San Antonio Debuts Take Over Pura Belpré - San Antonio Book Festival
May 21, 2022

San Antonio Debuts Take Over Pura Belpré

  • 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
  •    |   Location of Session: Coates Chapel
  • Adult Sessions
  • Start of Signing: 12:30 pm
  •    |   Signing Location: Festival Marketplace

About the Event

Pura Belpré Honor recipients Jonny Garza Villa and Marcia Mickelson tackle issues of identity, love in its many forms, and heartfelt relationships and their struggles. In Mickelson’s Where I Belong, a Guatemalan American teen fights for her family, her future, and the place she calls home. Garza Villa’s Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun is a poignant novel about coming out, first love, and being your best true self.

This session will be introduced by students from the Young Women’s Leadership Academy.

About the Authors

Jonny Garza Villa - The San Antonio Book Festival

Jonny Garza Villa

Jonny Garza Villa is a product of the Great State of Texas; a Sagittarius sun, Capricorn everything else; and an author of contemporary young adult literature inspired by their own Tejane & Chicane and queer identities. Their work includes Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun, a Pura Belpré Honor Book and Finalist for the Texas Institute of Letters’ Jean Flynn Award for Best Young Adult Book, and the upcoming Ander and Santi Were Here. Learn more about Jonny and their writing at

Marcia Mickelson - The San Antonio Book Festival

Marcia Mickelson

Marcia (Mar-sha) Argueta Mickelson was born in Guatemala to Corina and Jose Argueta. When Marcia was an infant, her family immigrated to the United States. She attended high school in New Jersey and then graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in American Studies. She is the author of YA novels, The Huaca and Where I Belong, along with three women’s novels. She is also an elementary school teacher, currently teaching and loving fourth grade. She lives in Texas with her husband, three sons, and two dogs.


Marcia Mickelson - The San Antonio Book Festival

Anel Flores

Anel I. Flores’ craft manifests as graphic memoir, poetry, fiction, silver, and paintings, as a continuation and evolution of the conversations started by the Xicana/e/x movement in art and literature, now infused by latina/e/x, transfeminism, intersectionality, queer politics and resistencia. Her work combines, oscillates between, and blurs these different disciplines in an ultimate goal to provide ancestral healing, present day joy, and a re-centering of Womyn of Color, Latina/e/x, BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ Womyn, Femmes and Gender Non-Binary folx. She is founder and director of La Otra Taller Nepantla Residency, 2022 Visiting Writer at OLLU and earned her MFA in Creative Writing. Her awards include the Catalyst for Change Award, Best Local Poet, Women’s Advocate of the Year, the Nebrija Creadores Award, Best Of SA Author, Chingona in Literature Award, Ancinas Award at Squaw Valley, NALAC Fund for the Arts Award, Accion Women Inspiring Women & others. She is the co-editor of the forthcoming Jota Anthology and author of the Lambda award nominated book Empanada: A Lesbiana Story en Probaditas. Her novel Cortinas de Lluvia is visiting with editors at the moment and she is currently at work on her graphic memoir, Pintada de Rojo.

Photo credit: Christy Anna Photography

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