Meet The Team

Leelynn

Hello everyone!

It’s so great to see you here. My name is Leelynn! I identify as Chamorro, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Cherokee, and Black. I was born and raised on Oahu, Hawaii and I miss living on the islands. I also lived on Guam for five years before moving to Virginia on the East Coast of the United States. Talk about a culture shock. I absolutely adore reading books, and I have been working hard to ensure that I keep my books diverse. I’ve found that reading books from diverse authors has made my reading experience a lot more enjoyable from when I was younger, and I don’t think I’ll ever go back!

Growing up, I didn’t really see myself in many books but I still loved to read. I’ve noticed that I relate a lot more to my Asian counterparts – especially my Japanese and Korean characters – and I’ve been known to get emotional reading books that are inspired by my Asian heritage. I have yet to find a novel that is inspired by my Chamorro heritage, but my goal is to one day write a novel that is so that other Chamorro girls like me can see themselves in a book and hopefully relate to it like I have.

Hear Our Voices is a dream that I’ve had since fully immersing myself in the book community a year ago, and something that I feel has been sorely needed for a while now. I hope that our dream will be able to grow and bring all kinds of novels to all kinds of OwnVoices readers, regardless of follower count, regardless of location in the world, and allow readers like us to see themselves in novels and share their experiences with us and the rest of the community.

Natalia

Hello Beautiful people!

I am a Puertorican/Dominican born and raised, currently living in Georgia, USA. You can normally find me hyping up diverse reads, because I have literally discovered I can actually read about myself in books, and I am never looking back! I have the honor of being part of some other amazing projects on twitter like #ConSaborReadingChallege with Nox, Astrid and Dani where I don’t shut up about Latinx books. The #includedlit with @ephemeralnat that is meant to share and uplift books of authors of color so others can find them easier and finally here helping promote all the awesome books I talk so much about anyway. I hope that through this endeavor one day you also get to hold a book in your hand that means the world to you. My dream is to be an editor, so who knows, maybe one day I will be the mastermind behind one of your favorite books! For now, here we are and thank you for coming on this journey with us!

Hello, hello!

I’m Nox, a mixed-race (Mexican and Black) book lover from Los Angeles who buys way too many books before I finish reading the ones I own (at least, that’s what my grandma says). I love reading books with intersectional identities, especially ones with mixed characters, QTPOC, or books with mental health representation. I also love reading books with great fat representation, and I’m always on the lookout for more!

I co-host the Con Sabor Reading Challenge with Dani, Astrid, and Natalia, and I co-run another project with some friends that’ll be revealed this July! You can also check out my Booktube, Nox Reads, where I have discussion videos and reviews, and even more fun videos to come, or you can check out my blog at Nox the Reader, where I have fun posts like my book rambles and my Sort of Sorted series, where I sort characters into their Avatar the Last Airbender nations.

As someone who’s studying to be a teacher, I someday want to show teenagers the books that they can see themselves represented in. Hear Our Voices feels like a great start to that.

Dani

Hi lovelies!

I am a Mexican aspiring author and book lover. That will scream about books everywhere, specially if I connected with them or saw me in them.

I have a passion for uplifting marginalized authors and happen to be very lucky and part of projects like the Con Sabor Reading Challenge and the Latinx Book Club.

Astrid

Hello! My name is Astrid Pizarro, I am 29 years old. I am from Puerto Rico, I live in Orlando, Florida. I am a book blogger and bookstagrammer. I am also one of the cohosts of the Con Sabor Reading Challenge, TBR Readathon and the Christina Lauren Readalong. I grew up loving reading and writing thanks to my mom. I really enjoyed falling in love with stories, dreaming of a different world, visualizing it too. One of my favorite books is Don’t Date Rosa Santos, it’s the first book in which I could visualize myself in the story due to Rosa’s Latinx background. Another one of my favorite books that I have read recently is We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia. Through the Latinx Squad, I have found so many diverse books that I have enjoyed and loved so much. Hear Our Voices Blog Tours is exactly what I needed to spread the word about so many diverse books and the work of many great, amazing authors. I am so excited to be a part of this incredible team to highlight OwnVoices reviewers and OwnVoices authors.

Natalie

Hello, hello, hello!

I’m a Puerto Rican born and raised currently living in San Diego, California. A soon to be grad student of Children’s Literature who loves reading and championing diverse books. I love reading books with intersecting identities and I love complex characters.

During my short tenure with the Twitter book community, I’ve been part of some amazing initiatives, such as #includedlit which @NataliaDeJesusM and I created to uplift marginalized books and creators. When I’m not writing or talking about books you can find me pursuing creative outlets like drawing, making aesthetics, or journaling. As a Gemini, I have a hard time committing to one hobby so I must do them all!!

Seeing yourself in a book is a feeling like no other and my hopes are that we, at Hear Our Voices, provide readers such as yourself with books that they can see themselves represented in. My dream is to study and contribute to the research of Kidlit and help tear apart the notion that Literature is all about the Classics.