Lilliam Rivera

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




“This isn’t an isolated incident happening on our island. It is a blueprint that can easily be translated here in the States — the spark needed to ignite change." - Opinion piece for The Washington Post (July 25, 2019)

When I Was Puerto Rican became a window into understanding fearless women and the decisions they make. I mine the relationship between mothers and their daughters in my own fiction, and aim to bring my characters to life as Santiago did with Mami.” - personal essay, New York Times (April 11, 2019)

One Year After Hurricane Maria, We’re Still Picking Up the Pieces,” personal essay, Elle Magazine (September 19, 2018)

"Death Defiant Bomba..." featured in the forthcoming anthology Love Stories for Turbulent Times (Pushcart Press, Available March 2018)

"Family Ends With Me" comic to be featured in forthcoming comic book anthology Puerto Rico Strong (Lion Press, March 2018)

 “On Coming To Terms With My Alcoholism,” personal essay, Lenny Letter, Apr. 2017

The H8TE” short story, Nightmare magazine, Jan. 2017

Between Going and Staying” short story, Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine, Nov. 2016

Death Defiant Bomba…2016 Pushcart Prize Edition

America the Beautiful” cover story on America Ferrera, Latina magazine, Feb. 2016

Ain’t Like Those Other Guys” short story, Tin House, Jun 2015

Well-Suited,” cover profile on Gina Torres, USA Today’s Hispanic Living, Fall 2015.

Comedy Bang Bang,” cover profile on Stephanie Beatriz and Melissa Fumero, Latina, August 2015.

This Hashtag Needs an Accent,” short story, Sundog Lit, June 2015.

Trizas/Fragments” short story, Midnight Breakfast, May 2015

Spanish-language Literary Festival Back in L.A.,” Los Angeles Times, May 2015.

Place Your Hand Here,” short story, Tahoma Literary Review, April 2015.

Gina Almighty,” cover profile on Gina Rodriguez; “Party Supplier,” profile on J. Alvarez;   and “Selena Forever,” Latina, March 2015.

Why Do Latinas Have the Highest Suicide Rates,” feature, Cosmopolitan, March 2015.

“Killer Instinct,” profile on Karla Souza, Latina, February 2015.

“Monster’s Belle,” profile on Bitsie Tulloch, Latina, December 2014.

“Eat, Dance, Love,” profile on Henry Santos, Latina, November 2014.

“The People’s Champ,” cover profile on Eva Longoria, Latina, Oct. 2014.

 “Last of Las Hermanas Bella,” The Cost of Paper Anthology, Black Hill Press.

“In the Mix,” profile on Yarel Ramos, Latina, Sept. 2014.

“Heatin’ Up,” summer music roundup, Latina, June. 2014.

“Death Defiant Bomba or What to Wear When Your Boo Gets Cancer,” short story, Bellevue Literary Review, Spring 2014.

“Game On,” profile on Pedro Pascal, Latina, April 2014.

 “MC Mami,” profile on Ana Tijoux, Latina, April 2014.

 “The Rumpus Interview with Cristina Diaz,” The Rumpus, March 2014.

 “Seriously Funny,” cover profile on Aubrey Plaza, Latina, March 2014.

 “My Shelf Life,” short story, Lunch Ticket, Winter/Spring 2014.

 “Love for the Hernandez Brothers,” essay, Los Angeles Review of Books, November 2013.

 “The Rumpus Interview with Matt de la Peña,” The Rumpus, November 2013.