e.E. Charlton-Trujillo

Super Sweet Short Bio:

Mexican American filmmaker and author e.E. Charlton-Trujillo has written books for teens and children, most notably Fat Angie, an ALA Stonewall Award Winner, and Prizefighter en Mi Casa, a Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Winner. e.E. is the co-founder of the nonprofit Never Counted Out which empowers at-risk youth via book access and creative mentorship.

Wow, This Is A Super Long Bio:

e.E. Charlton-Trujillo is a Mexican American author, filmmaker, and youth literacy activist. Having spoken at nearly every major book festival and educational conference in United States, the small-town South Texas native is considered one of the most inspiring and dynamic speakers advocating for the empowerment of youth through story.

Trujillo’s novels have been described as “cinematic,” “powerful,” and “necessary.” Tackling topics such as race, class, sexual orientation, gender, neurodiversity, poverty, grief, body positivity, and more, Trujillo writes for the most reluctant reader and for the outsider in all of us. Their first novel, Prizefighter en Mi Casa (2006), won the Parents’ Choice Silver Honor, was a National Council For The Social Studies Notable Book, on the New York Public Library List for The Teenager and winner of the Delacorte Dell Yearling Award. The novel Feels Like Home (2007) is a story “full of grit and poetry” set against the rural South Texas backdrop. It was also selected for the New York Public Library List for the Teenager.

The novel Fat Angie (2015) garnered the American Library Association’s Stonewall Award, the Westchester Fiction Award, was a Lambda Literary Finalist, and was selected as a Choose to Read Ohio Book. The novel Fat Angie: Rebel Girl Revolution (2019) was a Foreword INDIES finalist, and Fat Angie: Homecoming will be published in 2021. Trujillo’s short story “CoCo Chamoy y Chango,” set near the Texas border, will be featured in the highly anticipated youth anthology Living Beyond Borders: Stories of Growing Up Mexican in America (2021), edited by Margarita “Margie” Longoria.

Trujillo’s co-authored picture books Lupe Lopez Rock Star Rules will be published in 2022 and will be followed by Lupe Lopez Reading Rock Star in 2023. Trujillo’s accolades exist beyond the page. Their award-winning documentary At-Risk Summer explores what it means to be a young person on the fringe as told by youth, educators and multiple award-winning authors for kids. From the experience of making that film, Trujillo co-founded Never Counted Out, a nonprofit that cultivates reading and storytelling with at-risk youth. Thus, promoting Trujillo’s ultimate mission to excite the ganas in young people to never feel silenced. Trujillo holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and a master’s in filmmaking from Ohio University.

Sample of Conference & Festival Appearances:

American Library Association Annual Conference
Bay Area Book Festival
Books By The Banks
L.A. Times Festival of Books
Día De Los Niños, Día De Los Libros
North Texas Teen Book Festival
Mansfield Book Festival
McAllen Book Festival
Ohioana Book Festival
Public Library Association Conference
Rochester Teen Book Festival
Summit On The Research & Teaching of YA Lit
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Writer-In-Residence
Texas Book Festival
Texas Library Association Conference
Texas Council of Teachers of English Conference
The Montclair Literacy Festival
University of Illinois-Youth Literature Festival
Vegas Valley Book Festival
Wisconsin Book Festival
YAK Festival
The Betsy Writer-In-Residence
NCTE Main Stage (also featuring: Jason Reynolds, G. Neri, Sharon Draper, Meg Medina)