Xelena González is a storyteller, essayist, screenwriter, poet, and author of All Around Us/Por Todo Nuestro Alrededor, 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 have been honed during her years as a children’s librarian in San Antonio and in Guangzhou, China. Last summer, Xelena was invited to join Sandra Cisneros’ Macondo Writers Workshop in the genre of creative nonfiction. Thanks to grant support from the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, she recently developed a body of work in both children’s literature and visionary fiction, inspired by the traditional images of the Mexican Lotería card game. This fall, Cinco Puntos Press will release Where Wonder Grows, her much-anticipated sophomore collaboration with celebrated muralist Adriana Garcia.
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