F279. Latinos in Lotusland: An Anthology of Contemporary Southern California Literature

Room 407, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Friday, April 1, 2016
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm

 

Latinos in Lotusland: An Anthology of Contemporary Southern California Literature is a landmark anthology spanning 60 years of Los Angeles fiction that includes the work of thirty-four Latina/o writers. We're introduced to a myriad of lives that defy stereotypes and shatter any preconceptions of what it means to be Latina/o in the City of Angels. These actors perform on a stage set with palm trees, freeways, mountains, and sand in communities from East LA and El Sereno to Malibu and Hollywood.

Moderator:

Daniel Olivas is the author of seven books including The Book of Want: A Novel. He is the editor of the anthology, Latinos in Lotusland, and has been widely anthologized. Olivas has also written for the Los Angeles Review of Books, the New York Times, La Bloga, and the Los Angeles Times.@olivasdan

Reyna Grande is the author of the novels Across a Hundred Mountains and Dancing with Butterflies, for which she received several awards including an American Book Award. Her third book, The Distance Between Us, is a memoir about her life before and after illegally immigrating from Mexico to the US.

Melanie González is a freelance writer, and also writes fiction and poetry. Her work has appeared in Cipactli and La Revolución de los Píromanos as part of the Laboratorio de Escritura de las Américas in Argentina. She holds a BA in Latin American literature from San Francisco State University.

Alejandro Morales has a BA from California State University, Los Angeles, and a PhD from Rutgers University. Morales's literary works are Caras viejas y vino nuevo/Barrio on the Edge; La Verdad sin voz; Reto en el paraíso; The Brick People; The Rag Doll Plagues; Pequeña nación; Waiting to Happen; The Captain of All These Men of Death; River of Angels; and Little Nation.

Michael Jaime-Becerra is from El Monte, California. The author of Every Night Is Ladies' Night, a collection of stories awarded a California Book Award, and This Time Tomorrow, a novel awarded an International Latino Book Award, he also teaches creative writing at University of California, Riverside.

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