Lesley Clinton has won awards from the Poetry Society of Texas. Her poems have appeared in publications such as Mezzo Cammin, the 2017 Texas Poetry Calendar, Houston Poetry Fest anthologies, Sakura Review, Euphony Journal, and Madville Publishing's By the Light of a Neon Moon: Poetry out of dancehalls, honky tonk, music halls, and clubs. She serves as a judge for the Archdiocese of Galveston Houston Poetry Fest and teaches English at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, where she also co-moderates Inkwell Creative Writing Club.
Sarah Cortez, a Councilor of the Texas Institute of Letters, Fellow of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, and Fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, has poems, essays, book reviews, and short stories anthologized and published in journals, such as Texas Monthly, Rattle, The Sun, Pennsylvania English, Texas Review,Louisiana Literature, Arcadia,Langdon Review ofthe Arts, The Midwest Quarterly, Southwestern American Literature.
Winner of the PEN Texas Literary Award, her debut poetry collection is How to Undress a Cop.Her books haveplaced as finalists in the Writers’ League of Texas awards, Los Angeles Book Festival Awards, and the PEN Southwest Poetry Awards. An anthologist of eight volumes, she has won the Southwest Book Award of the Year, multiple International Latino Book Awards, Border Region Librarians Assn. Award, Press Women of Texas Editing Award, and the Skipping Stones International Honor Award.
Her most recent anthology is Vanishing Points: Poems and Photographs of Texas Roadside Memorials combining the stunning photographs of Texas roadside memorials by photographer Dan Streck and poems. This book was named a 2016 Southwest Book of the Year, won an International Latino Book Award, and won the prestigious First Place in Editing from the National Federation of Press Women. Ms. Cortez is a recent finalist for Texas poet laureate.
Sharon Hall Gehbauer
Sharon Hall Gehbauer is an English teacher at an all-girls Catholic High School in Houston, Texas. She has dedicated 21 years of her life to inspiring the young women she teaches to read closely, think deeply, speak confidently, and write with passion. She is also a wife and mother of four and spends much of her after-school time driving her children to their various activities and doing her best to help them with homework. But when she can, she is writing poetry and fiction, whipping up a gourmet meal, doing needlepoint, going for a long bike ride or just simply curling up on a comfy sofa and reading a good book. She won Honorable Mention in the Rhyming Poem category in the 77th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition for her poem, “About Us”. Now that her children are growing, she hopes to dedicate more of her time to her writing and sending out her work for publication.
Maria King Illich
Author and educator Maria King Illich began writing as a child. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and an M.Ed. from the University of St. Thomas. As an undergraduate, Maria was awarded the Susan T. Scanlon Scholarship for Creative Writing. Her first book, The Morcant Twins and the Curse of the Griseum, was nominated for a CYBILS Award as well as a Silver Falchion Award. Maria has been a juried poet for the Houston Poetry Fest multiple times. She lives in Houston with her husband, Greg.
Herman Sutter is the author of the poetry collection, The World Before Grace (Wings Press, 1991) and the blog The World Before Grace (and after). He is a school librarian and as a founding member of the 1980s performance group The Writer Guys, has been a footnote on the Houston literary scene for years; staging poetry readings, performances, radio plays and poems for voices. His work has appeared in i.e., blonde on blonde, Touchstone, the Northern Review, Innisfree, and St. Anthony Messenger. His poem for voices (The World Before Grace) was honored at the Texas Playwrights’ Festival (1992) and his narrative poem “Constance” received the Innisfree prize for poetry in 1982.
Lisa Toth Salinas
Lisa Toth Salinas is the author of Smallest Leaf (2015), awarded the Edwin M. Eakin Manuscript Prize by the Poetry Society of Texas. Her poems have appeared and are forthcoming in Presence, St. Austin Review, mater et magistra, and many editions of the winners' anthologies of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (Encore) and the Poetry Society of Texas (A Book of the Year). She was selected as featured poet within the Houston, Texas collaborative poetry and visual art exhibit Color: Story (2019). Lisa is a genealogist and a twenty-year home educator to her five children. You can find her on the web at smallestleaf.com.