Hi! My name is Roberta M. Rivera, and I'm the Regional Advisor for the SCBWI Long Island Region of New York. I'm an Illustrator, Writer, Television, and book designer, and a former preschool and art teacher. Being a visual book creator for children's books is my passion and life.
Assistant Regional Advisor
I am originally from upstate New York. I went to SUNY/Oneonta majoring in Theatre Arts, where I met Karen, whom I have been married to for over 30 years. I moved to Long Island in the early 80’s where I worked as an Industrial Designer for 34 years. I currently operate out of my studio – FanCatStic - located in Huntington Station. My art is primarily focused on cats. I tend to see cats in everything. I work in all media and work with found objects to “Bring out the Cat” in them in a folksy, whimsical way.
Regional Illustrator Coordinator
I am an illustrator/author working towards my first picture book. I have always been fascinated that art can convey both story and emotions in a single picture. I am a librarian by trade, with degrees in education and art, and have worked in both digital and traditional media, with a true fondness for linework. I am the Illustration Coordinator for the Long Island chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, where I contribute newsletter articles about art tips and techniques and hold weekly Zoom meetings for our members.