"The most important part of the body is the brain.
Of my face, I like the eyebrows and eyes.
Aside from that, I like nothing.
My head is too small." FRIDA KAHLO
Windward Review is a student-operated, faculty-advised publication of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi's Islander Creative Writers and the Department of English. In the past, student editors have been both volunteers and participants from an upper-division creative writing studio class. The entire editorial process is led by Dr. Robin Carstensen, who guides the students in ENGL 4385: Studies in Creative Writing, Literary Publishing, in the spring semester, and works with a core team in the summer and fall. Designing of the journal has been led by Dr. Catherine Quick, who guides students from ENGL 3378: Document Design and Publishing in forming the layout of the journal and works with the core team in the spring and summer. We also receive help from Dr. Isaac Hinojosa in the reviewing of bilingual works. Other help has come from Prof. Tom Murphy and Dr. Chuck Etheridge.
We are in the process of growing our team for vol. 18. If you are a TAMU-CC student and would like to be an editor, ask usabout the Spring 2020, Windward Review editing class (3 hrs) we have in the works.
EDITORIAL TEAM Managing Editor Dylan Lopez Dylan Lopez is a junior at Texas A&M University—Corpus Christi pursuing a degree in English, with a minor in Creative Writing. Their work has been featured in Trinity University’s High Noon, Island Waves,Corpus Christi Writers Anthology, and Open All Night. They are a recipient of the Robb Jackson Poetry Award, in honor of TAMUCC’s Robb and Vanessa Jackson. A quiet, laid-back writer, they frequent open mics around the Coastal Bend, sharing their work with a vibrant community of local poets. Their writing explores the themes of love, depression, and internal struggles in fantastic, mythical, and sometimes drearily realistic settings.
Senior Editor Zoe Ramos Jmj
Zoe Ramos is an English MA student that has edited for Windward Review for three years. They are born-and-raised residents of CC and have a passion for helping the South Texas area creatively flourish in the little ways they can. They especially support efforts to inspire and sustain creative involvement through social connections. They can often be seen at open mics, at reading events, at research series', and roaming the TAMU-CC library. Although their creative specialty is poetry, they value the fluidity of genre and innovation regarding the surmised function of language and art. They fancy themself a rogue scientist-philosopher (sans formal training) and happen to think that literally everything can be art. And the perplexing beauty of understanding everything as art is a clue to what the universe is truly made of. Their favorite writing shatters dichotomy and makes the mundane, grotesque, or challenging,... special, beautiful, or mollifying. Their greatest strength as an editor is their ability to appreciate work by first appreciating the humanity of the artist. Their greatest flaw as an editor is loving everything they read, which makes it very hard to pick and choose.
Faculty Advisor Robin Carstensen
Robin Carstensen’s poetry can be found in BorderSenses, Atlanta Review, Southern Humanities Review, and many others. They are the recipient of annual poetry awards from Many Mountains Moving and So to Speak: a Feminist Journal of Language and Art. Their work has received finalist recognition from Terrain.org and Baltimore Review. Their poems are included in the Fall 2016 anthology from Demeter Press: Borderlands and Crossroads: Writing the Motherland. Their award-winning chapbook, In the Temple of Shining Mercy, is forthcoming in Fall 2016 from Iron Horse Review Press. They are inspired by students who write a book of sonnets in one semester, by their colleagues, students, friends and all artists doing their good work, the nobleness of cats, and Jeanette Winterson’s brilliance.
Website Manager and Associate Blog Editor Natalie Williams
Assistant Editors McKahla Delarosa | Noa Davison | Marlene De Leon | Juan Eguia | Emma Guerra | Breanna Gustin | Chris Janca | Lindi Holland | Amanda King | Jayne-Marie Linguist | Seidy Lopez | Steven Nally | Celine Ramos | Aric Reyna | Sierra Rios | Amber Robbins | Joseph Salinas | Cheyenne Sanchez | Natalie Williams | All Students of ENGL 4385: Studies in Creative Writing: Literary Publishing, Windward Review