R135. SoCal Magical Realism

Gold Salon 4, JW Marriott LA, 1st Floor
Thursday, March 31, 2016
10:30 am to 11:45 am


Magical realism has trickled up the coast from Latin America to the Golden State. Set in reality with magic introduced matter-of-factly, it's less of a genre than a style. Five SoCal writers mix it up with magical elements, most set in SoCal, some speculative. Each reads a sample of work and discusses what magical realism means in his or her writing, followed by a Q&A.



Heather Fowler is the author of one forthcoming magical realist novel entitled Beautiful Ape Girl Baby and two published magical realist story collections, among other work. She is also a playwright, librettist, essayist, and poet. Visit her Twitter @hfowlerwrites or website at www.heatherfowler.com

Ben Loory is the author of the collection Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day, and a picture book for children, The Baseball Player and the Walrus. He is an instructor for the UCLA Extension Writers' Program. @benloory

Bonnie ZoBell won first place in Next Generation's Award for the novella with What Happened Here and authored a fiction chapbook, The Whack-Job Girls. She's received an NEA, the Capricorn Novel Award, a PEN Syn Fiction Award, and an MFA from Columbia University. She teaches at San Diego Mesa College. @bzobell

Andrew Roe is the author of The Miracle Girl. His fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in Tin House, One Story, Glimmer Train, the New York Times, Salon, the Sun, and elsewhere. Find him on Twitter @_AndrewRoe.

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


February 7–10, 2024
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