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Andrés y Christina son el dúo colombiano detrás de 123 Andrés, grupo ganador de un Grammy Latino. Su música contagiosa refleja la riqueza y diversidad de Latinoamérica. Y sus conciertos bilingües, presentes en varias ciudades de Estados Unidos, hacen que toda la familia se ponga a bailar mientras aprenden español y/o inglés.

Andrés and Christina are the Latin Grammy-winning music duo 123 Andrés. Their award-winning music and lively concerts get the whole family dancing and learning, in Spanish and English. 123 Andrés tours nationally with concerts for kids of all ages and their families.



123 Andres (Musician), performer.

Salguero, Andres, performer.


Escritor mexicano. Mexicanísimo. Lo primero que hizo al nacer fue dar el grito. Luego creció y, como no servía para los deportes, tuvo que ponerse a estudiar. Estudió algo de Historia, algo de Letras y algo más que ya no recuerda. Ahora escribe cuentos para niños y, por increíble que parezca, hasta se ha ganado uno que otro premio. ¿Quieres conocer sus libros? Visita: alonsonunezescritor.com



For 25 years, in 13 countries, in 45 states, for over 3 million people: Antonio Sacre tells stories. His tales of growing up bilingually in a Cuban and Irish-American household have inspired children worldwide to gather their own family stories and become storytellers themselves. His stories have been published in award-winning books and audio recordings. His Professional Developments and Keynote addresses have helped educators teach writing to students from pre-Kindergarten through graduate school. Now his stories are being developed for film and television. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, two children, and two cats. Yes, he's a cat guy.



Celia C. Pérez, hija de madre mexicana y padre cubano, debutó como escritora con la novela juvenil The First Rule of Punk, cuya edición en español se presenta por primera vez en Los Ángeles. La obra ha recibido el Pura Belpré 2018, el Boston Globe-Horn Book Award 2018, el Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award. También fue seleccionada por el Junior Library Guild como uno de los mejores libros del año.

Vive en Chicago con su familia aunque echa de menos Miami, su ciudad natal, donde los gallos y los pavos reales realmente deambulan por las calles. Además de escribir sobre adorables “outsiders”, trabaja como bibliotecaria. Su segunda novela para jóvenes, Strange Birds, acaba de ser publicada por Kokila, un sello de Penguin Random House.

Celia C. Pérez is the daughter of a Mexican mother and a Cuban father. Her debut book for young readers, The First Rule of Punk, was a 2018 Pura Belpré Award Honor Book, a 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards honor book, a winner of the 2018 Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award, a Junior Library Guild selection, and was included in several best of the year lists.

She lives in Chicago with her family where, in addition to writing books about lovable weirdos and outsiders, she works as a librarian. She is originally from Miami, Florida, where roosters and peacocks really do wander the streets. Her second book for young readers, Strange Birds, has been recently released by Kokila, an imprint of Penguin Random House.



Throw together fresh ingredients, add a ton of tenacity and top it off with a deep passion for authentic Mexican cuisine, and you’ve got the recipe that chefs Jaime and Ramiro use to satisfy food lovers across the globe. Jaime and Ramiro are "the Kings of Authentic Mexican Cuisine" (Bobby Flay).

Jaime and Ramiro grew up in the Mexican state of Jalisco, where they were surrounded by rich aromas, authentic dishes and treasured family recipes. Today, they share their culinary knowledge on several national and international cooking shows and at their award-winning restaurant, La Casita Mexicana in Bell, California.

One of the keys to their success is a focus on authenticity. Some recipes come from old family traditions. Others are based on their careful observance of regional Mexican gastronomy.

Their cooking has captured the attention of food connoisseurs in the United States, including critics at AOL and the Los Angeles Times, such as Jonathan Gold and Barbara Hansen, and L.A. Weekly's Bill Esparza (Best Mexican Restaurants in Los Angeles). They figured among Travel Magazine's "Top 10 Mexican Restaurants in the U.S." as well as the Food Network's "Top 5 Mexican Restaurants in the U.S. 2015." Other critics have called their cooking “the best traditional Mexican cuisine in California and the USA.”

Their success earned them a James Beard Award nomination (known as “The Oscars of Chefs Jaime Martín Del Campo & Ramiro Arvizu 71 Food”), the highest accolade for chefs.

Best of all, Jaime and Ramiro share their creations not only on the dinner plate, but also in the home, as both are regular hosts and guests on several TV cooking shows, including the Food Network’s “Throwdown with Bobby Flay,” Jamie Oliver’s “The Naked Chef,” NBC’s “Today Show,” Univision’s “Primera Edición” and “Despierta América." They also participated in "Cutthroat Kitchen" with Alton Brown as judges (Food Network) and Telemundo’s “Top Chef” as judges of the competition, among others.

The chefs have participated in projects like “Healthy for Life,” a program designed by the health network of St. Joseph’s hospitals, ConAgra’s cooking demos in a chain of Superstores, Featured Chefs’ presentation at the OC Fair, Chase Sapphire national advertising campaign, cooking demos for Target, and La Opinión’s collections of Recipe Magazines.

All this activity earned them the listing on CNN’s “Top 100 Most Influential Latinos in the USA” when it comes to gastronomy. Jaime and Ramiro also have collaborated on various cookbooks, including “Riqueza Mexicana: Recetario de Auténtica Comida Mexicana.”



El artista multifacético Honorio Robledo nació en Tenancingo, México, y creció en Veracruz y Chiapas. Su trabajo musical, literario y artístico bebe de la riqueza de la tradición oral y folclórica del estado de Veracruz. Robledo ha publicado más de 15 títulos para niños en México y en Estados Unidos, y ganó el Independent Publisher Book Award (2002 IPPY Award) por las ilustraciones en El Cucuy. Bemberecua, El niño y la Muerte, El Gran Zacamandú son algunos de sus libros para niños y adultos.

Artist Honorio Robledo was born in Tenancingo, Mexico and grew up in Veracruz and Chiapas. A multifaceted talent, his work is manifested in joyful outbursts of painting, literature, and music, primarily rooted in the richly folkloric, oral tradition of the Mexican state of Veracruz. Robledo has published more than fifteen children’s books in his native Mexico as well as in the United States, winning the 2002 Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY Award) for his illustrations in the book El Cucuy. Bemberecua, El niño y la Muerte, and El Gran Zacamandú are some of his books for children and adults.


Robledo, Honorio



Isabel Quintero es escritora e hija de inmigrantes mexicanos. Vive en Inland Empire en el sur de California. Su primera novela Gabi, a Girl in Pieces es una exploración honesta y contemporánea de lo que significa ser latina, recibió varios premios: el William C. Morris, California Book Award Gold Medal y el Boston Globe Horn Book. Quintero también escribe poesía y ensayos. Mi papi tiene una moto es su primer álbum ilustrado para niños.

Isabel Quintero is a writer and the daughter of Mexican immigrants. She lives and writes in the Inland Empire of Southern California. Her first novel Gabi, a Girl in pieces, is an honest exploration of contemporary Latina identity. The book has received several awards, including the William C. Morris Award for Debut YA, the California Book Award Gold Medal, and Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. Isabel also writes poetry and essays. My Papi Has a Motorcycle is her first picture book for children.


Quintero, Isabel

Un homenaje al amor entre un padre y su hija, y a un dinámico barrio de inmigrantes. Cuando Daisy Ramona recorre su barrio en motocicleta con su papi, ve a la gente y los lugares que siempre ha conocido. También ve a una comunidad que está cambiando rápidamente a su alrededor. Con brillantes ilustraciones y un texto lleno de sentimiento, Mi papi tiene una moto es un mensaje lleno de amor de una niña a su padre, esforzado trabajador, y a los recuerdos que todos guardamos de nuestro hogar a pesar de los cambios o la distancia.




Quintero, Isabel

Isabel Quintero's graphic novel biography of Graciela Iturbide will appeal to all ages. Quintero interviewed the 76-year-old photographer whose pioneering work in photographing indigenous cultures is as remarkable as her own life. 



James Luna


James Luna

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I am the author of The Runaway Piggy/El Cochinito Fugitivo, A Mummy in Her Backpack/Una momia en su mochila, and The Place Where You Live/El lugar donde vives, all published by Piñata Books, Arte Público Press. My fourth book published by Arte Público, Growing Up on the Playground is his newest book. Piggy was awarded the 2012 Tejas Star Award as chosen by the students of the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.



Javier Hernandez's comic book character El Muerto was adapted as a film in 2007. He teaches comics through workshops and lectures. In 2011 he co-founded The Latino Comics Expo, the nation's premiere convention showcasing Latino comic creators.



Jennifer Torres is the author of The Fresh New Face of Griselda; Stef Soto, Taco Queen; and other books for young readers. She's a former journalist and lives with her family in Southern California.



Juan Manuel Ildefonso's artwork explores the syntheses of cultures as part of a larger dialogue about identity and belonging. As the first-born son of immigrant parents from Oaxaca, México, he is interested in exploring his Zapotec and Mexican heritage as it intersects with his upbringing in a South Central neighborhood of Los Angeles during the 1980s.



José Lozano was born in Los Angeles and spent most of his early childhood in Juárez, México. He received an MFA from CSUF and has exhibited his artwork extensively in Los Angeles and around the US. He has published two children’s books: Once Around The Block, and Little Chanclas. His work can also be seen at the Metro La Brea/Exposition station.



Jose Ramirez is an artist and educator. He is currently teaching 3rd grade at Esperanza Elementary in the Pico Union neighborhood of Los Angeles. He has illustrated several children’s books including the award winning book, When Angels Sing: The Story of Rock Legend Carlos Santana, published by Simon and Shuster, and Quinitos Neighborhood, originally published by Children’s Book Press. He looks forward to writing and illustrating more children’s books in the future.



Julio Serrano es uno de los más destacados escritores guatemaltecos de su generación. Además de poeta, director de documentales y artista visual. Su trabajo se centra en mantener viva la tradición oral guatemalteca a través de la recopilación y posterior publicación de cuentos tradicionales mayas como la colección de libros para niños que presentará en el festival: Desde el tiempo de los abuelos, Desde los orígenes, Desde las aguas, publicados por la editorial Amanuense

One of the most outstanding Guatemalan writers, Serrano is a poet, documentary filmmaker, and visual artist. His work focuses on keeping the Guatemalan oral storytelling tradition alive through the collection and subsequent publication of traditional Mayan tales such as the children's book collection that he will present at the festival: Desde el tiempo de los abuelos, Desde los orígenes, Desde las aguas is a collection of traditional Mayan oral stories published by Amanuense.



Cuban-American Laura Lacámara is the award-winning author and illustrator of Dalia’s Wondrous Hair (Piñata Books), a bilingual picture book about a clever girl who transforms her unruly hair into a vibrant garden. Laura also wrote Floating on Mama’s Song (HarperCollins) and illustrated several books, including Mamá the Alien (Lee & Low Books), a light-hearted, timely tale about an immigrant family. Laura is a popular presenter at schools, libraries, book festivals, and conferences.



Leo Espinosa


Leo Espinosa

Los Angeles Public Library thanks Leo Espinosa for creating the beautiful artwork for the Los Angeles Libros Festival. ¡Gracias!

Leo Espinosa es un reconocido y multipremiado ilustrador y diseñador de Bogotá, Colombia. Su trabajo ha aparecido en publicaciones como The New Yorker, Wired, Esquire, The New York Times, entre otras; también en productos comerciales, series animadas y galerías en todo el mundo. Las ilustraciones de Espinosa han sido reconocidas por American Illustration, Communication Arts, Pictoplasma, 3x3, y han recibido medallas de oro y plata por parte The Society of Illustrators. Recientemente, el libro Islandborn (escrito por Junot Díaz e ilustrado por Espinosa) recibió el premio a la Ilustración Pura Belpré 2019. En su faceta como docente ha trabajado para la Escuela de Diseño de Rhode Island y ha dado múltiples conferencias y talleres en instituciones como Parsons School of Design, el Pratt Institute y el Museo Leonardo de Ciencia y Arte.

Leo Espinosa is an award-winning Illustrator and Designer from Bogotá, Colombia, whose work has been featured in a variety of publications, products, animated series and gallery shows worldwide. Leo's illustrations have been recognized by American Illustration, Communication Arts, Pictoplasma, 3x3 and awarded with Gold and Silver Medals from The Society of Illustrators. Most recently, the book Islandborn (by Junot Diaz, illustrated by Leo Espinosa) was named Pura Belpré Honor Book for Illustration 2019. He has served as a faculty member at Rhode Island School of Design and has given multiple lectures and workshops at schools and institutions such as Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute and The Leonardo Museum of Science and Art.



Díaz, Junot

Recomendado por el personal de la biblioteca y preferido por nuestros lectores.

Preciosa historia que le llega al corazón a los inmigrantes e isleños, especialmente si son del Caribe. Lola sabe que viene de una isla, pero como se mudó a los Estados Unidos cuando estaba muy pequeña, no recuerda nada sobre su país. La curiosa niña decide pedir ayuda a su familia y a sus vecinos quienes le ayudan a crear nuevas memorias sobre esa isla querida. Este cuento, ilustrado de manera alegre y colorida, es perfecto para leerlo en familia.




Maritere R. Bellas is an award-winning Latina book author, parenting topic expert, speaker, podcast host, features writer and social media influencer. Bilingual and bicultural, she is the author of two books for parents, Raising Bilingual Children and Arroz con Pollo and Apple Pie: Raising Bicultural Children. Luisito's Island/La Isla de Luisito is her first bilingual children's book. Her second bilingual children's book, Español No, Mami/No Spanish Mommy will be released in 2020.



Multiple-Emmy and AP Award-winning Journalist Naibe Reynoso, has since been working both in front of and behind the camera for more than 20 years.

Her bilingual background includes investigative reporting, hosting, entertainment reporting, radio, and TV production.

She has been a board member of the prestigious Peabody Awards since 2015. In 2015 she received the BIBO Award for "Outstanding work in Media."

She has worked and contributed to networks including KTLA, Univision Network, Reelz Channel, CNN en Español, the Biography Channel, Fox News Latino, ORA TV, KCBS, France 24 and has even filled in as a co-host on "The View".

Her experience includes hosting a National Spanish Morning show on Azteca America called "El Coffee Break" as well as an English language talk show on KCAL/KCBS "Hola LA.

She Hosted and Produced News and Entertainment stories for Newsbreaker and Newsbreaker en Español on Larry King's online network, ORA TV.

Currently she co-hosts the talk show "The TRENDTalk," a one-hour variety show she co-created, co-Executive Produces. She also recently published her first bilingual children's book, "Be Bold, Be Brave:11 Latinas who made U.S. History"

Mrs. Reynoso lives in her native Los Angeles with her husband, her daughter and son.



Norma Torres es una reconocida actriz, narradora oral y productora. Su pasión por contar historias comenzó a una edad temprana con los cuentos de hadas de los hermanos Grimm y las obras dramáticas escritas por Oscar Wilde. Norma ha actuado en Sudamérica, España, Estados Unidos, Corea, entre otros lugares. También ha trabajado en producciones televisivas, como educadora y facilitadora de talleres de narración de cuentos y como directora de escena para producciones teatrales y guionista. Norma ha recibido becas de varias instituciones importantes como el Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, Fundación BBVA Bancomer, Fondo Especial para la Cultura y las Artes del Estado de México e Instituto Mexicano de la Juventud.

Norma is a renowned Mexican actor, oral narrator, and producer. She is known internationally for producing interdisciplinary storytelling performances that captivate the imagination of any audience. Her passion for classic children’s stories and fables began at an early age with Brothers Grimm fairy tales and dramatic works written by Oscar Wilde. Norma has performed throughout South American, Spain, the United States, Korea, and beyond. In addition to being an oral narrator, she has also worked in television productions, as an educator and facilitator for storytelling workshops, as a stage director for theater productions, and screenwriter. Norma has received scholarships by several prominent institutions, including Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, Fundación BBVA Bancomer, Fondo Especial para la Cultura y las Artes del Estado de México, and Instituto Mexicano de la Juventud.



Argelia Atilano

Argelia Atilano is the leading female voice of El Show de Omar y Argelia for KLVE 107.5 FM in Los Angeles. She embodies a solidified career of industry achievements in both radio and television.

A Chicago native with a double major degree in Journalism and Spanish Language Literature from Loyola Marymount University, Argelia began her career as an intern at CBS-TV Channel 2. After only a few years she began her exposure to radio, coordinating promotional events for KRLA and KLSX. It was in Los Angeles, at Spanish TV Station KVEA 52 where she received her first big break as host of Generación X.

Soon after in 2003, Argelia joined Univision Television Network. Since then Argelia has been involved in National shows like: Premios Juventud, The Latin Grammys, Ver Para Creer and for more than 10 years, as host of the entertainment segment for the leading newscast Primer Impacto. Recently, she was a contestant on the third season of Mira Quien Baila, Univision production that combines dance with the most intense celebrities within the Hispanic television.

All this happened as Argelia managed to be up every morning at 3 AM to co-host the morning show for the leading Spanish radio station in Los Angeles, KLVE 107.5 FM.

Argelia has been recognized for her work with 5 Golden Mike Awards, the keys to the city of Huntington Park, the State Senator of California Gil Cedillo Award and nominations for industry pinnacles, Emmy Awards and Marconi Radio Awards. Argelia is actively involved with charities like Hispanic Scholarship Fund, St. Jude’s Research Center, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, The American Red Cross, Padres Contra El Cancer and The Blind Childrens Center. Always putting her community first, one of her most esteemed projects is at her alma mater, Garfield High School in East Los Angeles. Here she is involved in the Escalante Scholarship Fund where she actively motivates students that are on the verge of dropping out, instilling in them a determination to pursue a higher education amidst their many obstacles. Recently, she created “The Argelia Atilano Scholarship Fund” which provides scholarships to deserving female graduates from Garfield High School and that have been accepted to Loyola Marymount University.

Today Argelia Atilano is a well-established TV and radio personality, and a household name within her audience. Atilano successfully balances a work schedule, that would surely intimidate most, and a fulfilling personal life with husband and radio co-host Omar Velasco. Together they take on their biggest role yet, as proud parents of their two daughters, Camila and Anabella.

Argelia is the refreshing, credible and sincere voice for brands like AT&T, Chevron, Olay, Pampers, Dannon, McDonald’s HACER scholarship program and the state campaign, “California’s First 5”. Univision Television and Univision Radio, KLVE 107.5 FM, are incredibly proud to call Argelia Atilano, family!

Omar Velasco

With an incomparable talent and infectious personality Omar Velasco is Los Angeles’ leading morning voice. He co-hosts KLVE’s morning show with Argelia Atilano, and together they entertain their listeners with hot topics, and the best musical hits.

Omar is a native of Jalisco, Mexico, moving to Los Angeles in 1988 to realize a communications career. He had initially began to pursue a degree in Computer Sciences, but life had a bigger plan for him, and he later recognized his place in the communications field, a vocation that he inherits from his father and other family members.

He studied broadcasting at California State University, Northridge. However his effortless involvement and relentless dedication took him to his career faster than he had planned. While in school, in 1994 he got his radio break reporting news and traffic. With patience and dedication he soon reached his first DJ opportunity with Univision Radio in 1999. Here he began to develop skills with voice-overs, programming and scheduling. By 2001 he was doing drive time for VIVA 107.1FM. His energy and connection with listeners took him to the top. In 2003 he returned to Univision Radio, and took over one of the hottest time slots, the morning show.

Omar describes himself as a shy and timid personality off the microphone. He enjoys movies, dinner and hanging out with his family. He also enjoys different sports, like bowling, golf, and recently trained and ran the LA marathon. This experience he describes as “horribly amazing,” Not one to conform, he keeps himself active and lives spontaneously to remain as dynamic as possible. He lives life day by day, focusing on the present, and applying 100% of himself into what he’s working on. “KLVE’s morning show is my dream, and I’m living it, and I’m enjoying it!” he says. His show is one that entertains listeners.

Omar makes it his goal to prepare his listeners for their everyday lives, “no matter where they are headed to, I want them to get there feeling better.”

Omar has volunteered his talent and time to aid organizations like the Blind Children's Center, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and PADRES Contra el Cáncer. He soon hopes to work in his community and help young kids focus and finish High School, and College.

In 2006 Omar received the “Impact Award” from the Los Angeles City Council for his leadership in the Latino community. Also, Omar has been nominated for the Marconi Award as “Spanish Personality of the Year” in 2008, 2009, and 2011. Radio Notas awarded Omar in 2009 and 2013 as “Personality of the Year”.



Patty Rodriguez

Patty Rodriguez is a nationally recognized multi-faceted individual and one of this country’s most influential Latino-Americans.

An entrepreneur, radio personality and producer for iHeartMedia’s On Air With Ryan Seacrest, community advocate, bestselling book author, and creator and co-founder children's book publisher Lil Libros.

Patty has dedicated a significant part of her life in giving back to her community. Born in East LA to Mexican immigrant parents and raised in Lynwood, CA – she’s become a role model in the Latino community and given a voice of hope to the youth.

When she's not raising her beautiful children Alexander and Oliver, she's busy running her own successful companies, Lil’ Libros with childhood friend Ariana Stein. The bestselling and critically-acclaimed bilingual children’s books brand, was inspired by Patty's own experience trying to find bilingual books for her first born. As a Latina who is a product of cultural duality, it was important that her son learn and appreciate his identity. Thus, the birth of Lil’ Libros. Due to their hard work and dedication, you can find Lil' Libros at Target and Barnes & Noble stores across the country!

Her second company, MALA by Patty Rodriguez, has also been a success, which has caught the attention of Forever21 and NastyGal.com. MALA by Patty Rodriguez empowers women to be proud of who you are and where you come from. Fans of the collection include Rihanna, Demi Lovato, Becky G, Gina Rodriguez, Miley Cyrus to name a few!

Aside from her entrepreneurial talents, Patty has been infusing culture on and off the air for over 12 years working as radio personality and producer of the internationally syndicated radio show, "On Air With Ryan Seacrest."

Her latest accomplishment, a social media campaign asking cosmetics giant, MAC Cosmetics to create a collection to honor the late Selena Quintanilla. The campaign received national coverage in English and Spanish and the attention of MAC Cosmetics. That determination and passion from Patty came to fruition when MAC Cosmetics released MAC Selena nationally on October 1st, becoming the bestselling celebrity cosmetics collection of all time.

Patty and her work have been featured in LA Times, NPR, Washington Post Buzzfeed, Univision, Rolling Stone, CNN Latino, Latina Magazine, Cosmopolitan, People En Español, to name a few.

Ariana Stein

Ariana Stein is the co-founder and CEO of Lil’ Libros, a Los Angeles-based publisher focused on chic and modern bilingual children’s books. She is also the founder of a national pet transportation service, 1-800-PetTaxi. Ariana began her career in commercial real estate, and then moved on to real estate management before pursuing her own endeavors.

In 2014, Ariana and long-time friend Patty Rodriguez shared a similar desire to ensure their children were raised to be bilingual. They used that passion as motivation and started their own publishing company called Lil’ Libros. By the end of 2015, she took the leap of faith and left the corporate world to focus on the company’s goals and growth. The decision wasn’t easy, but she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be a part of something she truly believed in; bilingual education for children. This allowed her to guide Lil’ Libros during its pioneering stage, while preserving the company’s vision.

Lil’ Libros quickly became a cultural phenomenon widely accepted by parents and children. Their books can now be found at Target stores nationwide, Barnes & Noble, Scholastic, Meijer, Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles Museum, over 800 independent bookstores, libraries, and schools. In addition, Lil’ Libros has been featured in a number of media publications such as Forbes, The Washington Post, and Money Mag.

In 2016, Ariana was accepted to the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program, an organization dedicated to educating entrepreneurs to be able to sustain and support entrepreneurial and economic growth. Later that year she was nominated at the 13th Annual “Latinas in Business Awards,” honoring women of excellence by the National Latinas Business Women’s Association.

In 2017 she was honored at the 31st Annual Leadership and Legacy Awards, receiving the Entrepreneur of the Year award by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO-LA).

Ariana holds a bachelor degree in Business Administration with a concentration in International Business from California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Being an entrepreneur is enormously rewarding to Ariana. Equally rewarding is being able to inspire others to follow their dreams.


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Peggy Hasegawa


Peggy Hasegawa

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Peggy Hasegawa is a paper lover and papermaker. She teaches bookmaking using a variety of art materials, including Japanese handmade papers, fabric, and recycled items and draws inspiration from the art of different cultures. An arts educator for over 25 years, Ms. Hasegawa teaches art workshops at schools throughout L.A. County, various cultural institutions, and LACMA where she currently works as a teaching artist.



Rochelle Newman credits her love for humor, language, and culture to her Lower East Side New York roots. She recently received her MFA with a focus on Creative Non-Fiction and Literary Translation from Antioch, Los Angeles. Zig-Zag is her first bilingual children’s book. She holds a BFA in theater and is an award winning playwright and screenplay writer. Along with her husband Carlos, she co-produces Panafest, a Latinx film festival (PIFFLA.Com) which will be at the Downtown Independent October 18-20. Rochelle has also had a long career in US Latinx marketing and is proud to work with the Walton Isaacson team. She is working on a memoir.



Yesika Salgado es una poeta salvadoreña residente en Los Ángeles que escribe sobre su familia, su cultura, su ciudad y su cuerpo moreno. Salgado ha sido cuatro veces miembro del equipo Da Poetry Lounge Slam y finalista del National Poetry Slam en 2017 y 2018. Su trabajo ha sido reconocido por Los Angeles Times, Latina Magazine, Univision, Vibe Magazine, Huffington Post, NPR, TEDx y diversas plataformas digitales. Es cofundadora del colectivo feminista latino Chingona Fire y activista reconocida internacionalmente del movimiento a favor de la positividad corporal. Yesika es autora de Corazón y Tesoro (ambos best-sellers en Amazon), y de su último trabajo Hermosa, todos publicados por la editorial independiente Not a Cult.

Yesika Salgado is a Los Angeles based Salvadoran poet who writes about her family, her culture, her city, and her brown body. Salgado is a four time member of Da Poetry Lounge Slam Team, and a 2017 and 2018 National Poetry Slam finalist. Her work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Latina Magazine, Univision, Vibe Magazine, Huffington Post, NPR, TEDx and many digital platforms. She is the co-founder of the Latina feminist collective Chingona Fire and an internationally recognized body positivity activist. Yesika is the author of the Amazon best-sellers Corazón, Tesoro, and the newest release Hermosa, all published by the independent publishing company, Not a Cult.


Salgado, Yesika

Salgado, Yesika


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