March 2022

Yamile Saied Mendez


Yamile Saied Méndez is a fútbol-obsessed Argentine-American. She lives in Utah with her Puerto Rican husband and their five kids, two adorable dogs and one majestic cat. An inaugural Walter Dean Myers Grant recipient, she’s also a graduate of Voices of Our Nations (VONA) and the Vermont College of Fine Arts M.F.A. Writing for Children’s and Young Adult program. She’s a PB, MG, and YA author. Saied Méndez is also a founding member of Las Musas, the first collective of women and nonbinary Latinx MG and YA authors. 


Scheduled events:
My Story, My Truth
Two very different young adult stories with a common theme: how does one navigate the path to one’s true self while living within the confines of a Latinx family’s traditional roles? Learn how these authors help reshape common stereotypes.

Nuestras Raíces Stage (Seats 1000)
Sun, Mar 7, 2021, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Nuestras Raices
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Panelists: Yamile Mendez, Aiden Thomas
Moderator: Toby Wehner
Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friends of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
University of Arizona - Facilities Management
William & Mary Ross Foundation

Key Sponsors

Early Childhood Learning is Essential
Marshall Foundation

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