Daniel A. Olivas
of María Rivera Peña
The Courtship of María Rivera Peña is a screen adaptation of the novella of the same name. The story is loosely based on the migration of the writer’s grandparents from Mexico to Los Angeles in the 1920s and follows the courtship, marriage, and family life of the cook Beto and the beautiful waitress María.
About the writer:
Daniel A. Olivas is the author of nine books including, most recently, The King of Lighting Fixtures: Stories (University of Arizona Press, 2017), Crossing the Border: Collected Poems (Pact Press, 2017), and Things We Do Not Talk About: Exploring Latino/a Literature through Essays and Interviews (San Diego State University Press, 2014). Olivas has been widely anthologized, including in Sudden Fiction Latino (W. W. Norton, 2010). He is also the editor of two anthologies. His work has appeared in many publications including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, and La Bloga (where he blogs on Chicanx and Latinx literature), among other print and online publications. Olivas earned a degree in English literature from Stanford University and a law degree from UCLA. By day, Olivas is an attorney in the Public Rights Division of the California Department of Justice in Los Angeles.