liz gonzalez

Poet, Fiction Writer

Long Beach, CA

Author's Bio

liz gonzález 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 Luna, Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of Californiaand Voices from Leimert Park Anthology ReduxShe was recently featured on, KUCR’s Radio Aztlan, KPCC's Unheard L.A-Baldwin Park, and The Palacio Podcast.

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, and residencies at Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, the Lucas Artists Residency Program, and Hedgebrook.

liz is a creative writing instructor for the UCLA Extension Writers' Program. For over twenty-five years, she has presented her work, given talks, participated on panels, and conducted creative writing workshops at a variety of settings, including universities, conferences, public libraries, community centers, and elementary schools. She founded Uptown Word & Arts, promoting literacy and the arts since 2015, is a proud member of Macondo Writers Workshop, founded by Sandra Cisneros, and served on the Macondo 2018 Ad Hoc Advisory Board. She holds an MFA in English and Creative Writing from Mills College, a BA in Theatre Arts: Acting and Directing from CSU Los Angeles, and an AA in Liberal Arts from San Bernardino Valley College.

liz grew up in the San Bernardino Valley and considers herself bi-regional: Inland Empire and L.A. County. Currently, she lives in Long Beach, California, with an indifferent Chihuahua, a talkative tortie cat, and a scientist/musician.

Publications & Prizes


Women on the Edge: Writing From Los Angeles (Toby Press, 2005)


Voices from Leimert Park Redux Los Angeles Poetry Anthology (Tsehai Publishers, 2017)
The Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes and Shifts of Los Angeles (Northwestern University Press, 2016)
Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond (Beyond Baroque Books, 2015)
Don't Blame the Ugly Mug (Tebot Bach, 2011)
Open Windows: An Anthology of Five Poetry in the Windows Projects (Arroyo Arts Collective, 2005)
So Luminous the Wildflowers (Tebot Bach, 2003)
GRAND PASSION: The Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond (Red Wind Books, 1997)
Beneath Bone (Manifest Press, 2000)
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Speechless the Magazine
Spillway Magazine
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liz's awards include an Arts Council for Long Beach Professional Artist Fellowship, an Elizabeth George Foundation Artistic Grant, and residencies at Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, the Lucas Artists Residency Program, and Hedgebrook.

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San Bernardino Valley, CA
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Last update: May 03, 2019