Somos Los Angeles: Chicano Hearts - Meet Daniel Olivas, Luis Rodriguez & Estella González with stories from the beating heart of Los Angeles....

9 August 2024

Join us at The William Turner Gallery in Santa Monica, food truck & drinks, plus meet and mingle with authors Daniel Olivas, Luis Rodriguez & Estella González! 90 minute performance with actor Richard Cabral & more TBA.

Somos Los Angeles: Chicano Hearts


9 August 2024 Friday 5:30pm to 8:00pm (LA)

Immerse yourself in the Chicano culture of Los Angeles through the lens of some of LA's finest authors. Step into their stories with actors TBA. Books will be available for sale from Small World Books. Join us for a complimentary drinks reception prior to the performances. Pick up copies of these authors books, available courtesy of Small World, one of the great Independent Booksellers.

Join us at The William Turner Gallery in Santa Monica at 5:30 pm. Taco truck (food for purchase) an a complimentary drinks reception and book signings. Meet and mingle with authors Daniel Olivas just days after the publication of his new book, My Chicano Heart: New and Collected Stories, plus former Poet Laureate of Los Angeles Luis Rodriguez, and writer and poet Estella González! Performances of their stories begin at 6:30 pm. Actors include Richard Cabral & more TBA!


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Richard Cabral & more TBA!


This evening will feature three wonderful Los Angeles-based authors and poets who will each be reading one of their own poems, in addition to the readings of their stories by a cast of actors soon to be announced!


“Daniel Olivas is a real modern-day superhero. Land use and conservation attorney by day and poet, playwright, fiction author, editor, and essayist by night, Olivas works relentlessly to transform our world for the better.” – American Book Review. Daniel A. Olivas, the grandson of Mexican immigrants, is a fiction writer, poet, playwright, book critic, and attorney. He is the author of 12 books and editor of two anthologies. Daniel’s books include My Chicano Heart: New and Collected Stories of Love and Other Transgressions (University of Nevada Press, 2024), Chicano Frankenstein: A Novel (Forest Avenue Press, 2024), How to Date a Flying Mexican: New and Collected Stories (University of Nevada Press, 2022), Crossing the Border: Collected Poems (Pact Press, 2017), and Things We Do Not Talk About: Exploring Latino/a Literature through Essays and Interviews (San Diego State University Press, 2014).


Estella González is the author of the award-winning short story collection, Chola Salvation, published by Arte Público Press in April 2021 and novel, Huizache Women, published October 31, 2023. Her stories have been published by Kweli Journal, Huizache, Asteri(x) Journal, and other literary journals. Her poetry has been anthologized in What They Leave Behind: A Latinx Anthology and Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse by Lost Horse Press. Estella González is a first-gen Chicana born and raised in East Los Angeles which inspires her writing. She received her B.A. in English from Northwestern University and her MFA in fiction from Cornell University. She lives in Tucson with her husband and two cats.


Luis Rodriguez served as the official Poet Laureate of Los Angeles from 2014-2016. For Luis poetry is soul talk, a prophetic act, a powerful means to enlarge one’s presence in the world. Luis is also a novelist/memoirist/short story writer/children’s book writer/essayist as well as a community & urban peace activist, mentor, healer, youth & arts advocate, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He has 16 books in all genres (poetry, children’s books, fiction, and nonfiction), including the best-selling memoir, Always Running, La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A. His latest memoir is the sequel, It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing. His last poetry book is 2016’s Borrowed Bones from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press. In 2020, Seven Stories Press released his first book of essays, From Our Land to Our Land: Essays, Journeys & Imaginings from a Native Xicanx Writer.

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