liz gonzález
Writer, Writing Coach and Consultant, and Instructor


liz at huntington library

liz gonzález, a fourth generation Southern Californian, grew up in the San Bernardino Valley. One of the focuses in her current writing projects is to share stories about Mexican immigrants and Mexican Americans in the United States— their contributions to this country, daily lives, and struggles—stories missing in literature and history books. These stories are based on her maternal grandfather's unpublished memoir about growing up as a Mexican immigrant in the Midwest in the early 1900's, her maternal Grandmother's oral history about growing up in the Westside, San Bernardino, in the 1920's, and writing her own memoirs in different genres.

Her poetry, fiction, and memoirs have been published widely. Her work will appear in or recently appeared in Indlandia: San Bernardino, Litbreak Magazine, Askew Poetry Journal, Cultural Weekly, and Inlandia: A Literary Journey, and in the anthologies Voices from Leimert Park Anthology Redux, 2016 Writing from Inlandia, The Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes and Shifts of Los Angeles, and Wide Awake: The Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond. Her poem "Buñuelos" was the inaugural poem in the Words in the Window series at 6021 Atlantic Arts Space.

liz's recent awards include a 2017 Residency at Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, where she conducted research in the Midwest for a book project, a 2017 Arts Council for Long Beach Professional Development Microgrant, and a 2016 Incite / Insight Award from the Arts Council for Long Beach. Past awards include a 2014 Irvine Fellowship at the Lucas Artists Residency Program at the Montalvo Arts Center, an Honorable Mention in Arroyo Art Collective’s Poetry in the Windows VI, a Macondo Foundation Casa Azul Writer's Residency, a residency at Hedgebrook: A Retreat for Women Writers, an Arts Council for Long Beach Professional Artist Fellowship, and a fiction writers grant from The Elizabeth George Foundation.

Currently, liz lives in Long Beach, California, with her Jack Chi buddy Chacho and sound artist partner Jorge Martin. She directs Uptown Word & Arts, promoting literacy and the arts in North Long Beach, and is a member of Macondo Writers Workshop. She is a writing consultant and coach, a facilitator of free community creative writing workshops at a variety of venues, and a creative writing instructor at Angels Gate Cultural Center the UCLA Extension Writers' Program.

liz earned an M.F.A. at Mills College and a BA at California State University, Los Angeles. She has also participated in creative writing workshops facilitated by Sandra Cisneros, Richard Bausch, Carla Trujillo, Jessica Barksdale Inclan, Ai, Ray Gonzalez, Aleida Rodriguez, Dorianne Laux, Lucille Clifton, Sharon Olds, Jack Gilbert, Suzanne Lummis, Bill Mohr, among others.

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liz in Poetry in the Window