liz gonzález
Writer, Instructor, Funkifizer,
Animal and Nature Lover

Dancing in the Santa Ana Winds Book Cover

Dancing in the Santa Ana Winds: Poems y Cuentos New and Selected contains twenty-five years of liz gonzález’s best writing. She explores memories, pivotal experiences, and cultural influences that shaped her: The death of a young father, family relationships that nurture and challenge, and the joys and struggles of growing up as a nontraditional Catholic Mexican American. Set against the diverse landscapes of the San Bernardino Valley and Los Angeles, these richly textured and sometimes humorous works, real and imagined, illuminate the trials and beauty of girls’ and women’s journeys to reclaim themselves.

"This collection of poetry and prose by liz gonzalez heralds another watermark in the the enduring presence of a vital Southern California writer whose generational and cultural/geographic roots run as deeply from the Santa Ana waters of the Inland Empire, where she was born and raised, all the way to the Pacific Ocean, by whose Los Angeles shorelines she now resides...Dancing in the Santa Ana Winds is a tour de force, an enjoyable/provocative read, and won't let you go, even after you've turned the last page."

Ruth Nolan, author of Ruby Mountain, co-editor of Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California and editor of No Place for a Puritan: the Literature of California's Deserts.

"Some believe the Inland Empire is bereft of culture, but not in her poetry, rich as it is with luscious detail. Overlaid with the rituals and imagery of the Catholic church and 70s rock, funk, and R&B bands pouring from car radios, the Inland Empire is alive with culture, sensation and the fullness of life. And whether it knows it or not, it even has its own de facto poet laureate. liz gonzález."

Suzanne Lummis, author of Open Twenty-Four Hours: Poems

"Like the crackling riffs emanating from the backseat speaker on an old Impala, these poems and stories sing us back in time."

Levi Romero, New Mexico Centennial Poet 2012

Peterson Toscano of Citizens Climate Radio interviews liz: liz shares an excerpt from an essay and a poem in Dancing in the Santa Ana Winds: Poems y Cuentos. The poem is also published in the phenomenal anthology, Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California. The interview begins at 12:20.
CCR Ep 38 Lew Blaustein and the Green Sports Movement

Ruth Nolan, Contributing Columnist to the Inland Empire's Press-Enterprise newspaper,Reviews DSAW: "There is a new book of poetry and prose on the horizon of the Inland Empire, a book establishing its place in the literature and lore of our tantalizing region and carving out its own storied spaces here in the voice of San Bernardino Valley native liz gonzález."
‘Dancing in the Santa Ana Winds’ captures grief, life and culture in the Inland Empire

Video of liz reading two poems in DSAW. Filmed by award winning filmmaker and author, Jesús Treviño, at Barbara and Michael Sedano's home:
Latinopia Word: Dancing in the Santa Ana Winds

liz presents a story about one of the poems in her book at Unheard LA-live in Baldwin Park:
liz gonzález at Unheard LA-live in Baldwin Park

Antonio Ruiz at Palacio Magazine interviews liz:
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