August 16th, 2017: liz gonzalez

Liz!liz gonzález, a fourth generation Southern Californian, grew up in the San Bernardino Valley. Her poetry, fiction, and memoirs have been published widely. Her poems recently appeared or are forthcoming in Askew Poetry Journal, Cultural Weekly, and in the anthologies Voices from Leimert Park Anthology Redux, 2016 Writing from Inlandia, The Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes and Shifts of Los Angeles, and Wide Awake: The Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond. Her fiction is forthcoming or recently appeared inLitbreak Magazine and Inlandia: A Literary Journey. Her poem "Buñuelos" was the inaugural poem in the Words in the Window series at 6021 Atlantic Arts Space.

liz's recent awards include a 2017 Residency at Kimmel Nelson Harding Center for the Arts, where she conducted research in the Midwest for a book project, a 2017 Arts Council for Long Beach Professional Development Microgrant, and a 2016 Incite / Insight Award from the Arts Council for Long Beach. Past awards include a 2014 Irvine Fellowship at the Lucas Artists Residency Program at the Montalvo Arts Center, an Honorable Mention in Arroyo Art Collective’s Poetry in the Windows VI, a Macondo Foundation Casa Azul Writer's Residency, a residency at Hedgebrook: A Retreat for Women Writers, an Arts Council for Long Beach Professional Artist Fellowship, and a fiction writers grant from The Elizabeth George Foundation.

Currently, liz lives in Long Beach, California, with her Jack Chi buddy Chacho and sound artist Jorge Martin. She directs Uptown Word & Arts, promoting literacy and the arts in North Long Beach, and is a member of Macondo Writers Workshop. She is a writing consultant and coach, a facilitator of free community creative writing workshops, and a creative writing instructor at the UCLA Extension Writers' Program.

liz earned an M.F.A. in English and Creative Writing at Mills College and a BA in Theatre Arts: Acting and Directing at California State University, Los Angeles. She has also participated in creative writing workshops facilitated by Sandra Cisneros, Richard Bausch, Carla Trujillo, Jessica Barksdale Inclan, Ai, Ray Gonzalez, Aleida Rodriguez, Dorianne Laux, Lucille Clifton, Sharon Olds, Jack Gilbert, Suzanne Lummis, Bill Mohr, and other poets and writers.