About Lupe Méndez
Originally from Galveston, TX, Lupe (Writer//Educator//Activist) works with Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say and the Brazilian Arts Foundation 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, with Houston as its hub.
Mendez has close to 20 years of experience as a performance poet - having opened up for such notable writers as Dagoberto Gilb, Oscar Casarez, Esmeralda Santiago and the late Raul Salinas. He has shared his poetry across the country in places like the Holocaust Museum Houston, the Jung Center, MECA (Houston,TX), the Mission Cultural Center For Latino Arts (San Francisco,CA), the National Hispanic Cultural Center (Albuquerque,NM) and the Mexican American Cultural Center (Austin,TX). Lupe has served as a keynote speaker/poetry performer at colleges and universities such as Sam Houston State University, the University of Houston, Lone Star College, the University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio Community College and Lee College in Baytown, TX. He has hosted writing workshop opportunities across the country, most recently as a teaching artist for the Poetry Foundation (Chicago, IL) as it hosts its Teacher Poetry Summits in MIami, FL and Chicago, IL.
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.
In 2012 Lupe was honored as one "Houston Press' Creative 100s" - a annual spotlight on the Houston Press blog site where 100 artists & arts supporters are featured throughout the year . Lupe, along with the rest of the Librotraficante organizers, was also awarded the 2012 Downs Intellectual Freedom Award for the defense of Mexican American Studies and literature across the Southwest United States. Lupe also served as Fiction and Poetry editor for the online literary journal - Drunken Boat - on the Librotraficante Portfolio for their 18th issue. As of 2014, Lupe was selected as a CantoMundo Fellow and continues to work on submissions, creating more writing workshop opportunities and continues to share his poetry with local high schools, colleges and community/arts centers.
Lupe's work reflects not only his roots in Texas and the Mexican state of Jalisco ( specifically, Atotonilco El Alto, San Jose del Valle, San Juan de los Lagos, Guadalajara, Los Cuates, La Pareja). Mr. Mendez is the son of an undocumented Mexicano and a Southern Tejana. Lupe's 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.
His newest collection of poetry - WHY I AM LIKE TEQUILA is forthcoming from Willow Books.
Meanwhile . . .
Happily married to Jasminne Mendez and working as an educator in Houston, TX., Lupe received his Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the ON-LINE MFA IN CREATIVE WRITING PROGRAM at the Univ. of Texas @ El Paso . Click on the bold words to get more info on the program. - Click on Jasminne's name to go to her site.