Author Visits and Events

Author Visits

I’m now booking school visits for the 2020-2021 school year! Because of the ongoing pandemic/COVID-19, I am only doing virtual school visits for the time being.

TEACHERS: If you’re using Feliz New Year, Ava Gabriela! in your classroom, I’m offering FREE 30 minute (max) Storytime/Q&A sessions, which can be conducted in English, Spanish, or Spanglish! Feliz New Year, Ava Gabriela! is geared for ages 4-8, grades PK-3rd. If you’d like me to visit your classroom virtually, please contact me!

Also, check out the teacher’s guide for Feliz New Year, Ava Gabriela!, which can offer useful resources for using the book in the classroom.

Virtual Visits

As a writing professor 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 conception 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.

While Feliz New Year, Ava Gabriela!‘s target age group is 4-8 (grades PK-3rd), I teach English composition and creative writing at the college level and can tailor many of the above to older students, including middle schoolers, high schoolers, and adults!

Fees: $150 for each virtual visit, up to 75 minutes.

If you would like to schedule me for a virtual visit or if you would like more information, please contact me!

In-Person Visits*

*In-person visits are currently on hold due to COVID19.


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


Past Appearances

Conversations with an Author: Women in Writing
Broward College South Campus
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 | 2:30 p.m. EST

Writing the Character Driven Picture Book
Broward College South Campus Seahawk Writing Conference
Friday, March 12, 2021 | 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. EST

World Read Aloud Day
Wednesday, February 3, 2021

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

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

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

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

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