Authors & Illustrators

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We’re blessed to work with some amazing authors and illustrators. Read on to learn more about them!

Janine Macbeth

Janine started Blood Orange Press to create the books that were missing when she was a child – books that recognize and celebrate diverse families and communities like the ones she grew up in. Since the second grade, Janine has found both a home and a battle ground in books. Books are a world that merge her love of writing and her work as a visual artist, yet to this day, depict a world in which she and the people she knows and loves don’t exist. Janine was born and raised in Oakland, California, where she’s now raising her two sons with their loving father. She identifies as a woman of mixed Asian, Black, white, and Native descent.

Books: Oh, Oh, Baby Boy!

Laurin Mayeno

Laurin is a mixed-race woman, community educator, blogger, and first-time children’s book author. Her son Danny, who loved dressing up as a princess, helped her see the importance of supporting young people who aren’t limited by gender boxes. She founded Out Proud Families to build this support and fill a gap in resources for mixed-race families and families of color.

Books: One of A Kind, Like Me / Único como yo

Robert Liu-Trujillo

Robert is the author and illustrator of Furqan’s First Flat Top. He was born in Oakland, California and raised all across the Bay Area. As a visual artist, a father, and a husband, Rob employs the use of illustration, public art, and storytelling to tell tales. These tales manifest in a variety of forms and they reflect his cultural background, dreams, and political / personal beliefs. Rob’s motivation comes from the desire to unearth beautiful and un-told stories, to be a positive and nurturing influence on his son, and to honor his ancestors and family who worked so hard for him to be here. 

Rob is a co-founder of The Trust Your Struggle Collective, a contributor to Rad Dad,  and the founder of Come Bien Books.

Books: One of A Kind, Like Me / Único como yo

Indira Allegra

Indira explores practices of documentation through poetics and text/ile performance. She is a recipient of Oakland Individual Artist (2015) and Queer Cultural Center grants (2014) and has been honored with the Jackson Literary Award (2014), Lambda Literary Fellowship (2012) and Windgate Craft Fellowship (2015). Her commissions include works for the de Young Museum, SFJAZZ Poetry Festival, the City of Oakland and the National Queer Arts Festival. Allegra’s writing has been widely anthologized, she has contributed works to Cream City Review, HYSTERIA Magazine, make/shift Magazine, Konch Magazine and Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art and Thought among others.

Books: The Blue Flute

Lora Collier Chan

Lora‘s childhood included trips to see her grandparents in a San Francisco Chinatown apartment and an old adobe in Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico. The child of public educators, Lora has worked with youth empowerment programs and foster care advocates. In 2010, she authored Crossing Boundaries: Asian and Pacific Islander American Biographies (2010) with her mother, Irene Dea Collier, and Janine Macbeth. She visits public libraries everywhere she goes in search of good books for her two young sons.

Books: Together Again (working title)