Xelena González is a storyteller, screenwriter, poet, and author of All Around Us, 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 were honed as a children’s librarian in San Antonio and in Guangzhou, China. As a visiting author, she has introduced her method of “tai chi storytelling” to more than 60 schools and libraries around the country. In October of 2020, Cinco Puntos Press will release Where Wonder Grows, her much-anticipated sophomore collaboration with muralist Adriana Garcia.
With support from the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, Xelena recently developed a body of work in both children’s literature and visionary fiction, inspired by the iconography of the Mexican Lotería card game. Her resultant book Lotería Remedios led to the creation of a television script centered on the same theme of La Lotería and featuring a modern Mestiza protagonist. She is currently developing the screenplay The Card Singer with support from the Luminaria Artist Foundation.
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