An attorney with the California Department of Justice in the Public Rights Division, Daniel A. Olivas is the author of nine books, most recently, The King of Lighting Fixtures: Stories, and Crossing the Border: Collected Poems. He is the editor of the anthology, Latinos in Lotusland: An Anthology of Contemporary Southern California Literature, and co-editor of The Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes and Shifts of Los Angeles. Olivas is a contributing writer to more than a dozen anthologies including Fantasmas: Supernatural Stories by Mexican American Writers, edited by Rob Johnson, Love to Mamá: A Tribute to Mothers, edited by Pat Mora, Sudden Fiction Latino: Short-Short Stories from the United States and Latin America, edited by Robert Shapard, James Thomas, and Ray Gonzalez, and New California Writing 2012, edited by Gayle Wattawa. Olivas has written for the New York Times, El Paso Times, Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, High Country News, LAObserved, and Jewish Journal. His writing has appeared in literary journals including PANK, Pilgrimage, Fairy Tale Review, MacGuffin, and New Madrid. He regularly contributes to La Bloga, which is dedicated to Chicanx and Latinx literature.