Xelena Gonzalez

Xelena González is a storyteller, screenwriter, poet, and author of ALL AROUND US, winner of multiple accolades, including the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award, an American Indian Youth Literature Honor Award, and an International Latino Book Award. Her storytelling skills were honed as a children’s librarian in San Antonio and in Guangzhou, China. As a visiting author, she has introduced her method of “tai chi storytelling” to more than 60 schools and libraries around the country. In 2021, Cinco Puntos Press will release WHERE WONDER GROWS, her sophomore collaboration with muralist Adriana Garcia. In 2022, Simon & Schuster will release her third picture book, tentatively titled REMEMBERING. With grant support from the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, Xelena recently developed work in both children’s literature and visionary fiction, inspired by the iconography of the Mexican Lotería card game. Her resultant book LOTERÍA REMEDIOS led to the creation of a television script centered on this theme and featuring a modern Mestiza protagonist. She showcased her screenplay THE CARD SINGER with support from the Luminaria Artist Foundation. A member of the Macondo Writers Workshop and the Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation, Xelena is a sought-after speaker on topics such as radical self love, creative early literacy strategies, inhabiting story through music and movement, and reclaiming indigenous identity in Latinx communities.

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