Unlocking Us Brené with Gabby Rivera on Superheroes, Storytelling and Joy as Resistance
November 11, 2020

Brené with Gabby Rivera on
Superheroes, Storytelling and Joy as Resistance

In this episode, I talk with writer, storyteller, and joy advocate Gabby Rivera, the first Latina to write for Marvel Comics. Gabby penned the solo series America about America Chavez, a portal-punching queer Latina powerhouse. We also talk about her debut novel Juliet Takes a Breath, how important it is to see ourselves in stories about the hero’s journey, and how joy is a form of resistance.

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Gabby Rivera

Gabby Rivera
Caption: Photo of Gabby Rivera Smiling

Gabby Rivera is a Bronx-born, queer Puerto Rican author on a mission to create the wildest, most fun stories ever. She’s the first Latina to write for Marvel Comics, penning the solo series America about America Chavez, a portal-punching queer Latina powerhouse. Rivera’s critically acclaimed debut novel Juliet Takes a Breath was called “f*cking outstanding” by Roxane Gay and was re-published in September 2019 by Penguin Random House. Her podcast joy revolution is out now. When not writing, Gabby speaks on her experiences as a queer Puerto Rican from the Bronx, an LGBTQ youth advocate, and the importance of prioritizing joy in QTPOC communities at events across the country. Gabby makes magic on both coasts, currently residing in California. She writes for all the sweet baby queers, and her mom.

Gabby Rivera shares 5 favorite songs! Click to Listen Now on Spotify
Gabby Rivera shares 5 favorite songs! Click to Listen Now on Spotify.

Show Notes

Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera
Book Cover: Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

America (2017-2018) #1 by Gabby Rivera

Peach Mimosa, HDC-MD-18, Behr paint color

Christy Road, artist

The Story of Marvel’s First Queer Latina Superhero, Gabby Rivera, TED Salon

Joy Revolution podcast by Gabby Rivera

Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America by Maria Hinojosa

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