Oriana Peñaranda

My name is Oriana Peñaranda, and I am a Venezuelan immigrant. I grew up in Miami and currently live outside Washington, D.C.

I love books.

My family used to call me a “come libros” because I was always trying to satiate an endless appetite for literature. However, I seldomly saw my experiences as a Latina immigrant represented in the stories I read.

I founded Xolo Books because I want to help people decolonize their reading habits and support BIPOC stories so diversity can become prominent. I want to challenge myself and the Xolo Books community to use our power in uplifting BIPOC voices.