Have you ever dreamed of writing for a series? Or writing your own column? Learn how these Latino writing rock stars did it. They'll discuss the challenges of how they made it to the writer's room. You'll get the inside scoop on how they scribe for a multicultural audience. Find inspiration and get advice on how to make your scripts or essays irresistible. They'll offer their take on what writers can expect to encounter from publishers, TV networks, and in the writers' room. Join us for a lively conversation with a couple of LA's hottest Latino writers, the first in our series of conversations of diverse literary voices at Writing Pad.
About Evangeline Ordaz: Evangeline Ordaz was a producer and writer of the groundbreaking and popular series East Los High on Hulu and Hulu Plus. She was also a staff writer on the ABC/Warner Bros television show Eyes starring Tim Daly. Evangeline started out her career in television as a Disney/ABC Television Writing Fellow. The Center Theater Group (Mark Taper Forum/Kirk Douglas Theater/Ahmanson) recently commissioned Evangeline to write a play about Los Angeles. Her play Visitors' Guide to Arivaca was featured at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts' New Play Summit and was the subject of a December 2006 cover story in American Theater Magazine. Borderlands commissioned Visitor's Guide, which also saw production by the Company of Angels Theater in Los Angeles and Teatro Vision in San Jose. Company of Angels also produced Bordering on Love, which Ordaz wrote through the Center Theater Group's invitational playwrights' workshop. Evangeline has also written for the California Youth Theater and the Cornerstone Theater where she shared a Ovation nomination for Best Play. Her spoken word performances have been featured at Highways Performance Space, on radio stations KPCC and KPFK, and on NPR's Latino USA. She was recently the subject of a profile on NPR's All Things Considered. Evangeline Ordaz was born in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles to a Mexican immigrant father, and Mexican-American mother.
About Gustavo Arellano: Gustavo Arellano is the editor of OC Weekly, author of Orange County: A Personal History and Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America. He lectures with the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department at California State University at Fullerton. Arellano writes "¡Ask a Mexican!," a nationally syndicated column in which he answers any and all questions about Latinos. The column has a weekly circulation of over 2 million in 39 newspapers across the United States, won the 2006 and 2008 Association of Alternative Weeklies award for Best Column, and was published in book form by Scribner Press in May 2007. Arellano has been the subject of press coverage in national and international newspapers, The Today Show, Hannity, Nightline, Good Morning America, and The Colbert Report, and his commentaries regularly appear on Marketplace and the Los Angeles Times. He is the recipient of the Los Angeles Press Club's 2007 President's Award and an Impacto Award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition, and was recognized by the California Latino Legislative Caucus with a 2008 Spirit Award for his "exceptional vision, creativity, and work ethic." Gustavo is a lifelong resident of Orange County and is the proud son of two Mexican immigrants, one whom was illegal.
About Reyna Grande: Reyna Grande is an award-winning novelist and memoirist. She has received an American Book Award, the El Premio Aztlán Literary Award, and the Latino Book Award. In 2012, she was a finalist for the prestigious National Book Critics Circle Awards. Her works have been published internationally in countries such as Norway and South Korea. Her critically acclaimed novels include, Across a Hundred Mountains, (Atria, 2006) and Dancing with Butterflies (Washington Square Press, 2009). Her latest book, The Distance Between Us, was published in August 2012, by Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. In this memoir, Reyna writes about her life before and after illegally immigrating from Mexico to the United States. A National Book Circle Critics Award finalist, The Distance Between Us is an inspirational coming-of-age story about the pursuit of a better life. The LA Times hailed it as 'the Angela's Ashes of the modern Mexican immigrant experience." After attending Pasadena City College for two years, Reyna obtained a B.A. in creative writing and film & video from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She later received her M.F.A. in creative writing from Antioch University.
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