Festival Info

Live Write #HerStory

Bestselling authors explore how their stories speak to the bigger picture of feminism and what it means to champion this narrative for young adults. Presented by four authors dedicated to shaping stories for feminism today and the future, Samira Ahmed (MAD, BAD, & DANGEROUS TO KNOW), Abigail Hing Wen (LOVEBOAT, TAIPEI), Gabby Rivera (JULIET TAKE A BREATH), and Libba Bray (THE DIVINERS Series) show how across genre and format, they have written complex unique voices that historically have been quieted.

WHEN: 02:00PM EST on Friday, 1 May 2020


Samira Ahmed is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of Love, Hate & Other Filters, Internment and Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in anthologies including: Take the Mic, Color Outside the Lines, Ink Knows No Borders, Who Will Speak for America, and Vampires Never Get Old. She was born in Bombay, India, and grew up in Batavia, Illinois. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Samira taught high school English in both Chicago and New York City, worked in education non-profits, and spent time on the road for political campaigns.

Abigail Hing Wen is the New York Times bestselling author of Loveboat, Taipei, a Barnes & Noble Book Club Pick, featured in Entertainment Weekly and World Journal, optioned for film by ACE Entertainment. She holds a BA from Harvard, a JD from Columbia Law School, and an MFA from Vermont School of Fine Arts. When she’s not writing stories or listening to her favorite scores, she is busy working in artificial intelligence in Silicon Valley, where she lives with her husband and two sons.

Gabby Rivera is a Bronx-born, queer Puerto Rican author on a mission to create the wildest, funnest stories ever. She’s the first Latina to write for Marvel Comics, penning the series America. Rivera’s debut novel Juliet Takes a Breath was called “f*cking outstanding” by Roxane Gay and was re-published by Penguin Random House. Gabby is the creator of the original comic series, b.b. free, with BOOM! Studios. Her podcast, gabby rivera’s joy revolution, is coming in 2020! Gabby speaks about being a queer Puerto Rican from the Bronx, an LGBTQ advocate and prioritizing joy in QTPOC communities.

Libba Bray is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Diviners series, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist Beauty Queens, the 2010 Printz Award-winning Going Bovine, and the acclaimed Gemma Doyle trilogy. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.