Spilling the Beans in Chicanolandia: Conversations with Writers and Artists

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Daniel Olivas

Daniel A. Olivas was born in Los Angeles on April 8, 1959. Along with his four siblings, Olivas was raised by first-generation Mexican émigré parents with an overwhelming sense of the importance of education. They helped drive Olivas to do well in school and eventually gain entry to Stanford University. Always interested in literature and in the craft of writing, he earned his degree in English literature. However, he shelved this interest to follow a career in law. He received his J.D. from UCLA and now works for the California Department of Justice in land use and environmental enforcement law. However, his passion for writing continued to grow. With his professional career fully afloat, he was able to turn once again to writing. When not working as a lawyer, Olivas spends his time writing short stories, novels, poetry, and children’s books. In each of these genres, he constantly challenges storytelling conventions and employs different techniques and subgenres (realism, postmodern metafiction, surrealism, and the fantastical) to explore many different experiences of middle-class Chicano life, as well as interracial love and romance. In his powerful collection of short stories, Assumption and Other Stories (2003), Olivas introduces us to a variety of characters and portrays the complex relationships between Jewish and Chicano middle-class characters. In his historical novel, The Courtship of María Rivera Peña (2000), he stretches the boundaries of the romance and the historical narrative to texture the twentieth-century growth pains of Mexicanizing Los Angeles. In Devil Talk: Stories (2004), he gives a new shape to the Latin American storytelling tradition of the fantasma. In his

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • Introducing a Second Wave of Chicano/a Visual/Verbal Artists 1
  • Francisco X. Alarcón 37
  • Alfred Arteaga 53
  • Ricardo Bracho 69
  • Denise Chávez 79
  • Lucha Corpi 95
  • Dagoberto Gilb 107
  • Jaime Hernandez (of Los Bros Hernandez) 119
  • Juan Felipe Herrera 129
  • Richard Montoya (of Culture Clash) 143
  • Pat Mora 153
  • Cherríe Moraga 167
  • Alejandro Morales 177
  • Michael Nava 187
  • Daniel Olivas 199
  • Cecile Pineda 215
  • Lourdes Portillo 227
  • Luis J. Rodríguez 235
  • Benjamin Alire Sáenz 251
  • Luis Alberto Urrea 261
  • Alfredo Véa Jr 277
  • Alma Luz Villanueva 287
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