Latino Heritage Month at the Autry: LATINOS IN LOTUSLAND
Date / Time:
Saturday, Sep 15, 2012, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Autry in Griffith Park
Museum Admission Rates Apply / Free for Autry Members
Through the works of over 30 authors and spanning sixty years, Latinos in Lotusland: An Anthology of Contemporary Southern California Literature, brings to life the complex and diverse group of Latinos who inhabit Los Angeles. Join us for a panel discussion, moderated by editor of the anthology, Daniel Olivas, and featuring contributing authors Sandra Ramos O'Briant, Estella Gonzalez, Lisa Alvarez, Melinda Palacio, and Michael Jaime-Becerra.
Estella Gonzalez was born and raised in East Los Angeles, which inspires most of her writing. Her work has been anthologized in Latinos in Lotusland: An Anthology of Contemporary Southern California Literature published by Bilingual Press and Kaleidoscope published by Pima Press. Her writing has also appeared in Puerto del Sol, Sandscript and Huizache. She received her BA in English from Northwestern University and her MFA from Cornell University. Currently, she teaches writing at the University of La Verne.
Michael Jayme Becerra
Michael Jayme Becerra
Daniel A. Olivas, a second-generation Angeleno, is the author of six books, including the award-winning novel, The Book of Want (University of Arizona Press). He is also the editor of Latinos in Lotusland: An Anthology of Contemporary Southern California Literature (Bilingual Press), and his writing has been widely anthologized including in Sudden Fiction Latino (W. W. Norton), and New California Writing 2012 (Heyday Books). His fiction, poetry, essays and book reviews have appeared in many publications including the Los Angeles Times, Jewish Journal, California Lawyer, El Paso Times, Exquisite Corpse and La Bloga. By day, Olivas is a supervising attorney with the California Department of Justice, and makes his home in the San Fernando Valley with his wife and son.
Sandra Ramos O'Briant
Sandra Ramos O'Briant's work has appeared in Café Irreal, Flashquake, riverbabble, In Posse, LiteraryMama, Whistling Shade, La Herencia, latinola.com, Label Me Latina/o and The Copperfield Review. In addition, her short stories have been anthologized in Best Lesbian Love Stories of 2004, What Wildness is This: Women Write About the Southwest (University of Texas Press, Spring 2007), Latinos in Lotus Land: An Anthology of Contemporary Southern California Literature, (Bilingual Press, 2008), Hit List: The Best of Latino Mystery (Arte Publico, 2009), and The Mom Egg (Half Shell Press, 2010). Find excerpts from her novel The Sandoval Sisters’ Secret of Old Blood (La Gente Press, August 2012) at www.thesandovalsisters.com.
Following the panel discussion, hear about the new works of Melinda Palacio, Michael Jaime-Becerra, Sandra Ramos-O'Briant, and Daniel Olivas. Includes book signing and reception.
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