Jason Mendez is a Puerto Rican non-fiction writer, interdisciplinary theater artist, and educator born and raised in Bronx, NY. His work uses a nostalgic approach to explore South Bronx culture, Puerto Rican identity, fatherhood, and the concept of home. Jason's work is also rooted in ancestral memory. His stories embody an ancestral fury--from the enslavement of Taino Indians in post-colonized Puerto Rico to the gentrification and displacement of Puerto Ricans in the South Bronx. As a writer and performer, Jason's aim is to create art for engagement rather than consumption. He wants audiences to experience, even for a moment, the sociocultural, political, and emotional dynamics of life in marginalized communities. However, he intentionally resists deficit and stereotypical representations of urban life and focus on the beauty and sacredness of home. Jason received his Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Curriculum, Culture & Change from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Jason resides in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife Dr. Dara Mendez and 3 children (Cairen 9, Adrah 6, Leilani 3).