Who Are Las Musas?
We are the first collective of women and non binary (identifying on the female spectrum) Latinx MG and YA authors to come together in an effort to support and amplify each other’s debut or sophomore novels in US children’s literature.
Our collective includes Hilda Burgos, Jennifer (J.C.) Cervantes, Mary Louise Sanchez, Tami Charles, Ann Davila Cardinal, Natasha Díaz, Mia García, Isabel Ibañez, Sara Faring, Tehlor Kay Mejia, Anna Meriano, Nina Moreno, Maika Moulite, Maritza Moulite, Claribel Ortega, Emma Otheguy, Kristina (K.K.) Perez, Laura Pohl, Nonieqa Ramos, Michelle Ruiz Keil, Yamile Saied Méndez, Aida Salazar, and Alexandra Villasante. Our MG or YA books will be released between 2018 - 2020.
The Latinx community is an incredibly vast and diverse group of people that includes Afro-Latinx, Indigenous Latinx, Asian Latinx, White Latinx, and any and all combinations of race, religion, gender, and sexual orientation. Latinx is not tied to any specific race, but is rather a classification term referring to people with cultural ties to Latin America. Las Musas' ties to Latin America include: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Puerto Rico. We are not one voice, but many.
To spotlight the contribution of Las Musas in the evolving canon of children's literature and celebrate the diversity of voice, experience, and power in our communities.
Why Is Our Work Important?
The Latinx community is an incredibly diverse group spanning over 52 million people in the US alone, but in 2017 only 216 of 3,700 children's books (5.8%) published featured Latinx characters. Of those 216 only 73 (33% or 1.9% of the original 3,700) were written and/or illustrated by Latinx authors/illustrators.
These new titles by Las Musas will be published by major houses including, Arthur A. Levine Books (Scholastic), Charlesbridge, Disney-Hyperion, Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins), Knopf, Lee & Low, Page Street, Scholastic, Tor Teen and Walden Pond Press (Harper Collins). While it is exciting that these new Latinx titles will be part of changing these statistics, there is still so much work to be done to achieve equitable representation in mainstream publishing. It is incumbent on publishing gatekeepers to see and understand our diversity and the books and authors that are privileged within that diversity especially as it pertains to race, class and gender.
Las Musas have come together, in an unprecedented effort, to amplify and support our work so that it is clear that there is, in fact, room for all of our stories and that they only begin to scratch the surface of what represents the Latinx community. We believe our alliance will help lift every single voice in solidarity and will provide a broader understanding of Latinx diversity to young readers thereby building a more just and empathic world.
For bios, book descriptions, appearances and purchasing links please visit our individual pages on this site (found in the drop down menu under Las Musas).
"Mujeres Leyendo" by Carlos Terres (Mexico)