Upcoming Appearances

July 18 - 21, 2019
Public Safety Writers Conference
Two presentations
Las Vegas, NV

February 21, 2019
Meet the Author, Rice University
Presentation and book signing
Reception at 7:00 p.m. Free.

February 5 - March 27, 2019
Weekly
Writing Class
10:00 am - noon
Women's Institute of Houston
Registration required.

January 26, 2019
Luncheon speaker
10:00 am - noon
American Assn. of University Women
West Harris County Branch
Tracey Gee Community Center
3599 Westcenter Dr., Houston, TX. 77042

January 10, 2019
”Being A Contemporary Catholic Author”
Stake Jesuit College Preparatory High School. Open to students, faculty, and parents of students only. Light refreshments served.

November 2, 2018
Catholic Prayer Breakfast-Sugarland
Ticketed event through GRNONLINE.COM. $10/person for food and presentation.

October 23, 2019
"Writing and the Breath of Spirit and Creativity."
2:00 - 3:00 pm
San Jacinto College-South
13735 Beamer Rd.
Houston, TX 77089

October 17, 2018
Writing workshop
"Jump Start Your Memoir"
Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce.  
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
GHWCC Office
3201 Kirby, Ste. 400
(Kirby Tower Parking in back off of W. Main)

October 16, 2018
noon - 1:00 pm
Soroptimist International of Alvin
Nolan Ryan Exhibition Center
Room R-104, Alvin, TX.
SAVING POLICE LIVES

October 10, 2018
Booksigning
China Garden Restaurant
1:30 - 4:00 pm
1602 Leeland, Houston, TX.
Discount on books for LEOs.

October 6, 2018
World Premiere
Poetry by Sarah Cortez in conjunction with Musiqa contemporary music ensemble on "Origins." Duncan Recital Hall
Rice University, evening.

October 3, 2018
"The Most Important Leadership Role You'll Ever Have--Leading Yourself"
EEOC-Houston for Hispanic Heritage month
Private event

September 12, 2018
"Celebrating National Policewomen's Day"
Join us at Bookwoman in Austin TX - with special guest, Officer Susana Sanchez of the Austin Police Department.
5501 North Lamar #A-105
Austin, TX 78751

September 4, 11, 18, 25, October 2, 2018
Women's Institute of Houston
"Let's Write: A Creative Writing Workshop"
10:00 am - noon.

August 11, 2018
Reading and signing at
Covenant Church
4949 Caroline Street,
Houston, TX, 77004
10:00 AM

August 6, 2018
Rotary Club of Cypress Fairbank
Carl’s Barbecue, 21920 Highway 290,
Cypress, TX 77429
Noon to 1:00 PM

July 31, 2018
Rotary of Cinco Ranch,
Breakfast Meeting 7:00 - 8:30 am
SAVING POLICE LIVES
23030 Cinco Ranch,
Katy, TX 77450

July 25, 2018
Rotary of Pasadena South
Lunch meeting, noon - 1:30
SAVING POLICE LIVES
5824 Spencer Hwy
Pasadena, TX.

June 26, 2018
Keynote speaker, Young Catholic Professionals
St. Thomas More Servant Hall
10330 Hillcroft, Houston, 77096
Event begins at 5:30 pm with Mass.

June 15 - 17, 2018
Alabama Writers' Conclave
Orange Beach, FL.
Registration required

June 7, 2018
Rotary Club of Bear Creek-Copperfield
Spring Creek BBQ, 5935 Highway 6 North
Houston, TX 77084
Noon to 1:00 PM

June 6, 2018
Rotary Club of Dickinson
First United Methodist Church,
200 FM 517 West, Dickinson, TX.
Noon to 1:00 PM

June 1 - 2, 2018
Public Safety Conference
Duck, North Carolina

May 19, 2018
Book Launch
Tired, Hungry, Standing in One Spot for Twelve Hours: Essential Cop Essays (Texas Review Press, 2018)
River Oaks Book Store
3270 Westheimer, Houston, 77019
3:00 - 5:00 pm

May 5, 2018
WriteFest, presented by the Houston Writers' Guild and WriteSpace.  Click here for my presentation details.
About Writefest

April 28, 2018  9:00 - noon
Poetry & Creativity Workshop sponsored by WILVA, Houston, TX.  Registration and payment required. 

April 25, 2018
Greater Houston Women's Chamber of Commerce Annual Leadership Conference
Click here for information.
Location: Hilton Americas Hotel, 1600 Lamar, Houston (downtown)
Presenting: Women in Law Enforcement and signing copies of HUNGRY, TIRED, STANDING IN ONE SPOT FOR TWELVE HOURS: ESSENTIAL COP ESSAYS

April 14, 2018  1:00 - 4:00 PM
Poetry Panel & Workshop, Mayapple Center for the Arts and Humanities, at A Second Cup Coffeeshop, 1035 East 11th St, Houston, TX,

March 9 - 11, 2018
Tucson Festival of Books, Tucson AZ

December 6 - 10, 2017
Words and Music Fest, New Orleans, LA

December 5, 2017
Poetry Reading, Lorelei Bookstore, Vicksburg MS

November 7, 2017
First of a six part series
Woman's Institute of Houston

November 3, 2017
Dobie Dichos, Oakville, TX

October 26-29, 2017
Women Writing in the West, Tucson AZ

October 10, 2017
Poetry reading, Sul Ross State University

October 6 - 8, 2017
Waco Word Fest, Waco TX

September 14, 2017
Poetry Reading, Bookwoman, 1501 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78751

July 20 - 21, 2017
Region 14 Education Service Center,  Teaching Poetry, Literacy Conference and Write for Texas. Elementary and Secondary students, Abilene, TX

June 24 - 25, 2017
Press Women of Texas, Award Ceremony, for VANISHING POINTS, First Prize for Editing to Sarah Cortez, 2016.

June 6 - 10, 2017
22nd Annual West Chester University Poetry Conference (WCUPC), in West Chester, PA.

WCUPC is the nation's largest annual poetry conference. It is unique because it offers workshops in traditional poetic craft, and provides a national forum to discuss major trends in contemporary poetry. As critic Carlin Romano noted, it is "the nation's most intellectually rigorous conference for poets." (Philadelphia Inquirer).

May 13, 2017
The OKC Litfest, Oklahoma City Downtown Library
Featured reader

April 28, 2017
Houston Writer's Guild
Presentation

April 5, 2017
Bayou City Book Festival,
Lone Star College-North Harris
2700 W. Thorne Drive, Houston, TX 77073
6:00 p.m.
Participating in Libros En Espanol 

January 8th, 2017
Reading and Book Signing with Wendy Barker,
The Twig in San Antonio
3:00 p.m.

December 17, 2016
Kroger Store
I-10 at Echo Lane
Houston, TX 77024
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

December 16, 2016
Kroger Store
Voss at San Felipe
Houston, TX 77057
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

December 10, 2016
Kroger Store
West Gray at Woodhead
Houston, TX 77057
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

December 9, 2016
Kroger Store
North Shepherd at 11th
Houston, TX 77008
4:00 - 6:00 pm

December 8, 2016
Annual Emily Dickenson Birthday Party
Lone Star College-Montgomery.  
Poetry Reading open to the public at the Black Walnut Café
5:30 pm

December 6, 2016
Teacher workshops for TCA
Houston, Texas.

December 4, 2016
St. Nicholas Day Celebration
Holy Rosary Parish
3617 Milam
Houston, TX 77002
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

December 3, 2016
Texas Humanities Holiday Book Fair
1410 Rio Grande, Austin, TX
featuring VANISHING POINTS.

November 19, 2016
Launch of Vanishing Points: Poems and Photographs of
Texas Roadside Memorials
(Texas Review Press, 2016) 
River Oaks Book Store
3270 Westheimer
Houston, Texas 77098
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

October 14, 2016
University of Houston Newman Center
4805 Calhoun Rd., Houston
Speaking on the influence of my Catholic faith on my writing.

September 22, 2016, 7:30 pm
Rice University Newman Center
1703 Bolsover, Houston
Speaking on the influence of my Catholic faith on my writing.

September 17, 2016
Mansfield ISD, Mansfield Book Festival
1110 Debbie Lane, Mansfield, TX 76063
Writing workshops for teens.

September 12, 2016
Brenham Citizens Police Academy
Brenham Police Department
Brenham, Texas
Presentation, book signing. 

September 9, 2016
Landon Festival of the Arts
Granbury, TX
Panel and Reading, Vanishing Points

August 10, 2016
LaPorte Police Department
Leadership Workshop for LEOs and Supervisors
Registration required  
Commissioned personnel only.

July 9th, 2016
East Texas Writers Guild Annual Writers' Conference,
First Presbyterian Church of Tyler
230 Rusk St, Tyler, TX  
"You Said WHAT??!! How to Avoid the Most Common Errors in Writing Dialogue"
Registration required.

June 8 - 11, 2016
Sarah Cortez will lead a three-day workshop titled, If the Form Fits… at the 21st Annual West Chester University Poetry Conference (WCUPC), June 8 – 11, 2016 in West Chester, PA.

WCUPC is the nation's largest annual poetry conference. It is unique because it offers workshops in traditional poetic craft, and provides a national forum to discuss major trends in contemporary poetry. As critic Carlin Romano noted, it is "the nation's most intellectually rigorous conference for poets." (Philadelphia Inquirer).

Sarah’s workshop will examine the riches of poetic forms while focusing attention to become further attuned to the nuances of subtext, mood and tone that are intrinsic to each form. Expect to sharpen your understanding of when and why to use the forms we’ll examine in depth: the pantoum, the sonnet, the villanelle, and the sestina.

Call me at (713) 331-9342, or email me by clicking here. Thanks.


If you are interested in my speaking services on behalf of a Texas school, library or nonprofit organization, please click here for the Texas Commission on the Arts Texas Touring Roster (TCA) information, and apply for an Arts Respond Performance Support grant.  You may save up to 50% on my fees. 
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A Message from Sarah

It is a delight to interact with people of all ages, beliefs, and aspirations. My childhood was one of belief in everyone's ability to achieve what he/she wished. It's my privilege to pass along that attitude by sharing my personal journey. I'm pleased to offer some comments regarding my speaking and its impact. Following these comments are some suggested topics for college, university and adult audiences. I can also craft a speech to directly address your needs.

Please use the Contact Me form to obtain further details and fee schedule.

Comments from various engagements:

Musiqa commissioned Sarah to create a new poem for our “Origins Stories” concert in October 2018—a program of modern works exploring French, Cuban and African musical roots. Sarah’s poem—which was in three parts—described her own origin story, juxtaposed with her meditation on the origins of a piece of music. Then, at the conclusion of her poem, she magically brought those two themes together. From the opening lines—“ Knit together in my mother’s womb/I began growing, cell by cell”—she had our audience spellbound. It was very memorable to have a poem composed for a concert, and both Sarah’s words and her reading were captivating and inspiring.
— Anthony Brandt, Artistic Director, Musiqa
Sarah Cortez gave an inspirational talk at our National Day on Writing event. Her talk was engaging and moving. She worked without props or technology relying on her voice, her stories, and her work to captivate students’ attention.
— Cristina Crawford, Professor of English, San Jacinto College
We greatly enjoyed Sarah’s presentation and professionalism. She is very informed and the topic was well received and loved. Her passion most certainly was felt by everyone in the room. We value and appreciate Sarah’s service in law enforcement.
— Rotary Club of League City
Sarah’s talk to Young Catholic Professionals was authentic, insightful, and engaging. She really dialed in to who her audience was, where they were in their professional and spiritual journeys, and created an environment of trust and honesty, even in the short time she had. Although our group was young professionals, at large—some literary lovers, others not so much—there was wisdom to be shared and received by all.
— Susie Lopez, President, Young Catholic Professionals Houston
It was a wonderful event—and it’s so clear to me how much my students appreciated it—how much they got out of your ideas about memoir and how it works for the writer and her readers. A gift for us, Sarah.
— Dr. Jane Creighton, Associate Professor of English, University of Houston – Downtown, following a presentation by Sarah Cortez
It was a thrill to have the Hispanic Heritage First Responders Panel featuring Sarah Cortez, Chris Hernandez and Poli Acosta: quite possibly one of the best Writers in Performance events ever. I’m serious.
— Professor Clifford Hudder, Lone Star College, Montgomery regarding the Hispanic Heritage Panel
Thank you for your reading at the University of Houston-Downtown this Thursday. Being exposed to your deeply moving work was a great opportunity for our students, as was the opportunity to interact with you.I am deep into Cold Blue Steel as I write this—as I’m sure our students are in the books that they took away with them.It was a wonderfully engaging presentation, and a memorable event.
— Dr. Dr. Sucheta Choudhuri, Assistant Professor English, University of Houston - Downtown
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Suggested speaking topics

The Spiritual Memoir: Crucible of Self

Featured Book: Walking Home: Growing Up Hispanic in Houston (Texas Review Press, 2012)

Covers a brief history of the spiritual memoir’s genesis and antecedents in Western culture.  In addition, the following topics will be addressed:

  • The necessary components of the genre,

  • The creation of persona,

  • The challenges of voice in this genre,

  • The publishing industry’s reception of such manuscripts.

The author will share the ups and downs of her own spiritual journey to find a home for a manuscript written many years previously, and the importance of vision in such a journey.

Suitable for

  • Writing seminars

  • Literary festivals

  • High school and university writing classes

  • Retreats

  • Religious Studies classes

The speech is about 40 minutes in length follow by 15 minutes of Q&A.  A book signing follows.

Life Lessons

Traces my development as an artist and three of the powerful lessons I learned:

  • If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well,

  • No one can take away what you learn,

  • Love America and perform civic duties.

Suitable for

  • Commencements

  • Achievement ceremonies

  • Writing groups

  • Law enforcement groups

  • Military groups

  • Literacy groups

The speech is about 30 minutes in length followed by 15 minutes of selected poetry reading focused on my work as a police officer and the work of firemen/firewomen.  A book signing can follow, if appropriate.

 rEADING AND sIGNING AT RIVEROAKS BOOK STORE

rEADING AND sIGNING AT RIVEROAKS BOOK STORE

Your Life, Your Story:  Evoking Memory to Create Narrative and History

Featured Book: Windows into My World: Latino Youth Write Their Lives (Arte Publico Press, 2007)

Who is to say which one of us will become a part of recorded history in our professional or creative lives?  Western history abounds with examples of men and women whose history has been preserved and published, and those for whom it hasn’t.  Each of us has an indelible presence in the personal, quieter histories of our families, neighborhoods, and friends.  Yet, for an individual’s sense of empowerment and self-identity, the most important history is self-history, that unique, imagined, internal narrative that we all unconsciously create and/or fulfill.  Explore the potentials of consciously choosing the narratives of one’s own self-meaning.

Suitable for

  • Writing seminars

  • Literary festivals

  • High school and university writing classes

The speech is about 30 minutes in length follow by 15 minutes of selected reading from the featured book.  A book signing can follow, if appropriate.

Pulling Away Salome’s Veils:  Attaining Creative Focus

Why don’t we write, or paint or sculpt? Why do we shy away from releasing the artist within us?  This speech identifies and suggests how to remove the barriers to artistic development and creative freedom. 

Suitable for

  • Writing seminars

  • Literary festivals

  • High school and university writing classes

The speech is about 45 minutes in length follow by 15 minutes of selected reading.  A book signing can follow, if appropriate.

My Life in Reading:  The Development of a Poet

What books shaped my character?  How did I morph from a child-lover of reading into a writer, a teacher, a poet, a cop?  This speech traces the arc of written influences that has produced my many careers. 

Suitable for

  • Writing seminars

  • Literary festivals

  • High school and university writing classes

  • Collegiate groups

The speech is about 40 minutes in length follow by 15 minutes of selected reading.  A book signing can follow, if appropriate.

Spiritual Legacy: What We Leave Behind in Writing

Featured Book: Walking Home: Growing Up Hispanic in Houston (Texas Review Press, 2012)

Life lessons and wisdom are illuminating gifts from the lives we all lead.  This presentation focuses on helping each individual write his/her own spiritual legacy through a series of joyful exercises.

Suitable for

  • Writing seminars

  • Literary festivals

  • University writing classes

  • Retreats

  • Religious Studies classes

 The presentation is three hours in length.  A book signing can follow, if appropriate.

 Preparing to address the dallas institute of humanities and culture

Preparing to address the dallas institute of humanities and culture

Call me at (713) 331-9342, or email me by clicking here. Thanks.