Xelena Gonzalez

Xelena González is a storyteller, poet, and visiting author who centers self-love in her multi-disciplinary workshops for all ages. Her picture books include the recently-released WHERE WONDER GROWS and ALL AROUND US, winner of multiple accolades, including the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award and an American Indian Youth Literature Honor Award. Her third collaboration with friend and muralist Adriana M. Garcia will be released by Simon & Schuster in 2023. Xelena’s storytelling skills were honed as a public librarian in her hometown of Yanaguana/San Antonio and in Guangzhou, China, where she served as head librarian for an international school. Her writing for adults includes poetry, essays, fiction, and screenwriting. LOTERIA REMEDIOS is her independent publication featuring icons from her Mestiza culture and offering reflections, divinations, plant and animal medicine, and other tools for self-healing. A former librarian and enrolled member of the Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation, Xelena has become 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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