liz gonzalez, Author and Director of Uptown Word & Arts

liz gonzález, a fourth-generation Southern Californian, grew up in the San Bernardino Valley. She is the author of Dancing in the Santa Ana Winds: Poems y Cuentos New and Selected (Los Nietos Press 2018) and the poetry collection Beneath Bone (Manifest Press 2000). Her poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction have been published widely and recently appeared in Voices de la Lunathe City of Los Angeles 2017 Latino Heritage Month Calendar and Cultural Guide, and Litbreak Magazineand in the anthologies, Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California and Voices from Leimert Park Anthology Redux.

Her awards include an Arts Council for Long Beach Incite / Insight Award, an Arts Council for Long Beach Professional Artist Fellowship, an Elizabeth George Foundation Artistic Grant, a Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts Residency, an Irvine Fellowship at the Lucas Artists Residency Program, a Macondo Casa Azul Writers Residency, and a Hedgebrook residency.

liz is a creative writing instructor for the UCLA Extension Writers Program. She holds an MFA in English and Creative Writing from Mills College and a BA in Theatre Arts: Acting and Directing from CSU Los Angeles. She directs Uptown Word & Arts, promoting literacy and the arts since 2015, is a member of Macondo Writers Workshop, and served on the Macondo 2018 Ad Hoc Advisory Board.

liz lives in North Long Beach, California, with an indifferent mix breed chihuahua, a talkative tortie cat, and Jorge Martin, a scientist and musician.


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Contact Information

liz gonzález email: beneathbone at yahoo

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Artist Work

Dancing in the Santa Ana Winds: Poems y Cuentos New and Selected (2018)
In Dancing in the Santa Ana Winds, liz explores memories, pivotal experiences, and cultural influences that shaped her. Set against the diverse landscapes of the San Bernardino Valley and Los Angeles, these richly textured and sometimes humorous works, real and imagined, illuminate the trials and beauty of girls’ and women’s journeys to reclaim themselves.

Link to Dancing in the Santa Ana Winds: Poems y Cuentos New and Selected

Grandma and I Bonded Over Poetry (2018)
Performance of a personal story at Unheard LA-Live in Baldwin Park

Unheard LA - live in Baldwin Park (ep.6)

Our second season of "Unheard L.A." continued at the Performing Arts Center of Baldwin Park. It was KPCC In Person's first-ever live event in Baldwin Park, and we were excited to bring "Unheard L.A." to this growing town, which has come a long way since its days as a cattle grazing land for the San Gabriel Mission.

The Summer Before 9th Grade (2018)
Poem published in La Bloga

Link to The Summer Before 9th Grade

Menudo vs Hotdogs (2018)
Poem published in Voices de la Luna: A Quarterly Literature & Arts Magazine

Link to Menudo vs Hotdogs