The Writer’s Center presents a FREE virtual chat about the craft of fiction! We’re joined by Estella González to talk about her outstanding debut story collection, Chola Salvation. Estella will be in conversation with Zach Powers, novelist and Director of Communications at The Writer’s Center.
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Estella González was born and raised in East Los Angeles which inspires her writing. Her work has appeared in Kweli Journal, The Acentos Review, Asteri(x) Journal, Huizache and other literary journals. Her fiction and poetry have been anthologized in Latinos in Lotusland: An Anthology of Contemporary Southern California Literature by Bilingual Press and Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse by Lost Horse Press.
Her writing has been recognized with a Pushcart Prize “Special Mention” and as a “Reading Notable” for The Best American Non-Required Reading. Her debut short story collection, Chola Salvation, will be published April 30, 2021 by Arte Público Press.
She received her BA in English from Northwestern University and her MFA in fiction from Cornell University. She lives in Tucson with her husband and two cats.
About the Book
This collection of short stories focuses on the lives of Mexican and Chicanx characters living in East Los Angeles. In these narratives, working-class men and women struggle with self-hatred, economic survival and patriarchal oppression in urban America and educational institutions. Some protagonists succumb to their circumstances while others transcend them through wit and creativity. Throughout the narratives, Spanish, Caló, and Spanglish accentuate each character’s story.