken Hada is the author of eight books of poetry. His work received the SCMLA Prize for Poetry and the 2011 Wrangler Award from the National Western Heritage Museum. His work has also been named finalist for the Spur Award by Western Writers of America. Four of his books have been finalists for the Oklahoma Book Award, and his poetry has been featured four times on the NPR program, The Writer’s Almanac. You may hear Ken’s weekly readings on his podcast – “The Sunday Poems with Ken Hada.” In 2017, Ken was honored with the Carlile Distinguished Service from the Oklahoma Center for the Book. He is a professor at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma where he directs the annual Scissortail Creative Writing Festival. Information about ordering books, contact, podcast, etc is available at kenhada.org
Malia A. Perez is a poet and novelist. She is working on a second collection of poetry titled, If Tombstones Could Talk, and a fictional memoir, I Married A Mexican. She is a poet historian capturing poetry events through the lens since the early 2000s. She holds a Doctorate degree in Educational and Teacher Leadership (2013) and has taught for more than 20 years in public education wearing many hats. She has been a featured reader at Del Mar College and enjoys reading, writing, photography, and spending time with her family.
Born in Mexico City, Natalia grew up in a Texas where her mother taught her Spanish and Bert and Ernie gave her lessons in English.
Her work captures the voices and lives of women who emerge despite everything that works tirelessly against them.
Natalia has won several awards for her poetry and fiction including the 2004 Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Award, the 2008 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize and the 2012 Literary Award from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio.
Her first novel in progress, Drinking the Bee Water, is a testimony of an immigrant mother’s journey to make a life as a servant in the U.S while separated from her daughter.
Natalia became a naturalized U.S. citizen at the age of fifteen after living in San Antonio, Texas since she was four. She graduated with a BA in English when she was 21 from The University of Texas at San Antonio. Two years later, she received her Masters of Arts in English from the same university. After a almost two decades of teaching, she went back to school to study fiction writing. She graduated the University of Nebraska’s MFA program in Creative Writing in 2010. Her jobs have included teacher, stay-at home mom, a single mom, small business owner/book-keeper, and now, assistant professor of English at Northwest Vista College where she works with students of all levels.
Natalia’s fiction appears in Mirrors Beneath the Earth (Curbstone Press), The Platte Valley Review, and her non-fiction appears in in Wising Up Anthologies, Complex Allegiances and Shifting Balance Sheets: Women’s Stories of Naturalized Citizens. Her first book of poetry, Lavando La Dirty Laundry, is available from Mongrel Empire Press and most online bookstores.
Nick Carbó is the author of four books of poetry, Chinese, Japanese, What Are These? (2009), Andalusian Dawn (2004), Secret Asian Man (2000), and El Grupo McDonald’s (1995). He has been awarded the Reader’s Choice Prize from the Asian American Writer’s Workshop and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (1997) and the New York Foundation for the Arts (1999). His poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Indiana Review, Poet Lore, and Western Humanities Review, among others.
Nicole is a 27 year old artist. She likes to focus on personal and controversial topics. One of her goals as a writer is to express ownership of the authentic self and shedding inorganic feelings associated with responses to situations/experiences. While some poems are about herself, others focus on more abstract ideas which can be interpreted by the audience in a more individualized experience. She enjoys self-expression, depth of character, and ownership of one’s ideas. She believes that not only preservation and restoration of one’s self and one’s art are important, but they are practices that need more attention. Some of her inspirations include Marcel Marceau/Bip the Clown, Rococo/Late Baroque, and the life of Vincent Van Gogh.
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Octavio Quintanilla is the author of the poetry collection, If I Go Missing (Slough Press, 2014) and served as the 2018-2020 Poet Laureate of San Antonio, TX. His poetry, fiction, translations, and photography have appeared, or are forthcoming, in journals such as Salamander, RHINO, Alaska Quarterly Review, Pilgrimage, Green Mountains Review, Southwestern American Literature, The Texas Observer, Existere: A Journal of Art & Literature, and elsewhere. His Frontextos (visual poems) have been published in Poetry Northwest, Gold Wake Live, Newfound, Chachalaca Review, Chair Poetry Evenings, Red Wedge, The Museum of Americana, About Place Journal, The American Journal of Poetry, The Windward Review, Tapestry, Twisted Vine Literary Arts Journal, & The Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas.
Octavio’s visual work has been exhibited at the Southwest School of Art, Presa House Gallery, Equinox Gallery, UTRGV-Brownsville, the Weslaco Museum, Aanna Reyes Gallery in San Antonio, TX, Our Lady of the Lake University, AllState Almaguer art space in Mission, El Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos, The Walker’s Gallery in San Marcos, TX, and in the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center / Black Box Theater in Austin, TX. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Texas and is the regional editor for Texas Books in Review and poetry editor for The Journal of Latina Critical Feminism & for Voices de la Luna: A Quarterly Literature & Arts Magazine. Octavio teaches Literature and Creative Writing in the M.A./M.F.A. program at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas.
ODILIA GALVÁN RODRÍGUEZ is a poet, writer, editor, publisher, and activist. She is the author of six volumes of poetry, and editor of one book and three anthologies. Her latest book, The Color of Light, (FlowerSong Press, 2019) is an extensive collection of chronicles and poetry honoring the Mexica (Aztec) and Orisha (Yorùbá) Energies, which she researched and wrote during her time living in Cuba and Mexico. Also, along with the late Francisco X. Alarcón, she edited the award-winning anthology Poetry of Resistance: Voices for Social Justice (University of Arizona Press, 2016). Galván Rodríguez has worked as an editor for various print media such as Matrix Women’s News Magazine, Community Mural’s Magazine, and Tricontinental Magazine in Havana, Cuba. She is currently the editor of Cloud Women’s Quarterly Journal online and facilitates creative writing workshops nationally. As an activist she worked for the United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO and the East Bay Institute for Urban Arts, has served on numerous boards and commissions, and is currently active with women’s organizations whose mission it is to educate around environmental justice issues and disseminate an indigenous worldview regarding the earth, and people’s custodial relationship to it.
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Born in Taft, Texas, Patricia Alaniz is the 13th of 14 children. She graduated from Taft High School and Bee County College. In college, she joined a poetry club, and one poet said her poetry was not poetry. Hurt and embarrassed, she threw away her poems. Her love for poetry never died, and she started writing again a few years ago.
You can purchase her self-published book Whispers of Love Poetry: Emotions of the Soul on Amazon.https://amzn.to/36LMbyz
Regina Jamison is a writer who lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her poetry has appeared in Sinister Wisdom: Black Lesbian Revolution, Mom Egg Review, Five Two One Magazine, Magma Literary Journal, The Americas Poetry Festival of New York Anthology 2016, Promethean Literary Journal, Off the Rocks: An Anthology of GLBT Writing Vols. 14 & 15, andPoetry in Performance Journal Vol. 43. Online, her poetry has appeared in Gnashing Teeth Journal, Indolent Press HIV Here & Now Series, Silver Birch Press – Me as a Child Series, and Promethean eZine. Her poems will also appear in the upcoming issue of Switchgrass Review. She is a Guest Editor for Gnashing Teeth Publishing’s upcoming anthology, SHE: Seen. Heard. Engaged. She received her MFA in Creative Writing at City College in New York. Her first novel, Choosing Grace, has been published by Bella Books.
Roberta Shellum Dohse is a graduate of the University of California Berkeley and the University of Houston law school. She’s been published in the Austin International Poetry Festival Anthology, Poetry at Round Top, and in The Corpus Christi Writers series
Robin Carstensen’s poetry manuscript, In the Temple of Shining Mercy received the annual first-place award by Iron Horse Literary Press and was published in 2017. Her poems are forthcoming or recently published inQueer in the New Century, from Jacar Press: A Community-Active Literary Press; Odes and Elegies: Eco-Poetry from the Texas Gulf Coast, Lamar University Press; Good Cop/Bad Cop: An Anthology; Dreaming: A Tribute To Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, FlowerSong Press, FlowerSong Press, and many more. She directs the creative writing program at TAMU-CC where she is faculty advisor for Windward Review: Literary Journal of the South Texas Coastal Bend, and co-founding, senior editor for Switchgrass Review: Literary Journal of Health and Transformation.
Rudy Garcia is a native of Corpus Christi, Tx, and one half of the founding duo of the Revolve One Podcast. Rudy decided to co-create the podcast to engender a platform where diverse voices and generally uncommon subjects could easily come together. As a graduate with a B.A. & Sc. in Speech Communications (TAMUK), he cultivates clarity through being such an avid communicator.
While he may present a more soft-spoken demeanor compared to his sister Crystal, his words are no less eloquent and profound. As a self-described political nerd, news junkie, and student of leadership, he seeks to build bridges that bring communities of diverse thought and creed in connection with each other through every podcast episode. Rudy also sits on the board of The Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation.
Rudy is an enthusiast of fostering community and currently resides in Corpus Christi with his wife and 5-year-old daughter. When he isn’t recording, he enjoys working out or reading on topics such as meditation, leadership, and empathy.
Scott Woods is an Emmy award-winning writer and event organizer in Columbus, Ohio. Woods is the author of Urban Contemporary History Month (2016), We Over Here Now (2013) and Prince and Little Weird Black Boy Gods (2017). He has been featured multiple times in national press, including appearances on National Public Radio. He is the founder of Streetlight Guild, a performing arts non-profit. He is a 2018 Columbus Foundation Spirit of Columbus Award recipient, as well as the Greater Columbus Arts Council winner of the 2017 Columbus Makes Art Excellence Award for his event series “Holler: 31 Days of Columbus Black Art”, and was named the first-ever “Face of Columbus” by Columbus Alive. He is the co-founder of the Writers’ Block Poetry Night and in 2006 became the first poet to ever complete a 24-hour solo poetry reading…a feat he bested seven more times without repeating a single poem.
Stefan Sencerz born in in Warsaw, Poland, came to the United States to study philosophy and Zen Buddhism. He teaches philosophy, Western and Eastern, at the Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi. He has numerous publications in professional philosophy journals as well as several refereed poems that appeared in various nationally distributed poetry journals. He has been active on a spoken-word scene winning the slam-masters poetry slam in conjunction with the National Poetry Slam in Madison Wisconsin, in 2008, as well as several slams in San Antonio, Austin, Houston, and Chicago.
Tom Murphy, the 2021-2022 Corpus Christi Poet Laureate. His books: Pearl (FlowerSong Press 2020), American History (Slough Press, 2017), co-edited Stone Renga (Tail Feather, 2017) with Snake Woman Moon forthcoming (El Grito del Lobo Press). Current writing in Writing Texas, Corpus Christi Writers, Concho River Review, and Odes and Elegies: Eco-Poetry from the Texas Gulf Coast. Murphy is Langdon Review’s 2021 Writer-In-Residence.
Zoe Ramos is a poet and Engl graduate student at TAMUCC. As an interdisciplinary researcher, they use poetry as a means of exploring questions regarding reality and philosophy. Their work often relates to contemporary physics, religion, loneliness, and the human mind’s apparent subservience to language. They value the fluidity of genre and also make visual/ handwritten poetry and practice spoken word. In using poetry as both a personal and public analysis, their hope is to bring greater status to poetry as a form of research, and also to encourage all people to engage with “scientific” and existential questions. Their corollary approach to creative writing admits- it may be that divisions such as “science” and “art” are superficial & in order to address some of nature’s biggest questions, these boundaries must be mentally subverted. They are the Senior Editor of the local national journal, Windward Review(windward-review.com). Find them IG @TheBookofZER
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