Daniel Olivas

Poet, Fiction Writer, Creative Nonfiction Writer

Pasadena, CA 91105
(213) 425-3991

Author's Bio

Daniel is the author of nine books and editor of the anthology, "Latinos in Lotusland" (Bilingual Press), and co-editor of "The Coiled Serpent" (Tia Chucha Press). He has written for many literary journals and for other publications such as The New York Times, El Paso Times, Los Angeles Times, Jewish Journal, Los Angeles Review of Books, BOMB, and High Country News. Daniel shares blogging duties on La Bloga, which is dedicated to Chicanx and Latinx literature. He earned his degree in English literature from Stanford University, and law degree from UCLA. By day, Daniel is an attorney with the California Department of Justice in the Public Rights Division. On Twitter @olivasdan.

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

Things We Do Not Talk About: Exploring Latino/a Literature through Essays and Interviews (San Diego State University Press, 2014)


New California Writing (Heyday Books, 2012)
Hint Fiction (W. W. Norton & Company, 2010)
Sudden Fiction Latino (W. W. Norton & Company, 2010)
You Have Time for This (Ooligan Press, 2007)
Fantasmas (Bilingual Review Press, 2001)
Nemeton: A Fables Anthology (Silver Lake Publishing, 2000)
The King of Lighting Fixtures: Stories (University of Arizona Press, 2017)
The Book of Want: A Novel (University of Arizona Press, 2011)
Anywhere But L.A.: Stories (Bilingual Review Press, 2009)
Benjamin and the Word (Arte Público Press, 2005)
Devil Talk: Stories (Bilingual Review Press, 2004)
Assumption and Other Stories (Bilingual Review Press, 2003)
The Courtship of Maria Rivera Pena (Silver Lake Publishing, 2000)
Exquisite Corpse
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Feast: Poetry and Recipes for a Full Seating at Dinner (Black Lawrence Press, 2015)
Love to Mama (Lee & Low Books, 2001)
Crossing the Border: Collected Poems (Pact Press, 2017)
The Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes and Shifts of Los Angeles (Tia Chucha Press, 2016)
Red River Review
Web del Sol
Prizes won: 

Awarded the Silver Medal for Multicultural Adult Fiction, 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards; First Place winner, Romantic Comedy category, 2012 Latino Books into Movies contest; Semifinalist, Virginia Commonwealth University Cabell First Novelist Award; Honorable Mention, International Latino Book Awards, Best Popular Fiction - English.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Los Angeles
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Last update: Apr 22, 2020