Tucson Festival of Books

Estella Gonzalez (she/her)

Kathleen Dreier

Estella González is the author of the award-winning short story collection, "Chola Salvation," published by Arte Público Press and novel, "Huizache Women." Her stories have been published by Kweli Journal, Huizache, Asteri(x) Journal and other literary journals. Her poetry has been anthologized in "What They Leave Behind: A Latinx Anthology" and "Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse" by Lost Horse Press. 

​Her stories have garnered numerous distinctions and awards including Cornell University's Philip Freund Prize in Creative Writing, a Pushcart Prize “Special Mention” and a “Reading Notable” for The Best American Non-Required Reading. At the annual International Latino Book Awards, she received a Rising Star award for "Chola Salvation," which won gold medals for Best First Book and Best Short Story Collection. Additionally, Chola was a finalist for the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award. Her manuscripts have also been finalists for the Louise Meriwether First Book Prize and the James D. Houston Award for Western Literature. 

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Awards: Cornell University Philip Freund Prize in Creative Writing--winner; International Latino Book Awards - Gold Medal WinnerNew Mexico-Arizona Book Award--Finalist; Pushcart Prize--Special Mention; Best Non-Required--Reading Notable; Louise Meriwether First Book Prize--Finalist; James D. Houston Award for Western Literature - Finalist; Pima Community College Martindale Literary Prize - First Place

Communities: Arizona Author, Tucsonan, Hispanic or Latinx

Huizache Women
Fiction / Literature
Arte Publico Press
October 2023
ISBN 9781558859784
236 pages

Chola Salvation
Fiction / Literature
Arte Publico Press
April 2021
ISBN 9781558859142
200 pages
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