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Born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, Xavier Garza is a prolific author, artist, and storyteller whose work frequently focuses on his experiences growing up in the small border town of Rio Grande City. He graduated from the University of Texas-Pan American in 1994 with a BFA in Art and has exhibited his art and performed his stories in venues throughout the United States. He is the author of numerous books for kids, including Just One Itsy Bitsy Little Bite / Sólo una mordidita chiquitita, Vincent Ventura and the Mystery of the Chupacabras / Vincent Ventura y el misterio del chupacabras, The Donkey Lady Fights La Llorona and Other Stories / La señora Asno se enfrenta a la Llorona y otros cuentos, and Maximilian and the Lucha Libre Club. He lives with his family in San Antonio.
Samantha Mabry is the author of the acclaimed novels, A Fierce and Subtle Poison and All the Wind in the World, the latter of which was longlisted for the National Book Award in 2017. She and her family split their time between Mineral Wells and Dallas, where she teaches composition, creative writing, and Latinx Literature at a community college. Her latest YA novel, Tigers, Not Daughters, is set in San Antonio.
Tiffany Jewell is a Black biracial writer, parent, and Montessori educator who has been doing the work of dismantling white supremacy through education for twelve years. In addition to her job as a teacher, she has designed curricula, given workshops, and presented at conferences on her work addressing social inequity through the lenses of race, class, immigration, and gender. She is also the co-founder of #AntiRacistBookClub, an Instagram campaign that recommends anti-racist books. Her young adult book is titled This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work.