liz gonzález, MFA, is a fourth generation Southern Californian. She writes poetry, fiction, and memoir, and her work has been published widely. One of the focuses in her writing is to share stories in different genres about Mexican immigrants and Mexican Americans in the United States—American stories missing in literature and history books. These stories are based on her maternal grandfather’s experiences growing up as a Mexican immigrant in the Midwest in the early 1900’s, her maternal grandmother’s experiences growing up in the Westside, San Bernardino, in the 1920’s, and her own experiences.
liz’s writing will appear in or recently appeared in Inlandia: San Bernardino, the City of Los Angeles 2017 Latino Heritage Month Calendar and Cultural Guide, Litbreak Magazine, Askew Poetry Journal, Cultural Weekly, and Inlandia: A Literary Journey, 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 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 Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, 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 Writers 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.
liz directs Uptown Word & Arts, promoting literacy and the arts in Southern California. She has been active in the Southern California literary, theater, art, and music scene since 1990 and has over twenty-five years experience coordinating literary and arts events and facilitating creative writing workshops. She’s facilitated creative writing workshops at a variety of settings for participants of different ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Uptown Word & Arts’ mission is to create spaces where writers, artists, musicians, and community members of all backgrounds and ages can engage and build community; foster literacy development, a passion for literature and the arts, and creative and self expression; feature and support authors and artists from underrepresented groups and that reflect the diverse community in Long Beach; and share the arts with underserved communities.
Currently, liz lives and creates in North Long Beach with Chacho, a Chihuahua mix, Espresso, a tortie, and Jorge Martin, a scientist and musician. She is a member of Macondo Writers Workshop and serves on the Macondo 2018 ad hoc advisory board. She is a writing consultant and coach, a creative writing workshop facilitator, and a creative writing instructor through the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.