EPCC English Professor Releases Book
Yasmín Ramírez, an Associate Professor at El Paso Community College (EPCC), debut book ¡Ándale, Prieta!, has just been released.
The book is a coming-of-age memoir by a Mexican American woman that doubles as a love letter to the tough grandmother who raised her. Ramírez, who teaches English and Creative Writing at the college guides students in the classroom as well as is an inspiration to aspiring writers.
Faculty at EPCC are committed to enhancing learning opportunities for students, fostering diversity and strengthening the academic community by being leaders in their areas of expertise. “EPCC is proud to have many faculty who are both accomplished academics but are also excelling in their respective fields,” Arturo Valdespino, Interim Dean of English, Communication and Performing Arts at the Valle Verde Campus said. “EPCC professors, like Yasmín Ramírez, not only teach students but are living examples of what students can aspire to achieve once they finish their degrees.”
Ramírez brings an important perspective and proudly serves as a role model for her students. She strives to be a positive influence and shows students the value of their experiences. “I tell students, ‘don’t undervalue your story. So many times, we all get a dose of self-doubt. It gets bigger and bigger because we continue to feed it. Stop feeding your critical voice’,” Ramírez said. “Our Borderplex stories are just as important, I would argue more important, than ones currently sitting on shelves because Latinx stories are underrepresented. There is a future reader who feels just like you, and they need to hear your voice.”
After the passing of her grandmother, Ramírez wrote about her family’s history to hold on to their memories. “Each time Prieta fell from Ita’s lips, I learned to love my dark skin and love myself,” Ramírez said. “The book is a universal story of love, loss and coming-of-age, but the best part is, it features an amazing place like there is no other; is two countries, two cultures, two languages, and is place I call home.”
Ramírez is also a 2020 recipient of the Woody and Gayle Hunt-Aspen Institute Fellowship Award as well as a 2018 Dickinson House Fellow. Her fiction and creative nonfiction works have appeared in Cream City Review and Huizacheamong others. She stays active in the literary community and serves on the board of, BorderSenses, a literary non-profit.
There will be a release party and event for the book May 12th at 7:30 p.m. at the San Carlos Building, 501 Texas Avenue. Learn more about the book and Professor Ramírez at: yasminramirez.com or https://www.leeandlow.com/
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