Group Event: Consuelo Flores, Linda Gamboa, liz gonzález & Frankie Hernandez

When: Back to Calendar » April 14, 2013 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The Last Bookstore welcomes Los Angeles-based writers, Consuelo Flores, Linda Gamboa, liz gonzález, & Frankie Hernandez for a Sunday evening reading…


Consuelo Flores has had a long and established career trajectory of writing and presenting her literary work beginning in the 1980′s with the avant garde performance art group ASCO, and with the Chicana literary and visual art collective L.A. Coyotas in the 1990s. A visual storyteller, she is known for her poetic illustrations of family and culture as well as the rewarding challenges of being born and raised, the last in a family of ten in East Los Angeles.  Her work captures the heartache and exuberance of life and death mixed with social perspective.   She chronicles the passionate journey of a woman searching through difficult, sometimes wounding, but always enlightening circumstances to find her resilient self.  She is a prolific writer of “Day of the Dead” themed work, literary remembrances and celebrations of life, which she incorporates into the written altars she creates as offerings to her dead.  Her graphic novel “Living with the Dead” will be published later this year. Consuelo received her MFA in Creative Writing in 2008 from Antioch University and is the Director of Member Education Programming for the Los Angeles Local of SAG-AFTRA.

Linda Gamboa is a Los Angeles native Chicana poet, artist, mother and grandmother. Being a child of the socially conscious 60’s/70’s, she learned early on how to stand up for her rights. As a young mother in the 80’s she learned the importance of speaking up and being heard by example of her profoundly deaf son who mastered oral language skills against odds given him by educators and audiologists. As the 90’s rolled around she was overcome with the need to be freed from years of holding back thoughts, emotions and expression. With the backdrop of a burning city skyline Linda Gamboa exploded into the Los Angeles poetry scene with a body of no-nonsense writing saturated in a unique witty humor, which she delivered in a knock-out punch fashion. Over the past twenty years Linda Gamboa has appeared at wide array of venues ranging from local coffeehouses, universities, bookstores, arts centers and bars. Although the frequency of her appearances has waned over the last decade she has found a renewed sense of urgency to be heard loud and clear once more.

liz gonzález, a fourth generation Southern Californian, grew up sixty miles east of Los Angeles in San Bernardino County. liz’s poetry, fiction and memoirs have appeared in journals and periodicals such asInlandia: A Literary Journey, BorderSenses, Cooweescoowe, Heliotrope, Luna, Brújula/Compass, Cider Press Review, The San Francisco Chronicle, and New Delta Review. Her work can also be found in the anthologiesDon’t Blame the Ugly Mug Poetry Anthology, Women on the Edge: Writing from Los Angeles, So Luminous the Wildflowers: An Anthology of California Poets, and Grand Passion: The Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond.She is the author of the limited edition chapbook Beneath Bone, published by Manifest Press (2000). liz’s awards include a Macondo Foundation Casa Azul Writer’s Residency, the Arts Council for Long Beach’s 2005 Professional Artist Fellowship, a fiction writers grant from The Elizabeth George Foundation, and a residency at Hedgebrook: A Retreat for Women Writers. As the 1999/2000 Writer in Residence at the Phoenix College Creative Writing Program, she curated and organized literary readings by Writing Program students and established writers. Since 1993, liz has conducted creative writing workshops, organized literary readings, and performed her poetry, fiction, and memoirs in universities, community colleges, libraries, high schools, community centers, and other venues throughout the Southwest and West. She is a member of the Macondo Writing Workshop, founded by Sandra Cisneros. liz earned an M.F.A. in English and Creative Writing at Mills College. Currently, she lives in Long Beach with her dog Chacho and teaches creative writing at community centers, in private workshops, and through the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.

Frankie Hernandez is an award winning TV and film producer. Writing is something she is compelled to do and is her passion. Frankie has followed her heart from the streets of East LA where she was born and raised, to Malibu where she is raising her second and youngest daughter. As a middle aged divorcee living in Malibu, Frankie sometimes found herself in the same dating pool as her eldest 20 something daughter. This inspired Frankie to write her first script, “The Other Side of Pretty” film and TV script which is a fun, poignant insight into today’s dating culture.