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.
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.
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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