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Arte Público Press Author Interview: Jasminne Méndez

In her new novel ‘Night-Blooming Jasmin(n)e’, a talented and ambitious young Afro-Latina is diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and must overcome numerous challenges

.Jasminne Méndez: Author of Night-Blooming Jasmin(n)e - Personal Essays And Poetry

Jasminne Méndez: Author of Night-Blooming Jasmin(n)e – Personal Essays And Poetry

After earning her Masters Degree in Education from the University of Houston, talented and ambitious young Afro-Latina Jasminne Méndez decides to pursue her dream of becoming a freelance actor/director/writer. 

She resigns from her secure but unfulfilling job as a Volunteer Coordinator at a non-profit agency and embarks on her new life in the gig economy

Noticing a disturbing and recurrent numbness problem with her fingers, she visits a physician and is (initially) diagnosed with Lupus and subsequently with Scleroderma, a painful and chronic autoimmune disease

Night-Blooming Jasmin(n)e - Personal Essays and Poetry by Jasminne Méndez
Night-Blooming Jasmin(n)e – Personal Essays and Poetry by Jasminne Méndez

In her new novel Night-Blooming Jasmin(n)eMs. Méndez takes readers on a challenging and often frustrating journey through the health system. Along the way, we meet her hardworking, devoted (and sometimes a bit  impatient) Dominican parents, her wonderfully patient and subtly persistent husband and her well meaning but sometimes pushy friends. Ms. Méndez introduces us to the fascinating and variably effective world of support groups.

After suffering a miscarriage and subsequent infertility, Ms. Méndez devotes considerable energy and  enthusiasm to helping her friends and relatives celebrate their growing families, becoming the go to “baby shower lady” for her companions and co-workers.  

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Houston Public Media’s Eric Ladau spoke with Jasminne Méndez.  

 

 

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NightClassics host and Station Tour Coordinator Eric Ladau graduated from Illinois State University in 1979 with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication. While in college, he worked at KFJM in Grand Forks North Dakota and WGLT in Bloomington, Illinois. He hosted jazz, classical, folk and blues music programs and even...

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