Lupe Mendez is a 42 - year - old Mexican American writer, educator, and activist who is originally from Galveston, TX. Mendez has close to 20 years of experience as a performance poet- having opened up for such notable writers as Dagoberto Gilb , Esmeralda Santiago, and the late Raul Salinas. Lupe's work reflects his roots in Texas and the Mexican state of Jalisco. Mendez is the son of an undocumented Mexicano and a Southern Tejana and his work remarks on issues from the political to the emotional in a way that intends to connect with both the novice reader to the pro poetic writer. He is happily married to writer Jasminne Mendez and together they are raising their daughter.
Mr. Mendez works with Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say, Brazilian Arts Foundation and other organizations to promote poetry events, advocate for literacy/literature and organize creative writing workshops that are open to the public. He is the founder of Tintero Projects and works with emerging Latinx writers and other writers of color within the Texas Gulf Coast Region. In addition, Lupe co-hosts INKWELL - a collaborative podcast creation between Tintero Projects and Imprint, placing a monthly spotlight on Regional, National and International Latinx writers and other Writers of Color. Mendez is a CantoMundo Fellow, a Macondo Fellow and an Emerging Poet Incubator Fellow and his newest collection of poetry - WHY I AM LIKE TEQUILA is forthcoming from Willow Books.
Lupe is an internationally published writer, in book and online formats, including prose work in Latino Rebels , Houston Free Press , the Kenyon Review and Norton's - Sudden Fiction Latino: Short - Short Stories From The United States and Latin America , Flash (University of Chester, England) - the international forum for flash fiction, and poetry that appears in The Bayou Review (University of Houston - Downtown), Huizache , Luna Luna Magazine , Pilgrimage , the Texas Review, Bordersenses , HeART Journal Online , Glass Poetry Journal , Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Voluable and Gulf Coast Journal, among others.