The EPCC professor receives her book ¡Ándale, Prieta! published and broadcast

There will be a launch party and event for the book on May 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the San Carlos Building, 501 Texas Avenue.

EL PASO, TX (KTSM) — Yasmín Ramírez, associate professor at El Paso Community College (EPCC), will launch his first ¡Ándale novel, Prieta!, here in El Paso on May 12 at the San Carlos Building.

Ramírez’s novel is a coming-of-age memoir that doubles as a love letter to the tough grandmother who raised her, according to the press release.

. Ramírez also teaches English and creative writing at the college, who believes in nurturing students not only in the classroom, but also encouraging and inspiring people to tell their own stories.

I tell students, ‘don’t underestimate your story. So many times, we all get a dose of self-doubt. It gets bigger and bigger because we keep feeding it. Stop feeding your critical voice. Our Borderplex stories are just as important, I would say more important, than the ones currently on the shelves because Latinx stories are underrepresented. There’s a future reader who feels like you, and they need to hear your voice.

Yasmin Ramirez, Associate Professor English/Creative Writing, EPCC

EPCC is proud to have many professors who are both accomplished academics but who also excel in their respective fields. EPCC professors, like Yasmín Ramírez, not only teach students, but are living examples of what students can aspire to achieve upon graduation.

Arturo Valdespino, Acting Dean of English, Communication and Performing Arts

After his grandmother passed away, Ramírez wrote about his family’s history to preserve their memories.

Every time Prieta fell from Ita’s lips, I learned to love my dark skin and to love myself. The book is a universal story of love, loss and coming of age, but the best part is that it presents an incredible place like no other; it’s two countries, two cultures, two languages, and it’s my home.

Yasmine Ramirez

Ramírez is also a 2020 recipient of the Woody and Gayle Hunt-Aspen Institute Fellowship Award as well as a 2018 Dickinson House Fellow. His creative fiction and non-fiction works have appeared in Cream City Review and Huizache, among others. She remains active in the literary community and sits on the board of directors of BorderSenses, a non-profit literary organization.

There will be a launch party and event for the book on May 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the San Carlos Building, 501 Texas Avenue. Learn more about the book and Professor Ramírez at: or

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