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. A focus in her writing is to share stories in different genres about Mexican immigrants and Mexican Americans in the United States— their contributions to and rich history in this country--stories missing in literature and history books. These stories are based on her maternal grandfather's experiences growing up as a Mexican immigrant in the Midwest in the early 1900's, her maternal Grandmother's experiences growing up in the Westside, San Bernardino, in the 1920's, and her own experiences.

liz writes poetry, fiction, and memoir, and her work has been published widely. Her work will appear in or recently appeared in Inlandia: San Bernardino, the City of Los Angeles 2017 Latino Heritage Month Calendar and Cultural Guide, 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, 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 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 Long Beach, California, with Chacho, a Chihuahua mix dog and Espresso, a tortie cat. She directs Uptown Word & Arts, promoting literacy and the arts in Southern California, and is a member of Macondo Writers Workshop. She is a writing consultant and coach, a creative writing workshop facilitator, and a creative writing instructor through 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