JASMINNE MÉNDEZ is a poet, educator, performer and award-winning author. She is a Macondo and Canto Mundo Fellow, as well as a Voices of Our Nations Arts (VONA) alumna. Her collection of essays and poetry, Night-Blooming Jasmin(n)e: Personal Essays and Poetry, was published by Arte Público Press on April 30, 2018. Her first multi-genre memoir, Island of Dreams, was awarded Best Young Adult Latino-Focused Book by the International Latino Book Awards in 2015.
She received her B.A. in English Literature and her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Houston. She is currently pursuing her MFA in creative writing from the Rainier Writer’s Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. Méndez has had poetry and memoir published both nationally and internationally. Recently, her personal essay, “El Corte,” received honorable mention in the Barry Lopez Creative Non-Fiction Prize in CutThroat, A Journal of the Arts and was published in their Best of CutThroat March 2016 edition. She has shared the stage as a performance poet with world-renowned authors Taylor Mali, Sandra Cisneros, Dagoberto Gilb and Amalia Ortiz.