Written By Gabby Rivera, Translated by Eva Ibarzabal
Juliet Respira Profundo is the Spanish translation of Juliet Takes A Breathe, written by Bronx-born Puerto Rican author Gabby Rivera, and translated by Eva Ibarzabal.
Juliet Milagros Palante is a proud, brown and queer Bronx girl heading to Portland, Oregon. Juliet never imagined herself in Portland of all places, but this is where her idol and future mentor Harlowe Brisbane lives.
Juliet is hoping for a magical summer to forget all of the sadness she experiences leaving the Bronx like coming out to her parents at her goodbye dinner and feeling her parents disappointment, especially her mom’s, who’s ultra religious and Juliet believes she won’t speak to her ever again!
Feeling disconnected and hurt, Juliet arrives in Portland ready for change and new adventures, but at her arrival she realizes that Harlowe lives in a hippie community which Harlow embraces. As Juliet adapts to this lifestyle the women in the community teach Juliet about queer culture, social justice, and aspects of American History not taught in schools.
Juliet Respira Profundo is a beautiful coming-of-age story about finding your identity and living authentically as yourself. This story also explores themes such as racism, feminism, sexual orientation, gender identity, heartbreak, and love in all aspects and representation of itself. Juliet Respira Profundo is a bright light from the Bronx to the world!
Awards: Juliet Takes a Breathe:
Gabby Rivera is a Bronx-born queer Puerto Rican. She’s the first Latina to write for Marvel comics, penning the solo series AMERICA about America Chavez, a portal-punching queer Latina powerhouse. In 2017, Gabby was named one of the top comic creators by the SyFy network, and one of NBC’s #Pride30 Innovators.
Translator- Eva Ibabarzabal
Eva Ibarzabal is a Cuban-Puerto Rican translator, writer, media and language consultant. After completing a BA in Modern Languages and a MA in Translation, Eva worked in print media and television for 20 years, winning multiple accolades for the production of Special News Programs. A few years ago, her love for Literature made her switch to Literary Translation. Her works include biographies, fiction and children books. Her English to Spanish Translation of El mundo adorado de Sonia Sotomayor won the International Latino Book Award in 2020.
Gabby Rivera ended her 2019 tour for Juliet Takes a Breathe in her hometown of the Bronx at the Bronx Library Center , here are some photos of that memorable fun day!
Gabby Rivera & Supervising Teen Services Librarian- Elisa A. Garcia
Gabby signed the promotional poster for Juliet Takes A Breathe for the Bronx Library Center collection.
Elisa A. Garcia is a Supervising Librarian of Teen Services at the New York Public Library. She is motivated to foster a love of reading in reluctant teen readers and therefore strives to introduce them to a diverse world and experiences through books. Mentoring new librarians, Elisa has savored the opportunity to broaden her scope in promoting diversity in librarianship by building on her love to help our communities and instilling in others the passion she has for libraries and readers as a whole.