Author Visits and Events

Author Visits

I’m now booking school visits for the 2020-2021 school year, in conjunction with the release of my debut picture book Feliz New Year, Ava Gabriela! on October 1, 2020.

As a writing instructor and author who is a child of immigrants, I love speaking about my writing process, my publishing journey, and the influence my parents and culture have had on my work. I also love talking craft and inspiration!

I’m available to do talks and workshops on various topics, including: my journey from concept to publication, the writing process, the “Where I’m From” poem, how to find inspiration, mining your culture and experiences for story ideas, creating evocative settings, imagery, revision, plot and character, and many more.

NOTE: From October 1, 2020, I will be offering free read-alongs and Q&A sessions to teachers/librarians who are using the book in their classrooms (through December, schedule permitting). If you’d like me to virtually visit your classroom, feel free to contact me!

In-Person Visits

Fee for in-person* author visits is as follows:

Half-day sessions, consisting of up to two presentations, no more than an hour each.
Within 40 miles of Miami, FL: $300
Outside of 40 miles: $500 plus travel, including accommodations as needed.

Suggested audience: The target audience for Felíz New Year, Ava Gabriela! is PreK – 3rd grade, but depending on the topic, I can tailor workshops and presentations for middle school students, high school students, and adults.

If you are a teacher, librarian, or book seller and would like to schedule me for a visit, feel free to contact me! If the above isn’t in your budget but you would still like me to come to your classroom, message me. We can try to work something out.

*Note: Given the current restrictions, I can tailor most of the above to a virtual format for a reduced price. Contact me for more information.


In addition to school visits, I’m also available for speaking engagements, conferences, and workshops. If you’d like me to speak at your conference or lead a workshop, contact me!

Upcoming Appearances

Panel: Picture Books with All the Feels | Latinx Kidlit Book Festival
Friday, December 4, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST

MDPLS Virtual Author Series with Alexandra Alessandri
West Kendal Regional Library | Virtual Storytime with Q&A
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 | 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST

MDPLS Virtual Author Series with Alexandra Alessandri
Country Walk Branch | Virtual Storytime with Q&A
Tuesday, December 29, 2020 | 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST

MDPLS Virtual Author Series with Alexandra Alessandri
North Shore Branch | Virtual Storytime with Q&A
Thursday, December 31, 2020 | 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EST

Book Journey: Our Path to Picture Books
Zara González Hoang & Alexandra Alessandri in conversation
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST
Part of the Las Musas Webinar Series

Past Appearances

2020 NCTE Annual Convention
November 19-22, 2020

Affirming Identities and Building Empathy through MG and PB Latinx Literature
Live Roundtable |Sunday, November 22, 2020 | 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. EST
With Chantel Acevedo, Adrianna Cuevas, Kim Baker, Rebecca Balcarcel, Anika Fajardo, Yolanda Gonzales, Anna Meriano, Emma Otheguy, Loriel Ryon, Mary Louise Sanchez, Julia Torres, and Shreya Vora.

The Writer in the Composition Classroom
On Demand | With Alex Giardino, Rebecca Balcarcel, and Christopher Baron

68th Annual Breakfast with the Authors
November 14, 2020
8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. PST

Books & Books Virtual Author Series: Alexandra Alessandri
Saturday, October 3, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. EST
Tune in at Books & Books Instagram Live!

Picture Books That Celebrate the Diversity in Our Nation

First-Generation Writers on the Search for Home

Nerd Camp PA
July 16, 2020
Language and Culture in Kidlit – 9:30 a.m. (EST)
Empowering Students of All Ages and Backgrounds with Diverse Books – 10:30 a.m. (EST)

OwnVoices Brainstorming: Mining Cultural Heritage & Memories for Story
Thursday, May 14, 2020 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Part of Las Musas Webinar Series

Where I’m From: A Generative Writing Workshop CANCELLED DUE TO COVID19
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
2020 MFLA (Music, Film, Literature, & Arts) Festival
Location: Broward College South Campus

Reimagining Home: Latinx Children’s Authors on Writing
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
2020 MFLA (Music, Film, Literature, & Arts) Festival
Location: Broward College South Campus