by Brian Dunlap
Last weekend, Erika Ayón held the release party for her debut poetry collection Orange Lady (World Stage Press). The collection recounts her experience as an immigrant growing up in South Central Los Angeles, where her family sold oranges on the street in order to survive.
“I have published my first book! I still can’t believe it,” she posted to Facebook after the event. “Thank you everyone for all the love and support you showed me yesterday at the Orange Lady Book Release. I am just filled with so much gratitude for all of you that were able to attend, and those that were there in spirit. It was such a magical and special evening.”
Also, last Friday L.A./Long Beach/IE poet and writer liz gonzález announced she had some book news of her own. She announced the publication of her poetry collection Dancing in the Santa Ana Winds: New and Selected Poems y Cuentos by the tiny independent L.A. press Los Nietos. As she said on Facebook, “I am utterly grateful and honored that they offered to publish my first full-length book, which was 25 years in the making. I self-published a chapbook in the mid-90’s and Manifest Press published a lovely small collection of my poems in 2000. A full-length book is long overdue, and I’m honored that it has a home at Los Nietos Press.”
gonzález’s poetry collection is due out in July and is already available for pre-order. Congratulaions to both L.A. scribes Erika Ayón and liz gonzález!