Lupe Mendez

Bootleg Like Jazz presents Lupe Mendez – Tequila, Poetry and Readings from his award winning novel

Why I Am Like Tequila
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Q from Bootleg Like Jazz interviews Lupe Mendez Author of his award winning poetry collection “Why I Am Like Tequila”

Recent winner of the John A. Robertson Prize for 1st Book of Poetry 2020 Bootleg Like Jazz is excited to have Lupe Mendez on the show today. Lupe Mendez is the author of the poetry collection Why I Am Like Tequila (Willow Books, 2019). He earned an MFA in creative writing (poetry) from the University of Texas at El Paso and has literary work that has appeared in Hunger Mountain, Kenyon Review, Poetry Magazine and Gulf Coast. Recorded at Cuchara Restaurant on Fairview Street in Houston, TX.

Originally from Galveston, TX, Lupe (Writer//Educator//Activist) is the author WHY I AM LIKE TEQUILA (Willow Books, 2019) and works 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. Lupe co-hosts INKWELL – a collaborative podcast creation between Tintero Projects and Inprint, placing a monthly spotlight on Regional, National and International Latinx writers and other Writers of Color. Mendez has received fellowships from CantoMundo, Macondo and the Crescendo Literary/Poetry Foundation’s Emerging Poet Incubator. Mendez currently serves as the Literary Outreach Coordinator for Poets & Writers Inc. for Houston.

📸: Alex Q from Bold Media

🎼: Idyll Green

http://www.thepoetmendez.org
http://www.bootleglikejazz.com

Q and Lupe Mendez choppin' it up
From left to right: Q and Lupe Mendez at Cuchara Restaurant in Houston, TX
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