Gabby Rivera, author and Marvel comic writer, will present a public lecture on “Inspiring Radical Creativity: Empowering Young, Diverse Voices to Tell Their Own Stories” when she visits Salve Regina University on Tuesday, March 20. Her appearance is sponsored by Mosaic, the university’s student newspaper.

Free and open to the public, Rivera’s talk will be presented at 7:30 p.m. in Bazarsky Lecture Hall, located in the O’Hare Academic Building on Ochre Point Avenue. A question and answer session with Rivera will be offered following her talk.

To Rivera, it’s vital to encourage people of all backgrounds to create, daydream and tell their own stories – and in so doing, open a radical space for creativity. In her talk, Rivera will unpack how she navigates the world as a queer, Latinx, millennial woman; how she incorporates her heritage into her writing; how she strives to be a thoughtful ally for others; and how she celebrates the healing power of community.

Following the event, Rivera will sign copies of her book, “Juliet Takes a Breath,” which will be available for purchase.

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