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Gabby Rivera

2023 Speaker

GABBY RIVERA is a Bronx-born queer Puerto Rican babe on a mission to create the wildest, most fun stories ever. Rivera’s critically acclaimed debut novel Juliet Takes a Breath was called “f*cking outstanding” by Roxane Gay and was re-published by Penguin Random House in 2019. Rivera is the first Latina to write for Marvel comics, penning the solo series AMERICA about America Chavez, a portal-punching queer Latina powerhouse. In 2022, Rivera became a Sundance Screenwriters Fellow and received an Advancing Justice Award from Catalyst California, alongside Dolores Huerta and Sheila Kuehl. Rivera presented before the United Nations in 2020 as an invited speaker to their Unstereotyping Alliance Conference, and she has collaborated with groups such as the Ford Motor Company, the Makers Women’s Conference, and Somos Familia, to uplift joyful storytelling and the magic of queer diasporicans everywhere. Rivera is navigating her first year of motherhood while crafting new stories and speaking at schools and organizations across the country. Rivera currently resides on the West Coast and hosts Joy Uprising, a podcast that brings together her favorite revolutionary humans to honor joy in a chaotic world. She is living the sweetest life with her baby, her lady, and the wild beautiful queer chosen family that surrounds her. Photographer credit: Julieta Salgado