Author and Writer
Aida Salazar is an award-winning author and arts activist whose writings for adults and children explore issues of identity and social justice. She is the author of the critically acclaimed middle grade verse novels, The Moon Within (International Latino Book Award Winner) and Land of the Cranes (California Library Association Beatty Award, NCTE Charlotte Huck Award Honor, Jane Addams Peace Honor). Her forthcoming books include the picture book anthology, In the Spirit of a Dream: 13 Stories of Immigrants of Color (Fall, 2021), the bio picture book Jovita Wore Pants: The Story of a Revolutionary Fighter (Spring, 2022), the novel, A Seed in the Sun (2022), and the anthology THE GIFT: Writings on Menstruation by MG Authors of Color (2022). Aida is a founding member of LAS MUSAS – a Latinx kidlit debut author collective. Her story, By the Light of the Moon, was adapted into a ballet production by the Sonoma Conservatory of Dance and is the first Xicana-themed ballet in history. She lives with her family of artists in a teal house in Oakland, CA.