Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Highlights from the Latinx KidLit Book Festival's Panel with LGBTQ+ Latinx Writers!


clockwise from top left: Jonny Garza Villa, Tehlor Kay Mejia, Anna-Marie McLemore, Aiden Thomas, Mark Oshiro, and Laura Pohl.

I so enjoyed watching this discussion with Jonny Garza Villa (FIFTEEN HUNDRED MILES FROM THE SUN), Anna-Marie McLemore (DARK AND DEEPEST RED), Tehlor Kay Mejia (WE SET THE DARK ON FIRE), Mark Oshiro (EACH OF US A DESERT). Laura Pohl (THE LAST 8) and Aiden Thomas (CEMETERY BOYS)!

Moments that resonated for me included:

"Queerness is actually a very magical thing." –Aiden Thomas

"We're all kinds of works in progress in terms of identity... and that's okay and beautiful." –Anna-Marie McLemore

On not centering straight, cis, whiteness in his work: "these are the stories I want to tell...and who I am." –Mark Oshiro

"I would like this... but make it Gay." –Laura Pohl on finding her inspiration in other media

"For me, writing intersectional stories is a lot about having privilige in one area and not as much in another, and how you navigate that." –Tehlor Kay Mejia

'I want to celebrate everything I am now... to let kids/teens today know THEY can be themselves.' –Jonny Garza Villa

If you didn't catch it, you can watch the recorded panel discussion here.

My thanks to all the panelists!

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