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About Estella González

Estella González is the author of the award-winning short story collection, Chola Salvation, published by Arte Público Press in April 2021 and novel, Huizache Women, published October 31, 2023.

Her stories have been published by Kweli Journal, HuizacheAsteri(x) Journal, and other literary journals. Her poetry has been anthologized in What They Leave Behind: A Latinx Anthology and Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse by Lost Horse Press. 

Estella's writing has garnered numerous distinctions and awards including Cornell University's Philip Freund Prize in Creative Writing, a Pushcart Prize “Special Mention” and a “Reading Notable” for The Best American Non-Required Reading. At the annual International Latino Book Awards, she received a Rising Star award for Chola Salvation, which won gold medals for Best First Book and Best Short Story Collection. Additionally, Chola was a finalist for the New Mexico - Arizona Book Award. Her novel, Huizache Women, was named a finalist for the Texas Institute of Letters' Jesse H. Jones Award for Best Book of Fiction. Her short story manuscripts were also named finalists for the Louise Meriwether First Book Prize and the James D. Houston Award for Western Literature. 

Estella González is a first-gen Chicana born and raised in East Los Angeles which inspires her writing. She received her B.A. in English from Northwestern University and her MFA in fiction from Cornell University. She lives in Tucson with her husband and two cats.

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