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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.