February Reading with Jeremy Eugene, Jasminne Mendez, and Josie Mitchell

By on February 15, 2017


Janice Joplin already RSVP’d to this event so COME ON and join us! Thursday, February 23rd at 8:30 p.m.

Jeremy Eugene is a poet, educator, and candidate for an M.A. in English degree at Texas Southern University. He is the winner of the 2016 TGS Last Chance Slam and the 2016 Houston VIP Grand Slam. He is of Trinidadian heritage, grew up in East Brunswick, New Jersey and is currently residing in Houston, Texas. As a youth poet, he was a member of the 2012 Meta-4 Houston slam team, which competed at the international competition, Brave New Voices. This year, his poetry team, which hosts monthly workshops and slams at the Brazilian Art Foundation, became semifinalists at the National Poetry Slam.

Jasminne Mendez is an award winning author, performance poet and educator. She received her B.A. in English Literature and her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Houston. Mendez has had poetry and memoir published both nationally and internationally and her first multi-genre memoir Island of Dreams published by Floricanto Press was awarded Best Young Adult Latino Focused Book by the International Latino Book Awards in 2015. Recently, her personal essay El Corte received honorable mention in the Barry Lopez Creative Non-Fiction Prize in CutThroat, A Journal of the Arts. She is the co-founder of Tintero Projects: A Reading & Writing Workshop Series, an organization that seeks to build and promote emerging and established Latinx writers in Houston. She is a 2016 VONA/Voices Alumni and a Macondo Fellow and she is an MFA candidate in the creative writing program at the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University.

Josie Mitchell is in her second year of her MFA at the University of Houston. As an undergraduate, she attended the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, where she received a BFA in Creative Writing. Before moving to Houston, she worked as a preschool teacher in Dalian, China, where her Chinese name translated to “Dumpling”. Josie is from San Diego, California, and is at work on a novel set there.

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