Daniel A. Olivas


Spectrum News did a story on Playwrights' Arena's production of my play, Waiting. And Spectrum News also interviewed me about the play.

A streamed reading of my play, Waiting for Godínez, was part of The Road Theatre's Summer Playwrights Festival and may be watched on YouTube. The post-reading interview is also available.

The University of Nevada Press will publish my newest book, How to Date a Flying Mexican: New and Collected Stories. More details soon.

LibroMobile reviews The King of Lighting Fixtures.

Broadway World announces the cast for my play, Waiting.

Waiting will have its world premiere with Playwrights' Arena on July 24, 2021. Waiting is a shorter, pandemic version of my full-length play, Waiting for Godínez.

The University of Arizona Press interviewed me about adapting my novel, The Book of Want, for the stage.

My Beckett-inspired play Waiting for Godínez is featured in The Road Theatre's 12th Annual Summer Playwrights Festival. My director is Sara Guerrero. My play will stream on Sunday, July 25, 6:00 p.m. PT. The full schedule and information on how you may tune in can be found in this Broadway World article.

I adapted my novel, The Book of Want (2011), into a full-length play which will stream online for free in a virtual reading on June 21, 7:00 p.m. Circle X Theatre Co. will present my play as part of its reading series from its Evolving Playwrights Group. You may RSVP by following the directions in this Broadway World article.

Beckett's Babies interviewed me about playwriting, creating Chicanx characters, becoming a writer without an MFA, and more. The hosts, Sam Collier and Sarah Cho, are accomplished playwrights who met at the Iowa Playwrights Workshop.

I was interviewed for The Subtext to discuss a play that "filled me up." Listen to me and other playwrights share our memories with Brian James Polak.

My first full-length play, Waiting for Godínez, was selected for the Playwrights' Arena Summer Reading Series in Los Angeles, and was performed on July 5, 2020, via a Zoom reading directed by Dr. Daphnie Sicre.

I was selected for Circle X Theatre's inaugural Evolving Playwrights Group where I will be adapting my 2011 novel The Book of Want for the stage with a planned reading in 2021.

Latino Book Review reviews The King of Lighting Fixtures.

The Rumpus interviews me about The King of Lighting Fixtures.

La Bloga reviews The King of Lighting Fixtures.

Shelf Awareness reviews The King of Lighting Fixtures.

The Nervous Breakdown features me in the self-interview feature with an excerpt from The King of Lighting Fixtures.

Latin@ Literatures interviews me about The King of Lighting Fixtures.

Los Angeles Times interviews me about The King of Lighting Fixtures.

NBC News reviews The King of Lighting Fixtures.

The Fiction Advocate publishes an excerpt from The King of Lighting Fixtures.

Kirkus reviews The King of Lighting Fixtures.

Foreword Reviews reviews The King of Lighting Fixtures.

Blog on the Hyphen reviews Crossing the Border.

La Bloga reviews Crossing the Border.

Pact Press interviews me about my debut poetry collection.

Los Angeles Review of Books interviews me and co-editor Ruben Rodriguez (podcast) regarding the Coiled Serpent poetry anthology (Tia Chucha Press, 2016).

Fourth & Sycamore interviews me about Things We Do Not Talk About (San Diego State University Press, 2014).

Heather Fowler inteviews me over at Fictionaut about my novel, The Book of Want.

My book Things We Do Not Talk About (San Diego State University Press) was an Honorable Mention in the nonfiction category of the 2015 International Latino Book Awards.

The Fairy Tale Review interviews me about my story “The Last Dream of Pánfilo Velasco” that appeared in the review's Emerald Issue (2014).

Madeleine Brand interviews me on KCRW's Press Play to discuss Things We Do Not Talk About.

Aztec Paper interviews me about my first nonfiction book, Things We Do Not Talk About (San Diego State University Press).

The Latino Author website interviews me about my novel, The Book of Want.

The Book of Want is a semifinalistVirginia Commonwealth University Cabell First Novelist Award.

The Book of Want wins the silver medal in the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards, in the category of Multicultural Fiction Adult.  For a complete list of winners, visit here.

The Book of Want wins first place: On April 21, 2012, at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, my novel, The Book of Want (University of Arizona Press, 2011), was awarded first place in the romantic comedy category of the Latino Books into Movies contest sponsored by Latino Literacy Now and the Latino Book & Family Festival.  The novel will now be considered by producers for potential film treatment.

New anthology: A chapter from The Book of Want is also featured in the anthology, New California Writing 2012 (Heyday Books), edited by Gayle Wattawa with a foreword by book critic, David Kipen. 

The L.A. Flood Project: I am one of the authors involved in this interactive literary event created by Mark Marino of USC.

Poets & Writers published my writing recommendations online.  Take a peek and feel free to leave a comment.

The Book of Want, my new novel, was officially released on March 24, 2011.  Visit my readings page for appearances.

Dark Sky Magazine interviews me about my new novel, The Book of Want.

The Loyalist Online interviews me about my short-story collection, Anywhere But L.A. (Bilingual Press, 2009).

Read an interview of me over at the Cellar Door, the blog of Stanford's English Department.

I appear in two Norton anthologies in 2010: Sudden Fiction Latino and Hint Fiction...An English major's dream.

TOP TEN LATINO AUTHORS TO WATCH FOR 2007: I was named as such by LatinoStories.  Read entire list here.

STANFORD MAGAZINE published a very nice profile on my writing by Laura Shin.