liz gonzalez, Author and Director of Uptown Word & Arts
liz gonzález, MFA, is the author of Dancing in the Santa Ana Winds: Poems y Cuentos New and Selected (Los Nietos Press July 2018). She writes poetry, fiction, and memoir, and her work has been published widely. Her writing will appear in or recently appeared in Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California, Inlandia: San Bernardino, the City of Los Angeles 2017 Latino Heritage Month Calendar and Cultural Guide, Litbreak Magazine, Cultural Weekly, and Inlandia: A Literary Journey, and in the anthologies Voices from Leimert Park Anthology Redux, The Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes and Shifts of Los Angeles, and Wide Awake: The Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond, among others. She is the author of the limited edition collection of poetry, Beneath Bone (Manifest Press 2000).
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 for her work through Uptown Word & Arts.
liz directs Uptown Word & Arts, promoting literacy and the arts in North Long Beach and beyond since 2015. Uptown Word & Arts facilitates free public and private creative writing workshops and organizes and hosts free arts events–literary readings, art exhibits, and music performances—in Southern California. Their mission is to create inclusive 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 who reflect the diverse community; and share the arts with underserved communities.
She is a member of Macondo Writers Workshop and serves on the Macondo 2018 Ad Hoc Advisory Board. She is a creative writing instructor for the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.