Yamile Saied Méndez's picture book Where Are You From?
was published by HarperCollins on June 4, 2019. In an interview for the Wild Things
blog, Méndez said, "I can’t pinpoint to any specific lectures or classes during VCFA to credit them in the creation of my picture book. I wrote it in between semesters, and I never turned it in to any advisors. However, I read it at my graduate reading, and the reception was so warm and enthusiastic, that after my graduation I submitted it to my agent who sent it out to editors. We had offers for it right away. Although the poem isn’t the direct product of one particular assignment, the collective influence of my reading and writing during the program definitely helped me write the poem that became my picture book."