What I´ve done
I’ve travelled. I‘ve worked in various jobs. I’ve loved and had my heart broken. I’ve lost and won. But most importantly, I have written. Through the majority of my life there has always been a journal in my handbag which worked as a catchall. What has this done? Paid off.
I hold an MFA in Creative Writing from University of Texas at El Paso. I won Outstanding Graduate Thesis in Education and Humanities. I have had publications in various journals from Cream City Review to HUIZACHE. Through hard work and dedication to my craft I’ve come a long way in a short time, and I hope to go farther.
I found a program from high school earlier this year under a box of paper in the garage. I dusted it off and turned the dog-eared pages. It said, “Yasmin is a junior at EP where she enjoys writing and dancing. She plans to become a short story writer and poet.” I smiled. I had forgotten saying those words. A lot of time has passed since then. I’ve held many jobs, moved, moved again, but I’m glad I found my way back to this path paved with words. When I’m asked, “What did you want to be when you grew up?” I get to respond
“This. I wanted to be a writer.”
What I do
I write weekly on a blog titled, And Then. I am presently in the editing process of my first book, Por un Amor, of creative nonfiction narratives.
Currently, I am an Assistant Professor of English at El Paso Community College in Texas. In addition, I work to support the arts in the community by serving on the board of literary non-profit BorderSenses.