Dear Readers,

I am very proud to announce that The Thing Itself will hold its first open mic reading on November 16th at The Twig Bookshop. This event will be from 5-7, and I expect a great turnout. We at The Thing Itself have been working tirelessly to get some of the most talented people we could find to be featured at this event.

This Saturday, we will be presenting:


Dr. Quintanilla


OCTAVIO QUINTANILLA’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Salamander, RHINO, Alaska Quarterly ReviewThe Bitter Oleander, Los Angeles ReviewBorder Crossing, Conium Review, and elsewhere. His critical reviews have appeared in Texas Books in Review and in Southwestern American Literature. He has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize. His first collection of poetry, If I Go Missing, will be published by Slough Press in early 2014.

Matthew Guzman

Matthew Guzman holds a master’s degree in literature and a certificate in creative writing from the University of Texas at San Antonio. His work, including poetry and fiction, has appeared in publications such as Grey Sparrow JournalBig River Poetry ReviewPoetry QuarterlyThe San Antonio Current, San Antonio Express NewsSagebrush Review, and Wordriot. Matthew also has a recent poetry chapbook entitled Interstice that was put out by Scars Publications (2012).



Dexter Gilford is in his final year of a Master’s program in English Literature at Our Lady of the Lake University and was a lawyer in another lifetime.  He has 2 daughters a son and is currently enthralled with Joseph Conrad’s Nostromo.



 Corrigan Moran is an undergraduate at Our Lady of The Lake, and a talented poet. He is very active within the campus community, as well as the San Antonio literary scene in general.


I would also like to give a special thanks to the following organizations:

  • The Sagebrush Review
  • The UTSA chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, English Honors Society
  • The OLLU chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, English Honors Society

I look forward to a great turn out, as well as a fantastic reading. If you have any questions feel free to contact me.




David Hale


The Thing Itself



First Open Mic, November 16th at The Twig 5-7 p.m.