Myriam Gurba

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Myriam Gurba
ResidenceLong Beach, California
OccupationArtist and writer

Myriam Gurba is an American queer[1] writer, story-teller, and visual artist from Santa Maria, California. She currently lives and teaches in Long Beach, California.[2] She is the author of several books, many chapbooks, and various articles, essays and short stories which have been internationally published. O, The Oprah Magazine hailed her most recent work, MEAN, as one of the "Best LGBTQ Books of All Time".[3] The New York Times has described Gurba as having a "distinct and infectious" voice[4]. Her second book, Painting Their Portraits in Winter: Stories, explores Mexican stories and traditions from a feminist lens.[5]


Gurba toured with Sister Spit,[6] a "lesbian-feminist spoken-word and performance art collective."[7] She read at Radar,[8] Bootleg Theater,[9][10] Skylight Books,[11][12] Book Show,[13] Rhapsodomancy,[14] The Poetic Research Bureau,[15] Tongue & Groove,[16] Small Press Fest at Pitzer College,[17] Gallery 211[18][19][20] Booksmith[21] and Charis Books & More.[22]

Gurba exhibited at the Museum of Latin American Art[23][24] and The Center Long Beach.[25]


Gurba is the author of three books: Mean (Coffee House Press, 2017),[26][27] Painting Their Portraits in Winter: Stories (Manic D Press, 2015)[28][27][29] and Dahlia Season: Stories and a Novella (Manic D Press/Future Tense, 2007).[30][31][32] She wrote the chapbooks: Sweatsuits of the Damned (RADAR Productions, 2013), Menudo & Herb: a little book to reach for during big bowel movements (2013), A White Girl Named Shaquanda: A Chomo Allegory and Trewish Story (2013),[33] River Candy (eohippus labs)[34] and Wish You Were Me (Future Tense Books, 2011).[35]

Gurba's work has been anthologized in Best American Erotica (St. Martin's), Bottom's Up (Soft Skull), Tough Girls (Black Books)[36] Ambientes: New Queer Latino Writing[37] and Secrets & Confidences: The Complicated Truth about Women's Friendships (Seal).[38] Her poetry appears in Entropy[39] and Everyday Genius.[40] Her prose appears in Time (magazine),[41] Colorlines,[42] Les Figues Press,[43] Zocalo Public Square,[44] The Wanderer,[45] figment[46] and XQsi Magazine.[47]

Gurba has written a series of essays for The Paris Review, each about a single word: Striking [48], Salty,[49] Avuncular,[50] as well as an article titled The Mexican Bandit. [51]


Gurba's debut novel Dahlia Season[52] won The Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction from Publishing Triangle, and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award.[53][54] Dazed ranked Dahlia Season among their list of queer lit classics.[55] Emily Gould described Gurba as "a new writer for the first time whose voice is different from any you’ve heard before and who you want to keep hearing forever."[56]

Reviews, Articles and Interviews[edit]

Reviews of Gurba's work appear in The New York Times,[57] The Iowan Review,[58] The Paris Review,[59] The Lesbrary,[60] Rain Taxi,[61] BIG OTHER[62] and Wing Chair Books.[63] Articles about her appears in KQED,[2] The Edge LB[64] and Confessions of a Boy Toy.[65] Interviews with her appear in The Los Angeles Review of Books,[66] OC Weekly,[67] MOLAA,[68] The Normal School,[69] Weird Sister[70] and Otherppl.[71] Playlists for Gurba's writing appear in Largehearted Boy.[72][73]


  1. ^ Soto, Christopher. "'Neplantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color: Issue Two Representatives". Lambda Literary. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  2. ^ a b Clark, Leilani. "For Mexican Girls Who Paint Their Fingernails Black". KQED Arts. KQED. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  3. ^ Hart, Michelle (2019-06-04). "50 Queer Authors Share Their All-Time Favorite LGBTQ Books". Oprah Magazine. Retrieved 2019-08-08.
  4. ^ Daum, Meghan (2017-12-22). "In Search of Lost Time". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-08-08.
  5. ^ "2015 Latino Books: 8 Must-Reads from Indispensable Small Presses". NBC News. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  6. ^ "Sister Spit: The Next Generation - Hammer Museum". Hammer Museum. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  7. ^ "Long Beach authors to share their humor, discomfort at Sister Spit tour". Retrieved 2016-03-10.
  8. ^ "Radar - THIS IS WHAT I WANT FESTIVAL". RADAR Productions. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  9. ^ "Shipwreck". Bootleg Theater. Bootleg Theater. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  10. ^ "Shipwreck Erotic Fan Fiction Competition". LA Weekly. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  11. ^ Schatz, Kate. "Rad American Women and Rad Women Worldwide: Events". Rad Women Worldwide. Ten Speed Press. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  12. ^ "THE HEART's BLACKMARKET: A TRIBUTE TO JUSTIN CHIN". Skylight Books Los Angeles. Skylight Books. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  13. ^ "Upcoming Events - FAIR DIG PRESENTS: MariNaomi, Myriam Gurba, Brodie Foster Hubbard". BookShow LA. Book Show. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  14. ^ "::PHOTOS::: Myriam Gurba". Rhapsodomancy. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  15. ^ "Elizabeth Hall, Myriam Gurba & Wendy C. Ortiz". Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  16. ^ Romo, Conrad. "Tongue & Groove on Sunday June 26". Conrad Romo. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  17. ^ Armendinger, Brent. "Small Press Fest at Pitzer College". Pitzer College. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  18. ^ "Reading and Book Signing with Myriam Gurba - Las Compadres Book Club of Orange County". OC Weekly. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  19. ^ "Myriam Gurba Book Signing Reading Las Compadres Book Club". SparkOC. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  20. ^ "Events list". Show Your Arts. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  21. ^ Velazquez, Giselle. "June 21: Father's Day run, Native American art and more". The San Francisco Examiner. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  22. ^ "Myriam Gurba - Dalia Season". Charis Books and More. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  23. ^ "Graduate Studies: Home » Blog Archive » Who Are You? exhibition at the Museum of Latin American Art". Retrieved 2016-03-10.
  24. ^ Morris, Asia. "Local Artists Explore Identity and Diversity in WHO ARE YOU, MOLAA's First Exhibit of 2016". Long Beach Post. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  25. ^ "Opening Reception Featuring Myriam Gurba and Denise Rivas The Center Long Beach". The Center Long Beach. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  26. ^ Gurba, Myriam (Nov 7, 2017). Mean. Coffee House Press. ISBN 978-1-56689-491-3.
  27. ^ a b "Painting Their Portraits in Winter: Myriam Gurba: Trade Paperback". Powell's Books. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  28. ^ Gurba, Myriam (May 19, 2015). Painting Their Portraits in Winter: Stories. Manic D Press. ISBN 1933149906. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  29. ^ Gurba, Myriam. "Painting their portraits in winter: short stories / Myriam Gurba". Toronto Public Library. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  30. ^ Gurba, Myriam (May 1, 2007). Dahlia Season: stories & a novella. Future Tense. ISBN 1933149167. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  31. ^ "Dahlia Season: Stories and a Novella by Myriam Gurba, Marisol Ramirez, Audiobook (MP3 on CD)". Barnes & Noble. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  32. ^ "Dahlia Season eBook by Myriam Gurba". Kobo. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  33. ^ "Goodreads: Myriam Gurba (Contributor of Sister Spit)". Goodreads. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  34. ^ "tract series eohippus labs". eohippus labs. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  35. ^ Gurba, Myriam. "Wish You Were Me". Future Tense Books. Future Tense Books. Retrieved 2016-12-10.
  36. ^ "Dahlia Season: stories & a novella (Future Tense)". Amazon. Amazon. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  37. ^ "Ambientes: New Queer Latino Writing - Google Books". Google Books. Google. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  38. ^ Gurba, Myriam. "Secrets & Confidences: the Complicated Truth about Women's Friendships". Google Books. Google. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  39. ^ Gurba, Myriam. "Poetry from Myriam Gurba". Entropy. CCM-Entropy. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  40. ^ Gurba, Myriam. "Myriam Gurba". Everyday Genius. Everyday Genius. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  41. ^ Gurba, Myriam. "Behind My Uncle's Schizophrenia". TIME. Time Magazine. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  42. ^ Rao, Sameer. "READ This Exhilarating History of L.A.'s Super-Badass 'Ovarian Psychos' Bicycle Brigade". Colorlines. race forward. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  43. ^ Gurba, Myriam. "Experimental Chickena by Myriam Gurba". Les Figues Press. Les Figues Press. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  44. ^ Gurba, Myriam. "My Uncle's Years of Living Dangerously". Zocalo Public Square. ASU Knowledge Enterprise Digital Daily. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  45. ^ Gurba, Myriam. "RICHARD by Myriam Gurba". The Wanderer. Wanderer Poetry. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  46. ^ Gurba, Myriam. "Getting Rilke with... MYRIAM GURBA". figment. figment. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  47. ^ Gurba, Myriam. "Looks Like". XQsi Magazine. XQsi Magazine. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  48. ^ Gurba, Myriam (2019-06-26). "One Word: Striking". The Paris Review. Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  49. ^ Gurba, Myriam (2019-01-02). "One Word: Salty". The Paris Review. Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  50. ^ Gurba, Myriam (2019-03-19). "One Word: Avuncular". The Paris Review. Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  51. ^ Gurba, Myriam (2017-11-06). "The Mexican American Bandit". The Paris Review. Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  52. ^ Gurba, Myriam. "Dahlia Season: Stories & a Novella - Myriam Gurba". Google Books. Google. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  53. ^ "Publishing Triangle". Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  54. ^ "20th Annual Lambda Literary Awards". Lambda Literary. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  55. ^ Dazed. "Come out with the best characters in queer lit". Dazed. Retrieved 2016-03-10.
  56. ^ "The Millions : A Year in Reading: Emily Gould". Retrieved 2016-03-10.
  57. ^ Sehgal, Parul (2017-12-19). "An Account of Surviving Assault Mixes Horror and Humor". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  58. ^ "Myriam Gurba's MEAN | The Iowa Review". Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  59. ^ Review, The Paris (2017-09-15). "Staff Picks: Morphine, Martyrs, Microphones". The Paris Review. Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  60. ^ Ellis, Danika. "Danika reviews Painting Their Portraits in Winter by Myriam Gurba". The Lesbrary. The Lesbrary. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  61. ^ Attaway, Jacklyn. "DAHLIA SEASON". Rain Taxi. Rain Taxi. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  62. ^ Gaudry, Molly. "Sentences and Fragments: Prathna Lor's VENTRILOQUISIM and Myriam Gurba's WISH YOU WERE ME". BIG OTHER. BIG OTHER. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  63. ^ Filippone, Michael. "Wish You Were Me by Myriam Gurba". Wing Chair Books. Michael Filippone. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  64. ^ Rasmussen, Emily. "What's The Deal With Frida Kahlo's Cult Following?". The Edge LB. The Edge: The Independent Voice of Long Beach. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  65. ^ Darling, Nikki. "Myriam Gurba: Required Reading for Mexican Girls Who Paint their Fingernails Black". Confessions of a Boy Toy. Confessions of a Boy Toy. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  66. ^ "LARB Radio Hour: Queer Memoir Part Two: Feeling Mean with Myriam Gurba". Los Angeles Review of Books. Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  67. ^ Nericcio, William. "Author-Artist Myriam Gurba is a Bettie Page-Susan Sontag Hybrid". OC Weekly. OC Weekly. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  68. ^ "Who Are You? Artist: Myriam Gurba". MOLAA. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  69. ^ Quintana, Monique. "A Normal Interview with Myriam Gurba". The Normal School. The Normal School. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  70. ^ Abelkop, Gina. "It's Kinda Creepy Because I Am: An Interview with Myriam Gurba". Weird Sister. Weird Sister. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  71. ^ Listi, Brad. "Otherppl with Brad Listi: Episode 388 - Myriam Gurba". Otherppl. Brad Listi. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  72. ^ Gurba, Myriam. "Largehearted Boy: Book Notes - Myriam Gurba "Painting their Portraits in Winter"". Largehearted Boy. Largehearted Boy. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  73. ^ Gurba, Myriam. "Largehearted Boy: Book Notes - Myriam Gurba ("Wish You Were Me")". Largehearted Boy. Largehearted Boy. Retrieved 2016-12-09.