Lilliam Rivera

Lilliam Rivera is the author of the young adult novel The Education of Margot Sanchez.

 Photo by Julian Sambrano Jr.

Photo by Julian Sambrano Jr.

 Hi-res image. Photo by Julian Sambrano Jr. 

Hi-res image. Photo by Julian Sambrano Jr. 

Lilliam Rivera is an award-winning writer and author of The Education of Margot Sanchez, a contemporary young adult novel from Simon & Schuster available now in bookstores everywhere. The novel was nominated for a 2017 Best Fiction for Young Adult Fiction by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and has been featured on NPR, New York Times Book Review, New York magazine, MTV.com, and Teen Vogue, among others.

She is a 2016 Pushcart Prize winner and a 2015 Clarion alumni with a Leonard Pung Memorial Scholarship. She has been awarded fellowships from PEN Center USA, A Room Of Her Own Foundation, and received a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation and the Speculative Literature Foundation. Her short story "Death Defiant Bomba" received honorable mention in Bellevue Literary Review's 2014 Goldenberg Prize for Fiction, selected by author Nathan Englander. Lilliam also received honorable mention in the 2018 James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award.

Lilliam's work has appeared in Lenny Letter, Tin House, Los Angeles Times, Latina, USA Today, Cosmo for Latinas, Bellevue Literary Review, The Rumpus.net, and Los Angeles Review of Books, to name a few.

She hosted a monthly literary radio show, Literary Soundtrack, on RadioSombra.org. Past guests have included Laila Lalami, Victor LaValle, Matt Johnson, Sonia Manzano, Azar Nafisi, among others. She has been a featured speaker in countless school and book festivals throughout the United States. 

Her next young adult novel Dealing in Dreams is forthcoming from Simon & Schuster on March 2019. Lilliam is represented by Eddie Schneider of JABberwocky Literary Agency. She lives in Los Angeles.