Red Salmon Arts Presents
Voces Latinas en Tejas: Una Noche with Authors Jasminne Méndez & Natalia Sylvester
Authors of Night-Blooming Jasmin(n)e: Personal Essays and Poetry and Everyone Knows You Go Home
About the authors
Jasminne Méndez is a poet, educator and award winning author. Mendez has had poetry and essays published by or forthcoming in The Acentos Review , Crab Creek Review, Texas Review , La Galeria, Label Me Latino/a, Gulf Coast, Bird’s Thumb, The Rumpus, and COG Magazine . She is a Senior Contributing Editor at Queen Mob’s Teahouse and the author of two poetry/prose collections Island of Dreams (Floricanto Press, 2013) which won an International Latino Book Award, and Night-Blooming Jasmin(n)e: Personal Essays and Poetry(Arte Publico Press, 2018). She is a 2017 Canto Mundo Fellow and an MFA candidate in the creative writing program at the Rainier Writer’s Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University.
Born in Lima, Peru, Natalia Sylvester came to the US at age four and grew up in Florida and the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. She earned her BA in creative writing from the University of Miami, is a faculty member of the low-residency MFA program at Regis University, and works as a freelance writer in Austin. Her work has appeared in Bustle, Catapult, Electric Literature, Latina magazine, and the Austin American-Statesman. Natalia’s first novel, Chasing the Sun, was named the Best Debut Book of 2014 by Latinidad. Her latest novel, Everyone Knows You Go Home, won an International Latino Book Award and has been named a Best Book of 2018 by Real Simple magazine.
Red Salmon Arts (casa de Resistencia Books) is a Native American/Chican@/Latin@-based cultural arts organization with a history of working within indigenous communities of Austin since 1983.
Resistencia Bookstore, Casa de Red Salmon Arts, is a neighborhood center for aspiring writers, providing quality literature to Austin communities since 1983. Specializing in indigenous, Native American, Chican@-Mexican@, Latin@, African American, queer, feminist, and children’s bilingual literature.
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