liz gonzález
Writer, Instructor, Funkafizer,
Animal and Nature Lover


liz at huntington library

liz gonzález, a fourth generation Southern Californian, grew up in the San Bernardino Valley. She is the author of Dancing in the Santa Ana Winds: Poems y Cuentos New and Selected forthcoming from Los Nietos Press in July 2018. Now available for pre-order: $12 + $1.75 (shipping).

liz writes poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, and her work has been published widely. Her work will appear or recently appeared in Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California, Inlandia: San Bernardino, the City of Los Angeles 2017 Latino Heritage Month Calendar and Cultural Guide, Litbreak Magazine, Cultural Weekly, Voices from Leimert Park Anthology Redux, The Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes and Shifts of Los Angeles, and Wide Awake: The Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond. She is the author of the limited edition poetry collection Beneath Bone (Manifest Press 2000).

liz's recent awards include a 2017 Residency at Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, a 2017 Arts Council for Long Beach Professional Development Microgrant, and a 2016 Incite / Insight Award from the Arts Council for Long Beach for her work through Uptown Word & Arts. Past awards include a 2014 Irvine Fellowship at the Lucas Artists Residency Program at the Montalvo Arts Center, several Arroyo Art Collective's Poetry in the Windows awards, a Macondo Foundation Casa Azul Writers 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 North Long Beach, California, with her buddies Chacho, a chi mix, and Espresso, a tortie, who keep her company while she's writing, and Jorge Martin, a scientist and musician. She directs Uptown Word & Arts, promoting literacy and the arts in North Long Beach and beyond since 2015; is a member of Macondo Writers Workshop; and serves on the Macondo 2018 Ad Hoc Advisory Board. She is a creative writing instructor for the UCLA Extension Writers' Program.

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liz in Poetry in the Window