Discipline: Literature – fiction

Lilliam Rivera

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: Los Angeles, CA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2023

Lilliam Rivera is an award-winning author. Her many books include young adult novels The Education of Margot Sanchez, Dealing in Dreams, Never Look Back (a Pura Belpré Honor Book), as well as the Goldie Vance series for middle grade readers and the forthcoming, stand-alone middle grade book Barely Floating. Her latest novels We Light Up the Sky and Unearthed: A Jessica Cruz Story were named Best Books of 2021 by Kirkus Review and School Library Journal.

In addition to being awarded a Pushcart Prize, Rivera has received fellowships and grants from PEN America, the Elizabeth George Foundation, Clarion Workshop, and the Speculative Literature Foundation. Her writing has also appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, and Elle, among others.

At MacDowell, Rivera wrote a one-hour, television pilot based off of her young adult novel Dealing In Dreams, and completed the final revision of her adult debut novel, Tiny Threads, coming August 27, 2024, by Del Rey Books. She also began research on an untitled horror novel set in the Bronx with the help of MacDowell’s librarians.



Lilliam Rivera worked in the Calderwood studio.

In the winter of 1998, motivated by his passion for reading, Stanford Calderwood donated funds for a new writers’ studio. Burr-McCallum Architects of Williamstown, MA, provided the award-winning design in 1999; and the construction of the handsome studio was completed in time for its first artist to arrive early in 2000. With a series of double-hung casement…

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