University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Daniel A. Olivas

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Daniel A. Olivas is the author of nine books, including "The Book of Want: A Novel" and "Things We Do Not Talk About: Exploring Latino/a Literature through Essays and Interviews." His latest books are "The King of Lighting Fixtures: Stories" and "Crossing the Border: Collected Poems." He earned his degree in English literature from Stanford University, and a law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has written about Latinx literature for many publications including The New York Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, La Bloga, and The Prairie Schooner blog. Since 1990, Olivas has practiced law with the California Department of Justice. A second-generation Angeleno, he makes his home in Los Angeles with his wife, and they have an adult son.

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Scheduled events:
Borderland New Wave Poetry
Latino literature's most prominent new wave authors, Daniel Olivas and Vickie Vertiz discuss writing poetry with a passion.

Pima County Public Library/Nuestras Raíces/Presentation Stage (Seats 150)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 10, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Nuestras Raices
Signing area: Pima County Public Library/Nuestras Raíces/Craft Tent & Signing Area (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Daniel Olivas, Vickie Vértiz
Moderator: Sarah Gonzales
Best Things, Small Packages
A well-crafted short story can make us laugh, make us cry and keep us up at night. They always make us think. In this session, three short-story specialists prove that great things often come in small packages. Assistive listening devices available.

Student Union Kachina (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 10, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Thomas Mira y Lopez, Daniel Olivas, Brian Smith
Moderator: Kevin Canty
Daniel A. Olivas
“The King of Lighting Fixtures: Stories” by Daniel A. Olivas Wanderers and writers, gangbangers and lawyers, dreamers and devils. “The King of Lighting Fixtures” paints an idiosyncratic but honest portrait of Los Angeles, depicting how the city both entrances and confounds. Each story serves as a reflection of Daniel A. Olivas’s grand City of Angels, a “magical metropolis where dreams come true.”

University of Arizona Press (Seats 1)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 11, 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Fiction / Literature

Author: Daniel Olivas
A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That: Creating Narrative in Very Short Fiction
This writing workshop will focus on the craft of creating a fictional narrative in 25 words or less. Assistive listening devices available.

Integrated Learning Center Room 151 (Seats 28, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 11, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Nuestras Raices
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Daniel Olivas

King of Lighting Fixtures
Nuestras Raices
UA Press
September 2017
ISBN 9780816535620
167 pages
$16.95, INSTORE
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"A collection of short stories, each reflecting Daniel Olivas' Chicano culture, a life growing up in Los Angeles, his exposure to Jewish life as a Jew-by-choice, and his experience being the parent of a gay son. More/less

Crossing the Border:Collected Poems
Nuestras Raices
Pact Press
November 2017
ISBN 9780991261284
$9.50, INSTOCK
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