Jasminne Mendez

Curriculum Vitae

11742 N. Michael Cir./Houston, TX/77071





MFA        Creative Writing, Pacific Lutheran University- Rainier Writer’s Workshop, expected August 2019

M.Ed.        Curriculum & Instruction, English Language Arts, University of Houston, May 2007

B.A.        English Literature, Magna Cum Laude, University of Houston, May 2005


Bill Gates Millenium Scholar Award, 2002-2007

Bierds/Smith Scholarship Recipient,  2015-2019


Areas of research specialization include:


Night-Blooming Jasmin(n)e: Personal Essays and Poetry, Arte Publico Press, 2018.

Island of Dreams, Floricanto Press, 2013.


Guest Editor:

“Where Are the Children”- Special Issue, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Summer 2018.

“Afro-Latinx Poetry”- Special Issue, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Winter 2018.

“Natural Disasters & the Environment”- Special Issue, The Acentos Review, Winter 2018.

Journals & Anthologies: (Poetry & Essay)

“To El Hombre Dominicano Who Told Me it Was Not My Place To Write About Dominican/Haitian Relations,” The Kenyon Review Online, forthcoming February 2019.

“Dar a Luz,” Gulfcoast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts, Issue 30.1, Winter/Spring 2018.

“Run, Irelia, Run,” “Return to Water,” and “Bounty,” Cogzine, February  2018.

“The Burden of Teachable Moments,” The Rumpus, February 2018.

“An Abecedarian Lesson for My Bilingual Students in Houston,”
bird’s thumb, VOL. 5, Issue 1, February 2018.

“First Words: English as a Second Language,” La Galeria Magazine, February 2017.

“First Born Son,” Crab Creek Review, Spring/Summer 2017.

“Fathers & Sons,” “Morir Sonando,” Label Me Latina/o Special Issue: Afro-Latina/o Literature and Performance, Volume VII, Summer 2017.

“Small Talk After A Reading: A Haitian Massacre,” “Counting Beads,” “Outsourced: A Love Song,” The Acentos Review, November 2016.

“Shades of Red,” Dangerous Women Project, April 2016.

“From Page to Stage: Teaching Slam Poetry in the High School Classroom,” HowlRound, March 2016.

Frijochuelas, La Galeria Magazine, February 2016.

El Corte,” The Best of CutThroat Journal, 2016.

War, Show & Tell, The Cause, Beyond Freedom Anthology, Brute Bound Press, 2016.

When Was the Last Time You Saw a Black Boy Smile,” Outrage Anthology, 2015.

Neurology Suite 101,Reflections, Telling Our Stories Press, 2015.

Not Yet,”  Reverie: Ultra Short Memoirs, Telling Our Stories Press, 2013.

Paradise,” Littlest Blessings, Whispering Angel Books, 2012.

Disorder, Magnolia Women’s Journal,         2012.

I Miss You,” Impact: A Collection of Short Memoir, Telling Our Stories Press, 2012.

“Grandeur,” Flash International Short Story Magazine, University of Chester, 2011.

“The China Cabinet,” Windows into My World: Latino Youth Write their Lives, Arte Publico Press, 2007.


Compelling Latino Narratives, River Oaks Bookstore, Houston, TX, November 2018.

Night-Blooming Jasmin(n)e: Book Tour, New York University, NY, October 2018.

Night-Blooming Jasmin(n)e: Book Tour, City College of New York, NY, October 2018.

Night-Blooming Jasmin(n)e: Book Tour, Busboys & Poets, Washington D.C., October 2018.

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, Houston Community College, Houston, TX, Sept 2016, 2017 & 2018.

LibroFest! Houston Public Library, Houston, TX, September 2016, 2017 & 2018.

Latina Poetry Cafe, Lone Star College North Harris, Houston, TX, September 2018 & April 2017.

University of Houston Victoria Downtown Arts Series, Victoria, TX, February 2018.

Dia de los Muertos Iconoclast Feature, St. Paul’s Methodist, Houston, TX November 2017.

Mujeres Malas Reveal & Art Show, Houston, TX October 2017.

Afro-Latina Tintero Projects Reading, Houston, TX September 2017.

Macondo Writers Workshop Feature, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, San Antonio, TX July 2017.

Lonestar Book Festival, Lone Star College, Houston, TX, April 2017.

Women’s History Month Celebration, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX, March 2017.

Poison Pen Reading Series, Houston, TX, February 2017.

Speak!Poet, Featured Writer, Brazos Bookstore, March 2016.


Tejas FOCO- NACCS Conference, Lone Star College, Houston, TX, February  2016

Borderlines-Ni de aqui, ni de alla, Voices Breaking Boundaries, Houston, TX, December 2015.

Culture, Love & Identity: An Afro-Latina Reading, Online Webinar (YouTube), November  2015.

Houston Poetry Fest, Featured Poet, Willow St. Pump Station, Houston, TX, October 2015.

Iconoclast Readings- Women Across the Divide        St. Paul’s Methodist, Houston, TX, October 2015.

Mexican American Studies Dept Career Days, University of Houston, Houston, TX, Fall 2012-2015.

100 Thousand Poets for Change, University of Houston Downtown, Houston, TX, September 2015.

Afro-Latino Connection Event, HCC Southeast, Houston, TX, February 2015.

RAW: Houston Visionary Showcase, StereoLive, Houston, TX, January 2015.

Hispanic Heritage Month, Lone Star College, Houston, TX September 2014.

Women’s Herstory Month, UH Clearlake, Houston, TX, March 2014.

Island of Dreams Book Launch, Casa Ramirez Bookstore, Houston, TX, December 2013.

Annual Word Around Town Poetry Tour, Houston, TX, June 2006,2007,2008, 2011 & 2013.


Public Poetry, Houston Public Library, Houston, TX July & November 2012. 

The House on Mango St. 25th Anniversary Book Tour, Rice University, Houston, TX, April 2009.


Talento Bilingue 33 Year Anniversary, Talento Bilingue de Houston, Houston, TX, October 2008.

Latino Writers: Up Close & Personal, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX, October 2007.


Local Literary Luminaries, Houston Community College, Houston, TX, October 2007.


Latino Book & Family Festival, George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, TX, September 2007.


Legacy of Hope Poetry Reading, Holocaust Museum of Houston, Houston, TX, February 2007.


Chicano-Latino Empowerment Through the Arts, UH Main/Clear Lake Campuses, April 2006.


“Through the Looking Glass: Using a Youth Lens to Highlight Equity and Justice in Diverse Latinx Lit,” National Conference for Teachers of English, George R. Brown Convention Center, November 2018.

“Spoken Word: How Student Voices Initiate Change,” National Conference for Teachers of English, George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, TX, November 2018.

“Writing Through Illness,” Texas Book Festival, Austin, TX, October 2018.

“Poetry Out Loud: Performing Verse,” Texas Book Festival, Austin, TX, October 2018.

“The Poetic Imagination,” Zee Jaipur Literature Festival, Asia Society Texas Center, Houston, TX, September 2018.

“El Canto in CantoMundo: The Role of Song, Oral Traditions, and Music in Latina/o Poetry,” Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Tampa, FL, March 2018.

“Houston Based Feminist Poetics,” National Women’s Conference, University of Houston, November 2017.

Literatura en el Bravo, Chihuahua, Mexico, March 2017.

“The Resuscitation of Childhood: A WITS Reading,” Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Washington D.C., February 2017.

“Black Lives Matter Across the Diaspora,” College Language Association, Houston, TX, October 2016.

“Escribo por lo tanto soy: Latin@ Poetics, Aesthetics, and Creative Writing,” NACCS Tejas Foco, Houston, TX, February 2016.

 “Poetry As Activism,” National Language Association, New Orleans, LA, September 2015.


Tintero Projects: A Reading & Workshop Series                January 2016-Present

Co-Founder, Program Coordinator & Podcast Host

Writers in the Schools (WITS)                         September 2007- May 2008 & Sept 2015- Present

Writer in Residence/Professional Development Facilitator

Nuestra Palabra -Latino Writers Having Their Say.                                 2005–Present

Volunteer, Workshop Facilitator, Radio Guest Host

Alley Theatre                                                                        August 2010- 2012

Resident Teaching Artist/Slam Poet


Sin Muros: Latinx Playwright’s Festival, Developmental Workshop Reading & Residency, “City Without Altar,” Stages Repertory Theatre, Houston, TX, February 2019.

CantoMundo Fellow, Columbia University, New York, New York, June 2017.

Kiskeya Libre Writing Residency, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, July 2017.

Macondo Writers Workshop, San Antonio, TX, July 2016.

VONA/Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation, Alumni, University of Miami, Miami, FL, June 2016.

Owl of Minerva- Afro Latina Writing Residency, Galveston, TX, October 2015.


Plátano Poetry Cafe                                                                January 2018-Present

Founder and Curator

A monthly online interview series that highlights the work of Afro-Latinx poets across the country in order to raise awareness of Afro-Latinx culture and identity.

Queen Mob’s Teahouse                                                        May 2018-Present

Senior Contributing Editor

Contribute and edit creative nonfiction essays and poems by marginalized writers to the international online literary magazine.

InkWell Podcast                                                        February 2018- Present

Podcast Co-Host

A collaboration between Inprint Houston and Tintero Projects that seeks to highlight and showcase the work of emerging and established writers of color from across the world.

Sin Muros: Latinx Playwright’s Festival                                        June 2017-Present

Community Engagement Coordinator & Tintero Project Liaison

An annual festival hosted by Stages Repertory Theatre that seeks to showcase the work of Texas based Latinx playwrights.

Women Who Submit- Houston Chapter                                        January 2017-Present

Co-host & Organizer

An organization that hosts submission parties and events to empower women and non-binary writers to submit to top tier journals and magazines in an effort to change the publication industry.


Cogzine Poetry Prize- “Run, Irelia, Run,” “Return to Water,” and “Bounty,” Cogzine                2018

Semi-Finalist- -Revelations- Rose Metal Press Creative Nonfiction Chapbook Prize                2016

Honorable Mention- El Corte-  Barry Lopez Creative Nonfiction Prize, CutThroat Journal        2016

Best Young Adult Latino Focused Book – Island of Dreams – Latino Book Awards                2015

Houston RAW Awards 6 – Best Performer of the Year                                                2015