F179. Chicana/o Noir: Murder, Mayhem and Mexican Americans

Room 602/603, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Friday, February 28, 2014
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


While many fans of noir fiction can tick off such names as Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and Ross Macdonald, Chicana/o authors have emerged during the last several decades as expert practitioners of this very American literary form. Indeed, the line between literary and noir fiction has blurred virtually into extinction. The Chicana/o gumshoe is no longer new, but the panelists continue to stretch the form to include a more diverse universe of characters and subject matter.



Daniel Olivas is the author of six books including The Book of Want: A Novel. He is the editor of the anthology, Latinos in Lotusland, and has been widely anthologized including in You Don't Have a Clue: Latino Mystery Stories for Teens. He has written for The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times.

Lucha Corpi is a poet and novelist. Four of her novels feature Chicana detective Gloria Damasco: Eulogy for a Brown Angel, Cactus Blood, Black Widow's Wardrobe, and Death at Solstice. She is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and an Oakland Cultural Arts fellowship.

Michael Nava is the author of a series of mysteries featuring Henry Rios, a gay Latino criminal defense lawyer. The novels won six Lambda Literary awards. His new novel, The City of Palaces, appears in Spring 2014. http://michaelnavawriter.com

Manuel Ramos has published eight novels and he is recipient of many honors including the Chicano/Latino Literary Award. His debut novel, The Ballad of Rocky Ruiz, was a finalist for the Edgar award. She is a co-founder of and contributor to La Bloga, and her most recent novel is Desperado: A Mile High Noir.

Sarah Cortez is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters. An award-winning author, as well as editor, she is best remembered for her poetry about the job of urban police officers. She has nine published volumes in the genres of fiction, essay, and poetry.  www.poetacortez.com


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