Join the Write Stuff Club on Thursday, August 24 at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library for the Club’s Third Annual Reading Presentation. The event is scheduled to start promptly at 6 p.m. and end by 8 p.m.

The Write Stuff, a group of local writers, will read the short stories they have worked on for the past year. The group was created in September 2014. Members meet every other Wednesday to fine tune their writing skills. Their main goal is to publish their works. 

During this special presentation, authors will read stories they are now ready to share with the public. The stories include a wide range of genres. The featured authors are:


Gloria Perez, a short story writer with a background in theater. Her inspiration comes from world myths, classic fairy tales, and human superstition. Her work has been described as romantic suspense and magical realism.

Dee Lopez has been a writer since she received a toy typewriter for Christmas when she was nine years old. She recently returned from the League of Texas Writers conference in Austin where she had a chance to network with more than 600 writers.

Dr. Marjorie Anne Estevis considers herself a writer of fiction, but does enjoy writing and performing poetry with her granddaughter. Estevis, a retired educator, has authored two young adult fiction books, “Down Garrapata Road” and “Chicken Foot Farm.” As well as the novel “Goat Creek Crossing” and a book of short fiction “Welcome to Tecolote, Texas.”

Steven Ramirez, a retired salesperson who enjoys cooking and reading. His writing is influenced by historical fiction and legal suspense novels.

Valerie Ramirez, a former elementary school teacher who loves history, gardening, and writing.

Fernando (Fred) Gorena, Jr., an Air Force veteran, a nationally published cartoonist, an editorial cartoonist, a former grocer, a draftsman and a man who likes to write when the inspiration hits him.

This year’s event Master of Ceremonies is Daniel Garcia Ordaz. He is a teacher and writer and an emerging voice in Hispanic American poetry. He has book publishing experience, including editing and book cover design credits. García has an MFA in Creative Writing, a terminal degree, from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. He's also a songwriter, former journalist and word-maker-upper.

He appears in the documentary, “ALTAR: Cruzando Fronteras/Building Bridges” and he was one of five authors and the only poet selected to participate in the Texas Latino Voices project in 2009 by the Texas Center For The Book, the state affiliate of the Library of Congress. García Ordaz is also a founder of the Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from The University of Texas-Pan American.

The Sekula Memorial Library looks forward to showcasing these up and coming writers as they share their talented writings with the community.

For more information, contact Claralexis Rios at 956-383-6246 or email her at