In This Episode
We interview Yasmín Ramírez Author/Writer and an Assistant Professor of English, Creative Writing, and Chicanx Literature at El Paso Community College. Her new book ¡Ándale, Prieta!, by Lee and Low Books, is now available everywhere book are sold.
Our Special Guest - Yasmín Ramírez Author/Writer and an Assistant Professor
Yasmin Ramirez is a 2021 Martha’s Institute of Creative Writing Author Fellow as well as a 2020 recipient of the Woody and Gayle Hunt-Aspen Institute Fellowship Award. Her fiction/CNF works have appeared in Cream City Review and Huizache among others.
She is an Assistant Professor of English, Creative Writing, and Chicanx Literature at El Paso Community College. She stays active in the Borderplex arts community and serves on the advisory board of BorderSenses, a literary non-profit. Her memoir ¡Ándale, Prieta!, by Lee and Low Books, is now available.
A beautifully open coming-of-age memoir by a Mexican American woman that doubles as a love letter to the tough grandmother who raised her.
Prieta is a term of endearment. When I tell people who don’t speak Spanish what prieta means―dark or the dark one―their eyes pop open and a small gasp escapes. I see the offense they feel for me sprinkled on their faces like the freckles I will never have.
How do I tell them that when I heard Ita say Prieta, I felt the caress of her strong hands on the top of my head as she braided my hair?