The Write Stuff is a series of interview profiles conducted by Litseen, where authors give exclusive readings from their work.
Maya Christina Gonzalez
is a fine artist, educator, and the illustrator of more than twenty picture books, several of which she also wrote. Her award-winning titles include Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems
, Nana’s Big Surprise
, and Prietita and the Ghost Woman
. Her book My Colors, My World
won the prestigious Pura Belpré Award Honor from the American Library Association.
Her most recent picture book, Call Me Tree/Llámame Árbol
, was released in November 2014 from the Children’s Book Press imprint of Lee & Low Books.
When not in the studio, Maya works with children and educators to stress the importance of creativity as personal empowerment in the classroom. She has developed several lines of curriculum and training which can be found on her website
. In 2009, Maya co-founded Reflection Press
, an independent press that publishes radical and revolutionary children’s books, and she later co-created an online learning environment called School of the Free Mind
that offers e-courses on creating children’s books and fostering creativity.
Maya Christina Gonzalez lives in San Francisco with her husband, two children, and two rescue guinea pigs.
When people ask what you do, you tell them…
I tell them that I’m a children’s book author and artist. I don’t mention the educator, publisher part. People act surprised enough by the first part. I often imagine folks think I work at Rainbow or a tattoo parlor. Two awesome jobs! But not mine.