DATE:  March 25, 2005
CONTACT: Dr. Charles Etheridge, Visiting Professor, College of Arts and Humanities, (361) 825-5755; or Steve Paschal, Public Affairs, (361) 825-2336    

Nationally Renowned Writer of Children’s Books Pat Mora to Give Reading at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Award-winning Texas Author to hold a ‘Conversation on Creative Writing’

Pat Mora, an award-winning poet, essayist and author of children’s books, will share her work and expertise with aspiring writers at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi on Wednesday, March 30.

Mora, will conduct a seminar titled a “Conversation on Creative Writing” on Wednesday, March 30 at 4:30 p.m. in the University Center, Bayview Room. Then at 7 p.m., she will give a reading from her works in the University Center, Lone Star Ballroom. Both events are free and open to the public.

Mora’s book, “House of Houses” has been hailed as "a textual feast" by The Washington Post and her poems have been characterized as "proudly bilingual" by The New York Times. Some of her notable children's books include “A Library for Juana,” “The World of Sor Juana Inéz” and “Tomás and the Library Lady.” She is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, a fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts and the founder of El Dia de los Libros, a national Latino literacy initiative.

Copies of Mora’s work will be available for purchase at both of Wednesday’s events and she will be available for book signings. The event is sponsored by the University’s English department, the Title V Office, the University Women’s Center and the Corpus Christi YWCA.