EPCC brings readers together via Virtual Literary Fiesta

El Paso Community College (EPCC) will hold its 13th Annual Literary Fiesta on October 8th and 9th.

This year’s Literary Legacy Award winner is Lupe Mendez and Iris Lopez of the Mija will receive the Community Spirit Award. The Fiesta is streamed live, free and open to the public.

“The Literary Fiesta highlights books, writers, and readers with activities for people of all ages,” Janine Rudnick, EPCC Literary Fiesta Coordinator said. “This is a great event for parents to watch with their children because of the wide variety of activities.”

Originally from Galveston, TX, Lupe Mendez works to promote poetry events, advocates for literacy/literature and organizes creative writing workshops. 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 is a CantoMundo, Macondo, and an Emerging Poet Incubator Fellow.

He has been selected as the 2022 Texas Poet Laureate. “EPCC is proud to have Lupe as a featured speaker and Literary Legacy Award winner!” college officials shared.

Iris Lopez found her passion for empowering women working in a male-dominated field.  She then started her nonprofit Mija, Yes You Can! that aims at encouraging and reminding women of all ages that an equal world is possible.

The 13th Annual EPCC Literary Fiesta kicks off on October 8th at 4:00 p.m. with Memorias del Silencio, Iris Lopez of the Mija and Community Spirit Award Winner, ¡Ándale, Prieta!

Stories about the bond between a grandmother and granddaughter and the evening will end with student performances from the EPCC Speech, Debate and Performance Team.

On October 9th, a full day of events will begin at 10:00 a.m. Some of the events include Children’s Stories, Nancy Green / Creative Writing plus the Process of Creating an Audiobook, DeDe Camacho / Drag Queen Story Hour for Children, Jesus Cimi Alvarado / The Borderland through the Eyes of a Muralist, Donna Muñoz / Writing for Different Audiences:  An Author’s Experience, Isabel Quintero and Zeke Peña /Perspectives of Writing and Illustrating a Children’s Book, Gris Muñoz / Coatlicue Girl – Poems and Stories, Lupe Mendez / Literacy Legacy Award Winner and the Chrysalis 2021 Release.

All events will be free, streamed live and open to the public. For the registration form click here.

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