Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author and screenwriter named among Time magazine's "25 Most Influential Hispanics" for her game-changing U.S. Latinx characters and stories.
Born to a Cuban immigrant father and a Native New Mexican mother whose roots there go nine generations deep, Alisa started her writing career as the youngest staff writer ever hired at the Boston Globe, at 24. By 28, she was named the top newspaper magazine essayist in the United States, and had three Pulitzer nominations. This Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism graduate later moved to the Los Angeles Times, where she covered the Latin Music Industry.
After a decade in news, including a short stint as an on-air reporter for WHDH-TV in Boston, for which she earned an Emmy in Public Service Journalism, Alisa sold her first novel, The Dirty Girls Social Club, in a five-publisher bidding war. It debuted on the NY Times bestseller list, and spent 21 weeks there. A dozen novels followed. These works inspired Tom Wolfe to name Alisa an artist in residence at his alma mater, saying she was "the new Tom Wolfe," and spurred Latina Magazine to call Alisa a Woman of the Year.
Alisa is also a musical composer and saxophonist with a bachelor's from Berklee College of Music; she is currently working on a stage musical for Urban Theater in Chicago.