Daniel A. Olivas
Daniel Olivas has been steadily developing into one of the primary voices of Latino literature's new wave. Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The Hummingbird's Daughter

Daniel A. Olivas is "one of the best and most original Hispanic American authors working today."  —The Midwest Book Review

"Olivas is adept at establishing character in a sentence or two; he creates an image, a moment of self-deception, in which we come to know these characters intimately and easily imagine their entire lives..."
—The Los Angeles Times

"Daniel A. Olivas is the unofficial literary ambassador of Latino L.A."
—My Latino Voice

"Olivas is emerging as an important voice in the social and magical realist tradition
of Luis Alberto Urrea,
Gabriel García Márquez
and Sandra Cisneros."
—High Country News
Daniel is the author of seven books including the award-winning novel, The Book of Want (University of Arizona Press, 2011). He is also editor of the landmark anthology, Latinos in Lotusland (Bilingual Press, 2008), which brings together 60 years of Los Angeles fiction by Latin@ writers. His newest book is Things We Do Not Talk About: Exploring Latino/a Literature through Essays and Interviews (San Diego State University Press, forthcoming June 2014). Daniel has been widely anthologized including in Sudden Fiction Latino and Hint Fiction (both from W. W. Norton, 2010), and New California Writing (Heyday Books, 2012).

Daniel has written for many publications including The New York Times, El Paso Times, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Daily Journal, High Country News, LAObserved, Jewish Journal, and California Lawyer. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in many literary journals including Exquisite Corpse, PANK, Pilgrimage, Fairy Tale Review, The MacGuffin, PALABRA, New Madrid, THEMA, Bilingual Review, and Pembroke. He shares blogging duties on La Bloga which is dedicated to Chican@ and Latin@ literature.

Daniel, the grandson of Mexican immigrants, grew up near the Pico-Union and Koreatown neighborhoods of Los Angeles. He now makes his home in the San Fernando Valley with his wife and son. Daniel received his degree in English literature from Stanford University and law degree from UCLA. By day, he is an attorney with the California Department of Justice in the Public Rights Division.
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Things We Do Not Talk About: Exploring Latino/a Literature
through Essays and Interviews (San Diego State University Press, forthcoming)
The Book of Want: A Novel (University of Arizona Press, 2011)
Anywhere But L.A.: Stories (Bilingual Press, 2009)
Latinos in Lotusland (Bilingual Press, 2008), editor
Benjamin and the Word (Arte Público Press, 2005)
Devil Talk: Stories (Bilingual Press, 2004)
Assumption and Other Stories (Bilingual Press, 2003)
The Courtship of María Rivera Peña (Silver Lake Publishing, 2000)

ANTHOLOGIES (contributor):
New California Writing 2012 (Heyday Books, 2012)
You Don't Have a Clue (Arte Público Press, 2011)
Sudden Fiction Latino (W.W. Norton, 2010)
Hint Fiction (W. W. Norton, 2010)
Mamas and Papas (City Works Press, 2010)
A Poet's Haggadah (CreateSpace, 2008)
Hate Crimes (Thomson/Greenhaven, 2007)
You Have Time for This (Ooligan Press, 2007)
Love to Mama (Lee & Low Books, 2001)
Fantasmas (Bilingual Press, 2001)
Nemeton: A Fables Anthology (Silver Lake Publishing, 2000)

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Coming Soon:

Things We Do Not Talk About:
Exploring Latino/a Literature through Essays and Interviews

By Daniel A. Olivas
Published by San Diego State University Press

Cover art by Perry Vasquez
About Things We Do Not Talk About:

In this candid and wide-ranging collection of personal essays and interviews, award-winning author Daniel A. Olivas explores Latino/a literature at the dawn of the 21st century.

While his essays address a broad spectrum of topics from the Mexican-American experience to the Holocaust, Olivas always returns to and wrestles with queries that have no easy answers: How does his identity as a Chicano reflect itself through his writing?  What issues and subjects are worth exploring?  How do readers react to the final results?  Can literature affect political discourse and our daily lives?

Olivas has explored similar questions through almost a decade’s worth of interviews with Latino/a authors that have appeared in various online literary publications.  While professors and students alike have already relied upon many of the interviews as source material for scholarly examination, twenty-eight of these incisive and frank dialogues are now collected in one volume for the first time.  Olivas dives deep to discover how these authors create prose and poetry while juggling families, facing bigotry, struggling with writer’s block, and deciphering a fickle publishing industry.  This roster of interview subjects is a who’s who of contemporary Latino/a literature:

Aaron A. Abeyta • Daniel Alarcón • Francisco Aragón
Gustavo Arellano • Gregg Barrios • Richard Blanco • Margo Candela Susana Chávez-Silverman • Sandra Cisneros • Carlos E. Cortés Carmen Giménez Smith • Ray González • Rigoberto González
Octavio González • Reyna Grande • Myriam Gurba • Rubén Martínez Michael Luis Medrano • Aaron Michael Morales • Manuel Muñoz
Salvador Plascencia • Sam Quinones • Ilan Stavans • Héctor Tobar
Justin Torres • Sergio Troncoso • Luis Alberto Urrea
Helena María Viramontes

Things We Do Not Talk About will undoubtedly become a natural companion to the study and enjoyment of contemporary Latino/a literature.