Growing up a mixed-race tomboy raised by a poor single mother in the Midwest, Jesenia Ruiz knows what it’s like to be caught between cultures -- white and Latinx, masculine and feminine, rich and poor, privilege and oppression -- and wrestles with ideas of gender, diaspora, and identity in her work. Currently a Writers’ Assistant on Queen of the South, Ruiz was a Story Editor on Good Witch and has also written three Lifetime Network thrillers. Ruiz is a graduate of USC’s MFA in Screenwriting Program and two NHMC TV Writers’ fellowships.
ENTRE NOS (BETWEEN US)
With her Mexican family divided by the border and her brother Renato recently deported, oldest daughter Lupita works to reunite her family and raise her younger siblings on her own while Renato starts a new life with his parents in Mexico.
LAS CHICAS MUERTAS (THE DEAD GIRLS)
Las Chicas Muertas (The Dead Girls) is a all-Latina goth punk band ready to take the LA music scene by storm. The only problem is — they suck. But the band’s eternally optimistic lead guitarist is determined to follow her dreams no matter what.
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