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Marvel writer Gabby Rivera on creating stories that reflect the world around her

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While growing up in the Bronx, writer Gabby Rivera would sit at her grandmother’s dining table listening to stories from her “sheroes” — the women in her family. Gabby infused elements from her own life into America Chavez, Marvel Comics’ first queer Latina superhero with her very own series. 

"I just wanted to write a giggly, goofy story about a girl that kind of like loves herself but isn't sure what the heck is going on with her identity."

Since jumping into the diversifying comic book industry, Gabby is bringing more stories about Latinx identity and the LGBTQ+ community to other projects. 

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Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She hosts the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds and covers East Oakland for KALW. Jenee has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED, KPCC, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony magazine, Refinery29 and other outlets. In 2005, she reported on the London transit bombings for Time magazine. Prior to coming to KALW, she hosted the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio.
Porfirio Rangel was a fellow in the Audio Academy class of 2019.