The word tintero is Spanish for inkwell, a old school container once used to house the ink for a pen.  The image was selected as a way to show that this project, this movement is about providing resources for the writer.  Welcome to Tintero Projects.

Founded by poet Lupe Méndez, Tintero Projects / Proyectos Tintero aims to promote writing & reading opportunities for emerging Latinx poets and writers in the Houston – Galveston/Gulf Coast Region.  Originally founded as just “Tintero Readings”, Méndez hopes to reestablish a nurturing aspect to the every growing Latino writing community, with Houston as its main hub.

Tintero Projects is the emerging writer’s arm of Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say, focusing on creating workshop and open mic opportunities in Spanish, English, Spanglish, Indigenous Languages and Portuguese and helping create a network of Latinx community based writers.

Tintero Projects aims to:

-Host poetry readings in collaboration with local venues and organizations across the city of Houston to showcase the work of national and international Latinx/Latin American writers.
– Host a bi-annual writing workshop series consisting of 4 sessions per month in the Fall and in the Spring.
– Collaborate with a local venue to provide a monthly open mic series.
– Create & maintain a consistent web presence to serve as a resource guide for Latinx poets, including a blog written by guest bloggers.



Lupe-MendezLupe is an internationally published poet, in book and online formats, including Norton’sSudden Fiction Latino: Short-Short Stories From The United States and Latin America, The Bayou Review (University of Houston-Downtown), Flash (University of Chester, England)- the international forum for flash fiction, Huizache, the magazine of Latino literature, Luna Luna Magazine, La Noria, Glassworks and Revista Síncope (D.F., México). Mendez holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Texas @ El Paso and works with Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say, The Brazilian Arts Foundation and is one of the Co-Founders of the Librotraficante Movement.

Screen Shot 2016-03-26 at 7.22.24 PMJasminne  Mendez is an award winning author, performance poet and educator. She received her B.A. in English Literature and her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Houston. Mendez has had poetry and memoir published both nationally and internationally and her first multi-genre memoir Island of Dreams was published by Floricanto Press was awarded Best Young Adult Latino Focused Book by the International Latino Book Awards in 2015. Recently, her personal essay El Corte received honorable mention in the Barry Lopez Creative Non-Fiction Prize in CutThroat, A Journal of the Arts and was published in their Best of CutThroat edition March 2016. She has shared the stage as a performance poet with world renowned authors Taylor Mali, Sandra Cisneros, Dagoberto Gilb, and Aamalia Ortiz. She is a 2016 VONA Alumni and a Macondo Fellow and she is an MFA candidate in the creative writing program at the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. 




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