Lizz Huerta is a widely-admired Mexi-Rican short story writer and essayist, published in Lightspeed, The Cut, The Portland Review, The Rumpus, Miami Rail, and more. Her short story “The Wall” is included in the anthology A People’s Future of the United States. Huerta has also been a 2018 Bread Loaf Fellow, a five-time VONA Fellow, and the winner of the LUMINA fiction contest, selected by Roxane Gay, who called her writing “a menacing inescapable seduction.” She has appeared on CSPAN’s BookTV to discuss the erasure of Mexican American Studies in Arizona, and has taught creative writing to homeless youth through San Diego nonprofit So Say We All. The Lost Dreamer is Lizz Huerta’s debut novel.
Edge of Seventeen
- 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
- | Location of Session: Coates Chapel
- Young Adult (YA) Sessions
- Start of Signing: 4:00 pm
- | Signing Location: Festival Marketplace
About the Event
It’s hard out here for a teen! A YA fantasy inspired by ancient Mesoamerica, Romeo and Juliet meets Chinese folklore, and a teen with hip dysplasia auditions to become a mermaid. New York Times bestselling author Emily X.R. Pan (An Arrow to the Moon) joins fellow YA novelists Lizz Huerta (The Lost Dreamer) and Natalia Sylvester (Breathe and Count Back from Ten) to discuss how cultural expectations, family dynamics, and identity shape their character trajectories. Don’t miss these three empowering voices on one stage!
This session will be introduced by students from the Young Women’s Leadership Academy.
About the Author
Sheryl Stoeck is the librarian at O’Connor High School in Northside ISD. She is the planning committee chair for San Antonio’s LibraryPalooza, an annual Young Adult author festival for teens.