Switchgrass Review


The Switchgrass Review is a national literary journal of women’s health, history, and transformation. We are published annually by the Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation, in collaboration with the English Department at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The journal emerges from an initiative by Bill Jeron Hoelscher, the CEO of the Coastal Bend Wellness (CBWF), to raise awareness of women and girls with HIV and other health disparities in the Coastal Bend region of South Texas.  This initiative began with a Coastal Bend Wellness Poetry Prize, calling for poems from the Coastal Bend Region and across the nation. We now accept submissions in poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction from our region and across the globe. The three winners and three finalists are selected by an outside judging panel and are published along with many other submissions. The journal is compiled and edited by Robin Carstensen, a published poet, former associate editor of the Cimarron Review, and an assistant professor of English at Texas A&M University-CC.


Annual Prize

$200 Top prize in each genre

$50 Runners up in each genre



The Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation welcomes submissions from writers nationally and abroad for our second annual contest honoring women's health and healing. We seek well-crafted poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction submissions from artists of all cultures, ethnicities, backgrounds, ages, and abilities.



Current issue Vol.2


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Debut issue Vol.1


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Robin Carstensen, co-founder and editor. She coordinates the creative writing program and teaches at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Her poetry is published in national and international literary journals, and her work often emphasizes borderlands; women, gender, and sexuality; and environmental themes. She has won annual poetry awards from Many Mountains Moving and So to Speak: a Feminist Journal of Language and Art. Her poems have been recognized as finalist poems by The Baltimore Review, Terrain.org and Calyx. Recent work is forthcoming in Demeter Press's Borderlands and Crossroads: Writing the Motherland and The Tishman Review, and is published in the Atlanta Review, BorderSenses, Southern Humanities Review, Connotations Press, and many more.

Manuel Garza, co-founder, art editor, website and journal design. He owns Manuel Garza Creative Graphic Designs: manuelgarza.com.  Manuel is also a certified Zumba instructor, Yoga instructor, and creator of Aqua Kundalini Yoga and EM.


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