Ready, Set, Pitch


June 11th - 13th 2021

Check out some of our awesome speakers we have lined up!

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John Simons
Keynote Speaker

John Simons’ many projects in life have always had one thing in common: if they were foods, the first ingredient listed would be marketing. He started out writing and telling stories since he was a kid, usually managing to get out of any trouble they caused. He learned about retail marketing for books, games, and comic book by opening a comic book store. Later, he founded Comicpalooza and became adept at developing multi-industry merchandising, managing fandoms, and marketing through publicity. Comicpalooza became a major regional marketing platform for creators of all kinds, whether they make novels, comics, movies, games, art, or something else. He sold Comicpalooza in 2018 and is now moving on to other projects. He has a BA in English Literature, badly speaks any foreign language he can get his hands on, and is currently working on his second novel.

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Corine La Font

Corine La Font is from Trinidad and Tobago (pronounced 2-bay-go) in the Caribbean and lived in Jamaica for 21 years. It was in Jamaica that Corine established herself as an award-winning Author, Publisher, Journalist, Podcaster and now consulting as a Public Relations and Communications Consultant. 


Texas Review Press
Agent/Aquisitions Focus

J. Bruce Fuller is a Louisiana native. His chapbooks include The Dissenter's Ground, Lancelot, and Flood, and his poems have appeared at The Southern Review, Crab Orchard Review, McNeese Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, and Louisiana Literature, among others. He has received scholarships from Bread Loaf, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and Stanford University, where he was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry. He currently teaches at Sam Houston State University where he is the Director of Texas Review Press.