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Inspiring Radical Creativity with Gabby Rivera

Date(s): Friday, October 18, 2019, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Burton Barr Central Library, Pulliam Auditorium, 1221 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Reading, Talk
Genre and Form(s): Community, Creative Practice, Human Rights, Latinx, LGBTQIA, Social Justice
Cost: Free

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To Gabby Rivera, it’s vital to encourage people of all backgrounds to create, daydream, and tell their own stories—and in so doing, open a radical space for creativity. Now, in this affecting talk, Rivera unpacks how she navigates the world as a queer, Latinx, millennial woman; how she incorporates her heritage into her writing; how she strives to be a thoughtful ally for others, and how she celebrates the healing power of community. This is a talk about privilege and power, and what we can do to support the ideas of diverse artists working with progressive politics. It asks difficult questions: What if this country made everyone—people of all colors, cultures, orientations, abilities, and genders—feel at home? What if the traumas experienced by marginalized peoples could be reconciled and incorporated into a broader, richer definition of America? What if our non-white ancestors weren’t erased, but represented in pop culture, in our textbooks and classrooms? And what if we could privilege difference as a site of wonder, laughter and celebration, and not as something to fear? With Rivera’s smart, funny talks, we can start imagining these worlds as our reality.

Join the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing and Burton Barr Central Library for Inspiring Radical Creativity: A Empowering Young, Diverse Voices to Tell Their Own Stories, a reading and talk with author Gabby Rivera on Friday, October 18, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Pulliam Auditorium at Burton Barr Central Library (1221 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004).

While encouraged, RSVPs are purely for the purposes of monitoring attendance, gauging interest, and communicating information about parking, directions, and other aspects of the event. You do not have to register or RSVP to attend this event. This event is open to the public and free.

The Piper Writers Studio will also be presenting Writing with Heart: When Love is Your Musea workshop with Gabby Rivera on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Burton Barr Central Library (1221 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004). To learn more about Gabby Rivera's workshop, visit our website at

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Gabby Rivera is an outgoing, outspoken creator invested in fostering better dialogue, inspiring radical creativity, and improving our most vulnerable communities. The author of Juliet Takes a Breath, she’s also the writer of the new Marvel series America—featuring the first queer, Latinx teen-girl superhero, ever—that’s catching headlines from The New York Times, CNN, Vogue, and beyond. Gabby Rivera is a young, charming speaker dedicated to empowering women and improving our marginalized communities.

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