Islander Creative Writers and the English Department at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi teamed up to feature a poetry reading by recently published writer Octavio Quintanilla. On Thursday, Nov. 20, a room full of teachers, staff, and students had the opportunity to hear Quintanilla read from his collection of poems titled, “If I Go Missing.”
A reception was held prior to the reading. During the reception, Quintanilla’s collections of poems were available for purchase and guests enjoyed refreshments. During the reading, Quintanilla read from his debut book and in between poems, he creatively expressed how his thoughts and ideas formed into poetry. A question and answer session with Quintanilla and book signing followed the reading.
Quintanilla’s work has appeared in numerous publications such as Salamander, RHINO, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Texas Observer, and many others. Quintanilla holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Texas and currently teaches Literature and Creative Writing at Our Lady of the Lake University. Along with being a CantoMundo Fellow, he is a regular interviews contributor to Voices de La Luna: A Quarterly Poetry and Arts Magazine.