Gina Ruiz is a writer, poet and book reviewer whose first love has always been books. Gina has maintained several blogs over the years: Doña Lupe’s Kitchen, AmoXcalli, The Camellia Project and Twirling and Typos. Her poetry has been published on Poetic Diversity and her book reviews and articles published on La Bloga and Xispas, two websites with a strong Hispanic/Latino focus.
La Bloga was named Tu Ciudad’s Best Blog of the Year for 2006. Gina is also a columnist with Blogcritics.org and has a regular section entitled Minor Considerations, a column dedicated to Children’s Literature. She has also been a panelist and social media person for the Cybils awards for the past seven years. Currently, she chairs the Young Adult Nonfiction panel. She is a member of SCBWI – Los Angeles Chapter, Linkedin Journalists and Las Comadres Para Las Americas. You can find her on Foodbuzz, Facebook, Twitter , Pinterest and LinkedIn. You can learn more about what she reads on her accounts at LibraryThing and Goodreads. She has a short story in Ban This!, and has a new short story, LORCA GREEN, in the anthology, Lowriting. She is currently working on a novel about La Llorona, for which she was a PEN Emerging Voices Fellowship finalist and is knee-deep in researching the Mexican Revolution.
Gina is also a Verizon Ambassador and posts about their programs and products on her blogs.