Join the Write Stuff Club on Thursday, September 6 at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library for the Club’s Fourth 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 written by the following featured authors:


Gloria Perez, short story writer, who currently lives with her dogs, Sukkie Monkee and Rosé Day. She collects stories from her travels, and is inspired by world myths, classic fairy tales, and human superstition. Gloria is working to complete her first short story collection. Find her on Instagram @lethean_tales and Twitter @letheantales

Arnaldo “J.R.” Ramirez Born in McAllen, Texas, J.R. is the only boy of four siblings. He was formerly the general manager of a music venue before stricken with multiple sclerosis. Now his sense of purpose is writing. He has a passion for writing memoirs and poetry, both currently featured in this anthology. Music is in his blood and music is poetry.

Marjorie Anne Estevis was born in Gladewater, Texas, and raised in Corpus Christi. While teaching in the norther part of New Mexico, she met her husband – a fellow teacher and a native Texan. They eventually returned to live in Texas and now make their home in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Marjorie Anne has authored two young adult fiction books, Down Garrapata Road and Chicken Foot Farm, both published by Arte Publico Press, a novel, Goat Creek Crossing and a book of short fiction, Welcome to Tecolote Texas both published by La Nopalera Press. She is retired from the University of Texas system, and continues to write.

Valerie Goerlitz-Ramirez was born and raised in the small town of Oakland City in southern Indiana. She attended Indiana University at Bloomington and La Catolica in Lima, Peru. Valerie student taught in Mercedes, Texas, and worked for thirty-one years in various school districts in the Rio Grande Valley until her retirement in 2009. She is a wife, mother, and grandmother who loves history and is currently finishing a children’s book about Freddy Gonzalez. Most of her public writing has been for documenting the history of the African American communities of Edinburg and McAllen.

Suanne Goings, an artist and poet, was born in the small Appalachian town of Portsmouth, Ohio. From 2000 to 2016, she facilitated art and writing programs in both the men’s and women’s prisons in central Ohio. Two years ago, Suanne moved to the Rio Grande Valley to finish writing her memoir An Artist Journey Through the Loss of a Child.

John Isbell began life as a small child. As he grew, he acquired increasingly large pairs of socks. He saw the world and did a thing or two. Late 2011, John began writing a poem a day, a practice he has largely maintained since then. He’s published poems in the United Kingdom and the United States, but no books of poems as of yet. In a previous life, he published books concerning the Romantic Movement, some of which are still available. A visitor to the valley since 1968, he moved here with his wife in 2015 to teach at UTRGV.

Hugh M. Jones was born at the outset of the Great Depression. Hugh grew up in poverty, beginning his working life at nine years of age and putting himself through college where he earned a degree in Chemical Engineering. Working a number of years in the chemical industry, he later performed turnarounds of failing companies and was chairman/president of four corporations, both foreign and domestic. A Korean War veteran, he lived 16 years in Mexico. He presently works with Revocable Living Trusts and Estates planning and he has several books in progress.

Maria Colvin-Lopez is a first-time author who was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico to an Irish father and a Spanish mother. From 1987 to 2012, she taught middle and high school students here in the Rio Grande Valley. In 2016, her book Bonnie’s Secret was published. Currently, she is working on the sequel Nana’s Legacy.

Fernando Gorena, Jr. was born in Alamo, Texas, a long time ago. He likes to write fiction, humor, memoirs, and often poetry when the mood hits him. He has been educated and graduated from Pharr, San Juan, Alamo High School and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of Texas – Pan American. He attended Texas University, Old Mis. University, Alaska University, during the time he was in the service of his country. He has had cartoons published in Hustler magazine, also did some editorial cartoons for The Monitor and The Texan. He also did the logo for the PSJA Independent School District. He writes mostly because he likes to.

Juan Ovalle was born in Ralls, raised in Donna, Texas, and currently resides in Edinburg, Texas and Austin, Texas. Ovalle retired fromUniversity of Texas – Pan American, where he coordinated and supervised several student services throughout the years and was an occasional lecturer in the English department. He enjoys drawing, painting, reading, and writing, especially science fiction and mysteries. Some of his short storied have been published in The Monitor’s Festiva Magazines and in South Texas College’s Interstice Journal. 

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 Jose Tamez at 956-383-6246 or email her at