Theme: “Empowering Our Latinx/e Community in Literature. “
Ernesto Cisneros is the award-winning author of EFRÉN DIVIDED. He was born and raised in Santa Ana, California, where he still teaches. As an author, he believes in providing today’s youth with an honest depiction of characters with whom they can identify.
EFRÉN DIVIDED is an Indies Introduce/Next Pick, Amazon Top MG of 2020 So Far list, and is a ProjectLit Selection, and winner of the 2020 Poppy Award in MG, as well as the prestigious 2021 Pura Belpré Medal and an SCBWI Crystal Kite Award in 2021.
An OwnVoices debut middle grade novel about family, friendship, and tearing down the walls being built between all of us.
Efrén Nava’s Amá is his Superwoman—or Soperwoman, named after the delicious Mexican sopes his mother often prepares. Both Amá and Apá work hard all day to provide for the family, making sure Efrén and his younger siblings Max and Mía feel safe and loved. But Efrén worries about his parents; although he’s American-born, his parents are undocumented. His worst nightmare comes true one day when Amá doesn’t return from work and is deported across the border to Tijuana, México. Now more than ever, Efrén must channel his inner Soperboy to help take care of and try to reunite his family.
Ernesto’s new book “FALLING SHORT” is scheduled for release on March 15 th of 2022
Lead Curator: J.J.
Theme: The Edge of the Forest
Caroline Kane Aguiar has written short stories since the age of fifteen. In 2005 she published a story in the book, Angel Dogs, Divine Messengers of Love, and in 2006, she published a story in Angel Horses, Divine Messengers of Hope.
While living on a guest/horse ranch with her family in Baja California, Mexico where she still lives today, she went on to write two children’s books and a Young Adult Fantasy Fiction book called, At The Edge of the Forest.
Caroline taught school as a Second Language ESL teacher for 20 years. She owned her own school and is fluent in Spanish. She has two grown children and one granddaughter. She loves the outdoors, horseback riding, taking care of her granddaughter, reading, and writing. All of the above describes who Caroline is but writing is her passion and her joy.
Theme: Golden Thread
Lead Curator: Brenda Vaca
Session Description: Prepare for a line up of amazing local poets who will read at Chapter One Red Room the Line up of Poets includes Diosa X. , Karo Ska, Jessica Villegas, and Brenda Vaca who is the session curator of the event entitled Golden Thread.
Curator: Greta Boris & Megan Haskell
Theme: How Writers Create True to Life Characters
Session Details: Have you ever read a book where the characters seemed more like video game avatars than actual people? Or have you ever seen an actor do something so out of character in the final scene of a movie that it ruined the show?
In this fun and interactive workshop you’ll learn: One of the oldest methods of typing human personality. How to apply the 9 Enneagram personality types to fiction. How personality types alter the course of a story. Which personality types are most commonly used in which genres.