Ms. Desiree Zamorano

California, United States

Member Since: 10/20/2015

Désirée Zamorano's novel THE AMADO WOMEN, 2014, Cinco Puntos Press, is about four women linked by birth, separated by secrets. A Pushcart prize nominee, and award-winning short story author Desiree Zamorano is also proud of having co-authored with her sister two plays commissioned by southern California's Bilingual Foundation for the Arts. "Reina" and "Bell Gardens 90201" received Equity productions and toured for a total of eight years. She has wrestled with culture, identity, and the invisibility of Latinas from early on, and addressed that in her commentaries which have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, NPR's Latino USA and Publishers Weekly. She delights in the exploration of contemporary issues of injustice and inequity, via her mystery series featuring private investigator, Inez Leon,The Amado Women has been listed among 5 Must-Read Books for Summer 2014 by Remezcla, and has been named among Eleven Moving Beach Reads That'll Have You Weeping in Your Pina Colada by Bustle. It was selected as the August 2014 Book of the Month for the Los Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club She is the director of Occidental College's Community Literacy Center where she guides college students as they work with k-8th graders in language arts explorations.


Twitter Username: @LaDeziree


  • The Amado Women , Cinco Puntos Press (July 15, 2014)
  • Human Cargo , Lucky Bats Books (August 1, 2011)


  • Latinidad Mystery of the Year(2011)


  • Director Community Literacy Center at Occidental College (August 2005 - )


  • Master of Arts in Multicultural Education from CSUDH (May 2003)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction