2019 Anthology Writers

Cadence S. Olivarez

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About Cadence S. Olivarez

Cadence Skye Olivarez has Texas roots dating back six generations. She currently resides in Corpus Christi with her three year old son, Everett, who would legally change his name to Batman should she allow it. She spends most of her time amid the palm trees of TAMUCC while she works full time, studies Creative and Professional Writing, and serves as the Associate Editor of Nonfiction for The Windward Review. She was recently a recipient of a HAAS Writing Award for her work completed in Fall 2018 and is a perpetual student of life. She is an avid lover of Mother Nature, yoga, coffee, and kindness.

Mesquite Tree

 Mesquite Tree

Heal me beneath the moon and the sea.

May the crashing waves devour my fears

and wrap me in a cocoon of the unknown,

spun like a dreidel of silk and sound

as harmonies of locusts lull this loud dream.

Blood orange moon, mother moon, longest of the century,

gleam unto my bare breasts that have changed shape

in aging and nourishing of my sweet babe;

see me for not the hundreds of versions there are that exist of me within each stranger,

but for who I am. Who I am.

A wandress shifting shadows,

morphing under the wings of sky,

soles of my feet calloused from kissing the red Texas dirt,

pulling the earth toward me as if it were an Afghan in the dead of winter’s night.

An Afghan knitted by the hands of my great grandmother who lived through The Great Depression,

starved through poverty, hunger knowing no race.

She praised her God on a day when she had animal fat to cook in her beans,

trekked across dry desert, cactus country, shielding her cooing infant from the blistering sun,

all to give me this life. This life.

With only the fire cracking and smoldering mesquite branches to warm my bones.

I sharply inhale this vision, and exhale the realization of permanence:

because of her, and the bloodline coming before me,

because of these ancestors who fought for this life,

healing under this moon,

because of them, I am eternal.

Baby Bloomer

Baby Bloomer

Once a speck of stardust, then a sprouting seed,

blooming from the verdant, velvet covered leaves.

Your size a Meyer Lemon, canary and so sweet,

your skin the perfect hue, heart a steady beat.

Gentle in this iris, curled up serenely,

your rosy cheeks and chin, drawn down to your knees.

The beauty of becoming: budding, bittersweet,

eclipsing space and time, when our eyes finally meet.

Petals lending warmth, awaiting your first breath,

an act that will transcend, even my own death.

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Chelsea Brotherton

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About Chelsea Brotherton

Chelsea Brotherton is an unpublished writer in her senior year at Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi, and will be graduating with an English writing degree in August 2019. She is a a recent winner of the 1st place undergraduate creative writing 2019 Haas English Writing Awards for a small collection of poetry. A Houston native, she is and enthusiastic Corpus Christi transplant. 

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Christian Garduno

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About Christian Garduno

Christian Garduno was raised in the Los Angeles area and studied History at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the type of writer who works late into the night, most often until sunrise. His hobbies include making mix tapes, playing 9-ball, and sailing. He currently resides and writes along the South Texas coast with his beautiful wife Nahemie and his young son, Dylan. 

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Coffee Cat

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About Coffee Cat

Coffee Cat has lived in Corpus Christi all her life and graduated from Texas A & M University as a first generation college student. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree of English in 2016. She currently works as a technical writer for a local business and self-published her first novel in March of this year. The novel is titled Don't Die and is published under the name Cofffeee Cat. It is available in both digital and print from Amazon. 

Don't Die

Description of DON'T DIE:  Anastasia Adira has read, watched, and heard countless stories with the same trope: do anything for love or save the princess. Two formulas that never seems to get old. As much as he enjoys a good romance, he never thought he’d be apart of one. Galaxia knows love as a word he can’t spell or recognize on the page. All it is, is something his clients say to him after a night of business and nothing more. When the two meet, the real story begins. BUY ON AMAZON

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Cory Staryk

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About Cory Staryk

About Cory's Writing

I read a Norman Mailer article that played with the idea that God was fully aware of our Doom. That he had made mortal creatures that will still die and be gone. It was a beautiful idea to me and it affected me. 

I'm also obsessed that we just don't understand the vastness of space. Exploration of space is both bleak and absolutely amazing. I want to capture those two sentiments in the future science fiction work I write. Also, there is this idea in ecology that the destination of all species is extinction and I'm curious about how we would want to go out. I was trying to play with those ideas. 

There is this old proverb, which I think is Buddhist, that says: before enlightenment, a shepherd wakes and tends to his flock; after enlightenment, a shepherd wakes and tends to his flock. That is how I came up with the resolution. Originally, I wanted to shut the station down and everyone would die to send the message, but it just didn't seem logical and really cruel. Could be really emotional, but ultimately a terrible ending.

Excerpt from Echoes

Flint flipped through the monitors’ outside views of the station and the gas giant they orbited. Turbulent cloud bands and a wide, vertical icy ring were the only sights. He once imagined the galaxy’s stars full of civilizations waiting for discovery, but most were empty and others were tombs.

Muted laughter drew Flint to the third monitor. A party played on that screen. Ten years ago. A woman with deep blue eyes smiled into the camera. Her shoulders draped with her long, brown curls framing her olive skin. She lifted her hands, revealing a brownie with a single lit candle. She mouthed “happy birthday” and laughed. 

David Carpenter

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About David Carpenter

My name is David Carpenter: Writer of stories, adopter of cats, player of games. Graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy with a second degree from the university formerly known as Corpus Christi State. After a stint in the Coast Guard I became a computer programmer, a choice that I enjoyed but would not recommend for normal people. I live in Corpus Christi, Texas and write urban fantasy with a touch of humor.

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Dylan Lopez

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About Dylan Lopez

Dylan Lopez is a student at TAMUCC majoring in English writing. He was a student of both Joseph Wilson and Tom Murphy as well as Glenn Blalock. He won the Robb Jackson Poetry Contest in his senior year of high school.

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E Contreras

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About E Contreras

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Grady Hunter

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About Grady Hunter

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Heather Twardowski

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About Heather Twardowski

Heather Twardowski hails from Houston, Texas and came to Corpus Christi to pursue both her B.A and M.A in English at Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi. While in the M.A. Program, she worked as an instructor for the university’s First-Year Writing Program where she showed students that everything they knew about writing was wrong. She has also traveled quite a bit, visiting places such as Scotland, France, and England. 

Heather can be defined in three words: Writer, Dancer, and Cosplayer. A dedicated dancer, an avid writer, and a big anime fan, Heather brings her passion in whatever she does. The genres she is most interested in are dystopian, sci-fi, mystery, and supernatural. She is currently working on several projects, including her debut novel, Rebel Fire. 

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Jacqueline Gonzalez

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About Jacqueline Gonzalez

Jacqueline was born and raised in Corpus Christi and graduated from Incarnate Word Academy High School. She is a wife, mother, and lover of all academic disciplines, specifically those involving the English language and writing. Jacqueline works as a Freelance Writer and as an Instructional Consultant for the Stone Writing Center at Del Mar College. She is also a Contributing Writer for The Bend and Inspire Coastal Bend Magazines. 

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Javier Villareal

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Jody Heymann

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About Jody Heymann

Jody Heymann is a fiction writer and has been living in Corpus Christi, Texas for most of her life. She is a retired Emeritus Professor from Del Mar College. Jody taught English Literature for over 42 years. Jody and her husband, Dr. Hans Heymann have contributed greatly to the community in which they lived. Dr. Heymann even brought the first blood bank to Corpus Christi. Jody’s books,  Greystone’s Dilemma and The Lady Killers: A Thriller are entertaining reads.  

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Joshua Espita

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Ken Diercouff

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