The Team


The Team Behind LatinxPitch: Ana Siqueira, Jorge Lacera, Tatiana Gardel, Denise Adusei, Mariana Llanos, Stephen Briceño, Mona AlvaradoFrazier, Cynthia Harmony, Darlene P. Campos, Ernesto Cisneros, Sara fajardo, Nydia Armendia-Sánchez


Cynthia Harmony is an educational psychologist originally from Mexico City. She’s created exhibits and bilingual learning materials for children and science museums. She has published textbooks and writes picture books, chapter books and early readers. She’s a translator member of The American Literary Translators Association and was awarded the 2020 We Need Diverse Books PB Mentorship. Cynthia is represented by BookEnds Literary.

Cynthia Harmony


Ana Siqueira is from Rio de Janeiro where she is an award-winning published author. Ana loves teaching Spanish to elementary children and writing. Besides BELLA’S RECIPE FOR SUCCESS, – Beaming Books,  Ana also published a book for the educational market El Pato Quiere Uvas. Ana loves playing with her grandkids and cooking. She lives in Florida with her Cuban husband.

Ana Siqueira


Darlene P. Campos is an award-winning author for young adult and middle grade readers. She earned her BA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston and her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at El Paso. When she’s not writing, she loves reading, exercising, and going to museums. Previously published by the indie house Vital Narrative Press, she is now represented by Allison Hellegers of Stimola Literary Studio thanks to the work of #DVPit. She is Ecuadorian-American and lives in Houston, TX with her husband. 

Twitter: @DarleneCampos91

Darlene Campos


Mariana Llanos is a Peruvian-born writer of children’s literature. She is the author of Luca’s Bridge/El Puente de Luca (Penny Candy Books,2019), Eunice and Kate (Penny Candy Books,2020), and eleven self-published titles, including Kutu, the Tiny Inca Princess, and Poesia Alada. Mariana has received the Oklahoma Human Rights Award for her work visiting schools around the world to promote literacy via virtual technology. She was selected as the Best Latino Artist of 2017 by the Hispanic Arts Council of Oklahoma. She resides in Oklahoma City. She is represented by Clelia Gore of Martin Literary.

Mariana Llanos


Tatiana Gardel is a Brazilian illustrator and teaching artist based in New York City. She graduated with both degrees in Fine Arts and in Art Education in Brazil. She started her career as a fine artist, participating in several exhibitions in Rio de Janeiro. While exploring other ways to express her creativity, she found a passion for storytelling and illustration. Tatiana has been awarded the 2020 Emerging Illustrator Scholarship for the Kweli Color of Children’s Literature Conference and her work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators in New York and American Illustration AI-AP.

Tatiana Gardel


Mona AlvaradoFrazier

Mona AlvaradoFrazier is the pen name for Monica Frazier, who uses her mother’s maiden name. After twenty-eight years of working with youthful offenders, Mona’s mantra of ‘explore more’ has her traveling to other countries. When she’s not writing YA and Adult fiction, she’s hiking a mountain, involved in community service, or reading. Born and raised in Oxnard, California, she has two left-handed Vegan creative sons and a cat-loving, comic book collecting daughter.  

A Macondo Writer’s member, Mona believes in writing for social change. Her short stories are published in two university publications. She belongs to AWP and SCBWI writer’s associations.

Mona AlvaradoFrazier


Sara Fajardo

Sara Fajardo is a Peruvian-American writer who grew up in Salinas, California. A former bilingual teacher she now works as multimedia journalist for humanitarian aid organizations and agricultural research centers. Sara is passionate about writing, the Andes, and the history of the potato. Based out of Lima, Peru she is represented by Nicole Geiger of Full Circle Literary.

Sara Fajardo

Denise Rosario Adusei

Denise Rosario Adusei spent her childhood building forts, climbing trees and playing soccer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She grew up to launch her own preschool and engineer play for children in Harlem. Her direct experience with educators and children inspires stories that tap into early-childhood experiences. She was awarded the 2019 Word Mentorship and 2020 AWP Mentorship. She earned her bachelors from Brown University and her masters from Columbia University. When she’s not writing, she loves reading, exercising and spending time with her family. .

Denise Adusei

Nydia Armendia-Sánchez

Nydia Armendia-Sánchez is a California based author and artist. She writes bilingual picture books and is also focused on her first love – art. Of Guatemalan and Basque heritage, she enjoys highlighting inclusivity and diversity in all her creative endeavors. Nydia earned her bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Pitzer College. In 2006, she and her husband, Luis, moved to Spain for three years where she taught ESL and also studied the art of window dressing! She draws inspiration for her stories, and art, from her two highly imaginative children, her travels, and her husband (who also happens to be her biggest supporter).




Nydia Armendia-Sánchez


Jorge was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, and grew up in Miami, Florida drawing in sketchbooks, on napkins, on walls, and anywhere his parents would let him. After graduating with honors from Ringling College of Art and Design, Jorge worked as a visual development and concept artist for AAA gaming studios and global entertainment companies.
As a big fan of pop culture, comics, and zombie movies, Jorge rarely saw Latinx kids as the heroes or leads. He is committed to changing that, especially now that he has a son. His debut picture book with his wife Megan Zombies Don’t Eat Veggies/Los Zombis No Comen Verduras is on several “best of” lists, including 2019 Best of Kirkus Reviews and New York Public Library’s best books for children. He is represented by John Cusick at Folio Jr.



Jorge Lacera


Ernesto Cisneros was born and raised in Santa Ana, California, where he still teaches. He holds an English degree from the University of California, Irvine; a teaching credential from California State University, Long Beach; as well as a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from National University. As an author, he believes in providing today’s youth with an honest depiction of characters with whom they can identify. The real world is filled with amazing people with diverse backgrounds and perspectives. His work strives to reflect that. Efrén Divided has garnered 4 Starred Reviews, An Indies Introduce/Next Pick, Amazon Top MG of 2020 So Far list, and is a ProjectLit Selection.




Ernesto Cisneros


Stephen Briseño is an 8th grade English teacher and writing professional development presenter based in San Antonio, TX. He first fell in love with stories after watching E.T. as an impressionable seven-year old. To this day, he can’t ride his bike without wishing an alien could make him fly on it. After fourteen years in the classroom, he aims to develop young people into voracious readers, expressive writers, and empathetic thinkers. In 2017, he was awarded a Book Love Foundation grant for expanding his classroom library with relevant titles to get into the hands (and hearts) of his students.  Stephen’s debut picture book, The Notebook Keeper, comes out Summer 2022 from Random House Studio.


Stephen Briceño