S227. Crafting Diversity: Race, Sex, Gender, and Poverty in Working-Class Fiction

D137-138, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Diversity in American fiction has been a central issue in our time. With respect to diversity, working-class fiction is a unique genre that allows readers to see how other issues spring from the topic of diversity. Further, working-class fiction addresses the lives of people that make up the largest socioeconomic class in the U.S., yet writers rarely make this group the focus of their work. These panelists read excerpts of their fiction and discuss how it is shaped by issues of diversity.



Stephen D. Gutierrez is the author of Live from Fresno y Los, and of two mixed collections of stories and essays, Elements and The Mexican Man in His Backyard. He is widely published in both genres and an American Book Award winner. He teaches at California State University East Bay.

Ron Cooper's novels include All My Sins Remembered, Purple Jesus, and The Gospel of the Twin. His poems, stories, and essays have appeared in numerous publications. He teaches at the College of Central Florida.

Gonzalo Baeza is the author of the short story collection La ciudad de los hoteles vacios (The city of vacant hotels). His fiction has been published in The Texas Review, Boulevard, and Estados Hispanos de América, among others.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center