Writer. Speaker. Storyteller.

Author of Juliet Takes a Breath and the Marvel comic series America, Gabby Rivera inspires us all to live a life that is joyfully open and revolutionary. 

Funding is made possible by support from the Browning Charitable Trust and the Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities.


About Gabby Rivera


Gabby Rivera grew up with superheroes on the block. Her mom, aunties, and the women in her community were the strongest people she knew: seamstresses and paramedics who’d sit around the dining table and tell wild tales about their lives in the Bronx. They taught her how to find her strength—in softness, gentleness, and humor. When Marvel Comics asked Gabby to write the story of America Chavez, their first queer Latina superhero, she proved that heroes could be kind and vulnerable, too. Funny, insightful, and authentic, Gabby inspires us all to live a life that is joyfully open and revolutionary.


Gabby Rivera is a self-defined Bronx-born queer Puerto Rican babe on a mission to create the wildest, most fun stories ever. Gabby is the first Latina ever to write for Marvel comics, penning the solo series AMERICA about America Chavez, a portal-punching queer Latina powerhouse.

Described as "a whirlwind coming-of-age story that leaves one breathless"  in Kirkus Review, Gabby’s critically acclaimed debut novel Juliet Takes a Breath was published in 2016 by a small independent publisher, Riverdale Avenue Books and republished in 2019 by Penguin Random House. Mic named it one of the 25 essential books to read for Women’s History Month, and Latina magazine called it the “dopest LGBTQA YA book ever.”

Gabby presented before the United Nations in 2020 as an invited speaker to their Unstereotyping Alliance Conference, and she has collaborated with groups such as the Ford Motor Company, the Makers Women’s Conference and Somos Familia, to uplift joyful storytelling and the magic of queer diasporicans everywhere.

In 2022, Gabby became a Sundance Screenwriters Fellow and received an Advancing Justice Award from Catalyst California, alongside activist Dolores Huerta and politician Sheila Kuehl. She currently resides on the West Coast and hosts Joy Uprising, a podcast that brings together her favorite revolutionary humans to honor joy in a chaotic world.




 “Gabby Rivera’s voice is a force—moving, alive, and bursting with feelings”

                                                                                                                 — Britta Lundin, author of Ship It












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