This is a panel of Latina lesbian writers who will read from their work and discuss their paths to publishing and how they traverse the literary and publishing fields with Nivea Castro, Gabby Rivera, Meriam Rodríguez, moderated by Alicia Anabel Santos of the New York Latina Writers Group who will also read a statement by Mariana Romo-Carmona.
Nivea Castro, J.D., is the curator of Sinister Wisdom: Out Latina Lesbians, published July 2015. A Nuyorican lesbiana activist, Nívea is also a writer, photographer, social justice attorney, martial artist, and educator. A Marge Percy Poetry Workshop participant and a VONA alum, her poems and writings have been published in numerous journals and anthologies, most recently in Word, a Cave Canem chapbook, And Then, Kalyani, Best of Panic, and Stand our Ground. She has appeared and been featured in various venues, including NYC and Brooklyn Lit Crawl, Listen to Your Mother, a national series of live readings by local writers, Crack the Mic, Camaradas, Soul Sister Revue, BAAD!ASS Women Festival, La Pluma y Tinta, New Voices Reading Series, Canvas of Words, and Michfest. She is a member of the New York City Latinas Writers Group. Nívea lives in the Bronx and is completing a poetry manuscript and an essay/photo chapbook on her recent travels to Cuba. She is working on her upcoming book, Coquito Man. You may read her work and view her photography at NiveaCastro.com.
Gabby Rivera, is a writer, youth mentor, and editor of QTPOC content for AutoStraddle.com. Her first novel, Juliet Takes a Breath was published by Riverdale Avenue Books in January 2016. Her short stories and poems have been published in various anthologies and journals such as Aster(ix), and the the Lambda-Award-winning Portland Queer: Tales from the Rose City, OMG I’m Gay, a ‘zine for queer youth, and The Best of Panic! En Vivo from the East Village. Gabby is the Youth Programs Manager at GLSEN. She has worked as a film and multi-media teaching artist for social justice organizations, such as DreamYard Project, Inc. She’s been a featured panelist and counselor at the annual Autostraddle’s Queer Women’s Conference and has presented at the Allied Media and Digital Media and Learning Conferences.
Born in New York City, Meriam Rodriguez is an activist, writer, poet, performer, humanitarian and self-proclaimed revolutionary. Rodriguez is the author of the independently published book Adelina’s Perfect Girl; a rare story of young, raw, gut-wrenching, blinding love. This coming-of-age novel takes place on the gritty streets of New York City at the dawn of the 21st century. She is working on edits for When She Was My King, the follow-up to her début novel, and on the blueprint for her third work titled, Chocolate Saved My Life. Rodriguez has performed at State and City Colleges throughout the country with Latino Flavored Productions in the plays Jose Can Speak and Pink: The Chronicles of BC Jenny. She was a co-writer, co-producer and one of five performers in the highly successful production of Soledad Speaks,
Alicia Anabel Santos is a proud New York born Dominican Writer who is passionate about creating works that empower and inspire writers to find their voices. A self-identified Latina Lesbian Writer, Performance Artist, Producer, Playwright, Activist, and Writing Coach who after reading one too many stories about women she could not wholly relate to, decided to write her own tales. She recently published her memoir, Finding Your Force: A Journey to Love,which was listed The Advocate August 2012 article “21 LGBT Biographies or Memoirs You Should Read Now.” She is currently completing a historical fiction novel and is the Founder of the New York City Latina Writers Group. She has also worked at magazines, in film and theater. She studied Creative Writing at NYU.
The 8th Annual New York Rainbow Book Fair, taking place Saturday, April 9, 2016 at John Jay College, NYC.
All panels will take place in room 1.82