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The Latino Bookstore & Gift Shop is proud to continue its Texas Author Series Friday, June 3, 2022, at 6 pm, with free admission. The 2022 Texas Author Series is kicked off by Texas Poet Laureate Lupe Mendez who will present his collection. of poetry titled Why I Am Like Tequila. "I am thrilled to be a part of this literary movement in San Antonio!" Mendez said. He added, "The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center has always been a beacon of hope and art in a city as proud as San Antonio. From theater to poetry, I’ve had amazing experiences with that space, so of course, I am damn proud to be able to share my work at its new bookstore. Whenever we can get together to celebrate each other‘s work, this is what resistance can look like, especially in a state where partisan politics looks to control what people read and what people study. I will always be here, con un Libro en la Mano.," About Lupe Mendez: Originally from Galveston, TX, Lupe Mendez (Writer//Educator//Activist) is the author WHY I AM LIKE TEQUILA (Willow Books, 2019), winner of the 2019 John A. Robertson Award for Best First Book of Poetry from the Texas Institute of Letters. He is the founder of Tintero Projects which works with emerging Latinx writers and other writers of color within the Texas Gulf Coast Region, with Houston as its hub. Lupe earned his Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Texas @ El Paso. Mendez’s work can be seen in print and online formats including the Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast Journal, the Texas Review, the L.A. Review of Books, Split This Rock, Poetry Magazine and Poem-A-Day from the Academy of American Poets. Mendez is the 2022 Texas Poet Laureate. Follow Lupe on Twitter, at @thepoetmendez and on Instagram, at @ellupis The evening will be hosted by Tony Diaz, El Librotraficante, Literary Curator of the Latino Bookstore. He said, “The Latino Bookstore brings together so many legacies. Lupe Mendez is an alum of Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say, which I founded in Houston, Texas. He first read in public at our events. Now, he is recognized statewide. for his work. it is thrilling for the Latino Bookstore to unite all Texans to celebrate our culture and books.” Cristina Balli, Director of the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, which houses the Latino Bookstore, said, “This is the kind of event and the caliber of talent that we want to showcase all year long at the Latino Bookstore. We want the West Side, San Antonio, and all of Texas to experience the power of Latino Literature at their fingertips." The Latino Bookstore’s Texas Author Series takes place every First Friday. Subsequent authors will represent the entire state of Texas. Their work also touches on many other aspects of Latino culture, Mexican American History, and the other art fields that the GCAC specializes in. Additional programming includes community readings for local authors on Saturdays. The Mexican American Studies Series And more! Friday, June 3, 2022, 6 pm: Texas Poet Laureate Lupe Mendez with his collection Why I Am Like Tequila. Friday, July 1, 2022, 6 pm: California & Texas Unite for the Latina Tri-City Tour featuring Claudia Castro Luna author of Cipota Under the Moon & Ire’ne Lara Silva author of Hibiscus Tacos. Friday, August 5, 2022, 6 pm: Writer and activist, Tony Diaz, El Librotraficante presents his new book The Tip of the Pyramid: Cultivating Community Cultural Capital. Friday, September 2, 2022, 6 pm: Writer, poet, translator, and performer Jasminne Mendez presents her new book City Without Altar. The Latino Bookstore is open Tuesday through Saturday: 10 am to 6 pm. 1300 Guadalupe Part of the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. https://guadalupeculturalarts.org/