Jasminne Mendez

Cindy Seip

Jasminne Mendez, a Dominican American poet, playwright, author, and podcast host, is the author of two poetry/prose collections – Island of Dreams, and Night-Blooming Jasmin(n)e: Personal Essays and Poetry – and a poetry collection, Machete. She is also a contributor to Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed: 15 Voices from the Latinx Diaspora (Flatiron Books), edited by Saraciea J. Fennell. This anthology of bestselling authors and up-and-coming voices explores the different myths and stereotypes about the Latinx diaspora. Mendez, along with Elizabeth Acevedo, Cristina Arreola, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, and others, present texts that delve into everything from ghost stories and superheroes to memories in the kitchen, travel around the world, addiction, and identity. It is a celebration of a rich and diverse community. Booklist called it “Candid … Nuanced … Each theme is worthy of its own volume … The deeply personal approach of each contributor will connect with readers of all backgrounds …”