Award-winning author and Afro-Latin mom working to change the way Latin culture is represented in the literary world

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HOUSTON, TX (KTRK) — A young Afro-Latin mother who is a writer and poet makes a change in the representation of Latin culture in the literary world.

Jasmine Mendez is a Dominican-American poet, playwright, and award-winning author of several books for children and adults.

It was discovered by Arte Publico Press during a reading at the library. She has since published hybrid memoirs and a collection of poems.

She also wrote a children’s picture book called “Josefina y Sus Habichuelas”, a sweet tale about Dominican family, culture and traditions. The idea came to her when she was a young mother and teacher.

“As a teacher, I worked in bilingual classrooms and struggled to find adequate representation for the students I was teaching – who looked like them – to find characters and books that represent their lived experiences, and so I wanted to be part of the change in that,” she says.

Jasmin’s latest YA memoir, “Islands Apart: Becoming Dominican American,” came out this summer. She also has a poetry collection book called “City without Alter”. She definitely leads the way and opens doors for others.

Jasmin has several projects and other books coming out but for the moment she cannot announce them yet.

If you want to know more about her or her books, you can visit her website.

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