F150. Strange Fascinations: Latinx Futurisms in Young Adult Literature

Room 007C, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level
Friday, March 6, 2020
10:35 am to 11:50 am


Black and brown futurisms fold past/present, science/magic, city/forest, ancient knowledge/technology into the diasporic post- colonized imagination, redefining, and reclaiming our experiences. Children’s literature is an exciting space for these stories of remaking culture, inciting revolution and the reintegration of our bodies, sexualities, and the natural world. Five YA authors and members of Latinx kidlit collective Las Musas will discuss their work through the lens of Latinx futurism.



Michelle Ruiz Keil is an author and playwright. She has been a resident of The Squaw Valley Community of Writers and Lit Camp. She curates the monthly fairytale reading series All Kinds of Fur in Portland, Oregon, and is the author of the forthcoming young adult novel All of Us With Wings.

Alexandra Villasante has always loved telling stories—though not always with words. She has two degrees in art to prove it. Born to immigrant parents, Alex has the privilegio of dreaming in both English and Spanish. When not writing, Alex plans events for nonprofits. The Grief Keeper is her debut.

Tehlor Kay Mejia is a young adult author of fantasy and contemporary novels. Her short fiction has appeared in the All Out and Toil & Trouble anthologies. Her debut novel, We Set the Dark on Fire, and its sequel are forthcoming, as is Meteor, a novel cowritten with Anna-Marie McLemore.

Sara Faring is the Argentine American author of The Tenth Girl. After working in investment banking at J.P. Morgan, she worked at Penguin Random House. She holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in international studies and from the Wharton School in business.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center