Updates: What I’ve been up to

Happy Halloween to everyone! I dressed as the universe this past Saturday and tonight, I am going to be a witch. There’s thunder and lightning outside. It feels like the perfect weather for today. I want to document what I have done the past three months because I am super grateful for the opportunities and for the outpouring of love from other writers.

In August, I was the opening reader for Amber Tamblyn, who is an activist, a phenomenal author, and an actor. It was wonderful hearing her read and speak about her new book, ANY MAN.

Rios de la Luz and Amber Tamblyn @ Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, AZ

In September, I ran my first generative writing workshop in El Paso, Tx. I witnessed raw, beautiful souls share their words. It was illuminating.

Exploring the History of our Bodies Workshop on September 21st @ Fab Lab El Paso

On October 6th, I was part of the Texas Teen Book Festival, thanks to the sponsorship of LibroMobile and The Writing Barn. It was an eye-opening experience. It shifted the way I think of myself as a writer and it was so refreshing to see young people so excited about books! It was heartwarming. *crying emoji*

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The Writing Barn in Austin, TX

I had the pleasure of co-teaching with Leticia Urieta for Barrio Writers while I was at TTBF. It was wonderful working with young writers.

Barrio Writer Participants at Texas Teen Book Festival 

I was also a part of a Q&A with Lilliam Rivera (author of The Education of Margot Sanchez) She is a literal angel and I am so happy I was able to meet her and listen to her thoughtful responses. You should buy her books!

(From left to right) Lilliam Rivera, Rios de la Luz, Ire’ne Lara Silva, Leticia Urieta, Natalia Sylvester, and Marilyse V. Figueroa. 

I am currently setting up readings and workshops in Santa Ana, CA & Portland, OR for the spring! I look forward to sharing more moments with y’all as I take my own little journey through the small-press writer life.

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