"Sessions of a Sandstorm takes its readers on a personal pilgrimage of struggle, awareness, and transformation. Through poignant poetic storytelling, Isaac Miebi Mendez sheds "golden flecks of light" on not only the multifaceted nature of domestic relationships but also one's community. Beyond that, his poems discuss the intricacies of masculine mental health, nationalism, migration, and navigating a pandemic. In a tumultuous, often divisive world, Sessions of a Sandstorm serves as both a safe haven and therapeutic modality for author and reader alike."
-Eva Xan, Best-Selling Poetry Book Editor & Author of Esoterra
"Isaac Mendez navigates the complexities of generational trauma and the weight of familial ties with unflinching honesty. With vivid imagery and piercing language, Mendez takes us on a journey through pain, loss, and ultimately, redemption. This chapbook is a testament to the power of words to heal and transform."
-GRACIANO ENWEREM (Sir Grrraciano), Multiple Award-winning Poet, Serial Author & Teacher
"...a visceral, visual, and culturally vivid exploration of the complexities of family dynamics, personal identity and the search for home and belonging. Through raw emotion exploring parental, personal, and political trauma, Mendez leads us on his journey of self-discovery, untangling threads of migrant heritage, mental health, the Lekki massacre, and the ever-present haunting of the Covid-19 pandemic. Beautiful, moving and inspiring, this is a stunning debut from a new voice which will move and inspire you."
-Mike Morris and Madeline Heneghan, Co-Directors, Writing on the Wall
"A wonderful, intelligent and compulsive collection."
-Irenosen Okojie, AKO Caine Prize winner for African Writing