More About the Author
Daniel A. Olivas (www.danielolivas.com) is the author of seven books including "The Book of Want: A Novel" (University of Arizona Press, 2011), and "Things We Do Not Talk About: Exploring Latino/a Literature Through Essays and Interviews" (San Diego State University Press, 2014). Olivas is also the editor of the landmark "Latinos in Lotusland: An Anthology of Contemporary Southern California Literature" (Bilingual Press, 2008), which brings together 60 years of Los Angeles fiction by Latino writers.
Olivas's fiction, poetry and non-fiction have appeared in many literary journals including Exquisite Corpse, Fairy Tale Review, PANK (online), Bilingual Review, Codex, Superstition Review, Pilgrimage, THEMA, and New Madrid. He has also written for many publications including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, El Paso Times, California Lawyer, and Jewish Journal.
His writing is featured in many anthologies including "Sudden Fiction Latino" (W. W. Norton, 2010), "Hint Fiction" (W. W. Norton, 2010), and "Love to Mama: A Tribute to Mothers" (Lee & Low Books, 2001). He shares blogging duties on La Bloga (http://labloga.blogspot.com) which is dedicated to Chicano/a and Latino/a literature.
Olivas is the grandson of Mexican immigrants and is the middle of five children. Born and raised near downtown Los Angeles, he converted to Judaism in 1988. Olivas received his degree in English literature from Stanford University, and law degree from UCLA. By day, he is an attorney in Los Angeles with the California Department of Justice in the Public Rights Division where he has practiced law since 1990. Olivas makes his home in the San Fernando Valley with his wife and son.