Award-winning Poet and Former Port Aransas Resident to Speak at Islander Creative Writers Fall Festival

Published: October 14, 2015

Award-winning Poet and Former Port Aransas Resident to Speak at Islander Creative Writers Fall Festival

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Award-winning poet Kathleen Winter, who grew up in Port Aransas, Texas, and is a current Dobie Paisano Fellow and Author of “Nostalgia for the Criminal Past,” has been selected as the keynote speaker for the Islander Creative Writers Fall Festival on Thursday, Nov. 5, from 6- 9 p.m. in the University Center, Bayview Room 320 at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The event is free and open to the public.

Winter, recipient of the Fall 2015 Dobie Paisano Fellowship from the Texas Institute of Letters and the University of Texas at Austin, will read from her latest book, “Nostalgia for the Criminal Past.”  Many of the poems from her book are set in Port Aransas, where she spent much of her childhood.  The book has won the Antivenom prize and the 2013 Bob Bush Memorial Award from the Texas Institute of Letters. Her poems have been published in “Tin House,” “AGNI,” “The New Republic,” “Field,” “Poetry London,” “Drunken Boat,” “Cincinnati Review,” “Gulf Coast,” and other journals.

The event will also feature the second issue of the “Switchgrass Review,” a literary journal published annually by the Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation (CBWF), in collaboration with Dr. Robin Carstensen, Founder and Editor of the “Switchgrass Review,” and Assistant Professor of English at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Department of English. The Chief Operating Officer of the CBFW, Meredith Grantham, will be introduced at the event.

The “Switchgrass Review,” a national literary journal of women’s health, history, and transformation, is part of an initiative by Bill Jeron Hoelscher, CEO of CBWF, to raise awareness of women and girls with HIV and to advocate for the women of South Texas who face many health disparities.

“The ‘Switchgrass Review’ is a critical space for recognizing the local challenges and global crisis facing women,” said Carstensen. “This journal is a necessary online and print venue for creative writers across our community and beyond to uncover the buried histories of women and to voice their experiences, struggles, and celebrations through poetry and prose that brings us all together in community and advocacy for women.”

This journal’s second issue has extended its reach to writers of fiction and nonfiction, and showcases some of the amazing talent of A&M-Corpus Christi faculty, students, and Coastal Bend writers along with nationally recognized writers.

An open mic and reception will follow Winter’s reading, with readings from University students, faculty, and Coastal Bend authors. Faculty and community literary presses will sell their books and journals at the event.