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Maya Gonzalez is an artist, author and progressive educator whose work focuses on the use of art and story as powerful tools of reclamation and transformation. Her fine art graces the cover of Contemporary Chicano/a Art and is well documented as part of the Chicano Art Movement. She has illustrated over 20 award-winning children’s books, several of which she also wrote. Her book My Colors, My World won the prestigious Pura Belpré Award Honor from the American Library Association and her most recent picture book, Call Me Tree was listed in Kirkus’ Best Picture Books of 2014 that Celebrate Diversity. Since 1996, Maya has been providing presentations to children and educators about the importance of creativity as a tool for personal empowerment. Her work with children in public schools helped her develop several lines of curriculum that offer a holistic approach to learning and open doors to new ways of thinking and relating in the world. In 2009 she co-founded Reflection Press and in 2013, Maya co-created an online learning environment called School of the Free Mind about expanding the mind and reclaiming the creative. In 2015, Maya launched the Write Now! Make Books series for kids through Reflection Press, a free, playful, in-depth program that engages kids and teens in the very real conversation of diversity in their books. Maya lives and plays in San Francisco with her two powerful kids and her partner Matthew.
Press Releases, Clippings, and PDFs
- Self-Publishing Journeys - School of the Free Mind Student Spotlight: Sandra Gonzalez, Skillful & Soulful PressWhen Matthew and I changed the format of our School to be independent study as well as mor […]
- The Ghosts and The Writing - My first novellaOK. That was hard. And to be honest, it’s still hard. And I’ve barely sent it out into the […]
- remembering orlando - one year later...How do I begin to talk about Orlando? Or about this last year? It hasn’t been an easy one. […]
- The time is now - Let's flood the world with our voicesThe act of telling our own stories is a radical act. I continue to stand humbled by the po […]
Maya Gonzalez is an artist, progressive educator and award-winning children's book illustrator and author. Her work focuses on art and story as powerful tools of reclamation and transformation both personally and culturally. Her primary tool of activism is creating and publishing radical children's books that tell the truth of who we are and what we can be. And she invites grown-ups and kids alike to do the same through her online school and free kids program that teach a holistic approach to creating and publishing children's books. www.mayagonzalez.com