Writers From Los Angeles “Greater”
Susana Chávez-Silverman, Daniel Olivas, Aaron Kunin, and Ramón García read works of fiction and poetry that question location and the meaning of “place”.
“What does it mean to represent the “greater” L.A. area in writing that is not confined by monolingualism and established ideas of geography and physical location? Writers from Los Angeles “greater” explore the possibilities of language and the multiplicities of locations that represent contemporary L.A., beyond its centers and margins.”
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Susana Chávez-Silverman is co-editor of Tropicalizations: Transcultural Representations of Latinidad and Reading and Writing the Ambiente: Queer Sexualities in Latino, Latin American, and Spanish Culture. Her bilingual creative non-fiction books, Killer Crónicas: Bilingual Memories (2004) and Scenes from la Cuenca de Los Angeles y otros Natural Disasters (2010) have been anthologized in print, in the inaugural Norton Anthology of Latino Literature (2010) among others, and online, where audio versions are also available. Susana is professor of Romance Languages and Literatures at Pomona College in California.
Daniel Olivas is the author of six books including, most recently, an award winning novel, The Book of Want (University of Arizona Press). He is also the editor of Latinos in Lotusland (Bilingual Press), which brings together 60 years of Los Angeles fiction by Latino and Latina writers. By day, he is a Supervising Deputy Attorney General with the California Department of Justice and works just down the street in the Reagan Building.
Aaron Kunin is the author of The Sore Throat and Other Poems (2010). Grace Period, a collection of aphorisms, sketches, and fragments, is forthcoming. He lives in Los Angeles.
Ramón García’s book of poetry Other Countries was published by What Books Press in 2010. He is the author of a forthcoming book-length monograph on the documentary photographer Ricardo Valverde, to be published by the University of Minnesota Press. His work has appeared in Best American Poetry 1996, Ambit, Poetry Salzburg Review, Los Angeles Review and Mandorla: New Writing from the Americas. A founding member of the Glass Table Collective, an artist collective in Los Angeles, he is a Professor at the California State University, Northridge and lives in downtown Los Angeles.