Myriam Gurba

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Myriam Gurba
ResidenceLong Beach, California
OccupationArtist and writer

Myriam Gurba is an American queer[1] spoken-word artist, visual artist, and writer from Santa Maria, California. She currently lives and teaches in Long Beach, California.[2] Her most well known book, Painting Their Portraits in Winter: Stories, explores Mexican stories and traditions from a feminist lens.[3]


Gurba toured with Sister Spit,[4] a "lesbian-feminist spoken-word and performance art collective."[5] She read at Radar,[6] Bootleg Theater,[7][8] Skylight Books,[9][10] Book Show,[11] Rhapsodomancy,[12] The Poetic Research Bureau,[13] Tongue & Groove,[14] Small Press Fest at Pitzer College,[15] Gallery 211[16][17][18] Booksmith[19] and Charis Books & More.[20]

Gurba exhibited at the Museum of Latin American Art[21][22] and The Center Long Beach.[23]


Gurba is the author of three books: Mean (Coffee House Press, 2017),[24][25] Painting Their Portraits in Winter: Stories (Manic D Press, 2015)[26][25][27] and Dahlia Season: Stories and a Novella (Manic D Press/Future Tense, 2007).[28][29][30] 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),[31] River Candy (eohippus labs)[32] and Wish You Were Me (Future Tense Books, 2011).[33]

Gurba's work has been anthologized in Best American Erotica (St. Martin's), Bottom's Up (Soft Skull), Tough Girls (Black Books)[34] Ambientes: New Queer Latino Writing[35] and Secrets & Confidences: The Complicated Truth about Women's Friendships (Seal).[36] Her poetry appears in Entropy[37] and Everyday Genius.[38] Her prose appears in Time (magazine),[39] Colorlines,[40] Les Figues Press,[41] Zocalo Public Square,[42] The Wanderer,[43] figment[44] and XQsi Magazine.[45]


Gurba's debut novel Dahlia Season[46] won The Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction from Publishing Triangle, and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award.[47][48] Dazed ranked Dahlia Season among their list of queer lit classics.[49] 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."[50]

Reviews, Articles and Interviews[edit]

Reviews of Gurba's work appear in The Lesbrary,[51] Rain Taxi,[52] BIG OTHER[53] and Wing Chair Books.[54] Articles about her appears in KQED,[2] The Edge LB[55] and Confessions of a Boy Toy.[56] Interviews with her appear in OC Weekly,[57] MOLAA,[58] The Normal School,[59] Weird Sister[60] and Otherppl.[61] Playlists for Gurba's writing appear in Largehearted Boy.[62][63]


  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. ^ "2015 Latino Books: 8 Must-Reads from Indispensable Small Presses". NBC News. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  4. ^ "Sister Spit: The Next Generation - Hammer Museum". Hammer Museum. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  5. ^ "Long Beach authors to share their humor, discomfort at Sister Spit tour". Retrieved 2016-03-10.
  6. ^ "Radar - THIS IS WHAT I WANT FESTIVAL". RADAR Productions. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  7. ^ "Shipwreck". Bootleg Theater. Bootleg Theater. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  8. ^ "Shipwreck Erotic Fan Fiction Competition". LA Weekly. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  9. ^ Schatz, Kate. "Rad American Women and Rad Women Worldwide: Events". Rad Women Worldwide. Ten Speed Press. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  10. ^ "THE HEART's BLACKMARKET: A TRIBUTE TO JUSTIN CHIN". Skylight Books Los Angeles. Skylight Books. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  11. ^ "Upcoming Events - FAIR DIG PRESENTS: MariNaomi, Myriam Gurba, Brodie Foster Hubbard". BookShow LA. Book Show. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  12. ^ "::PHOTOS::: Myriam Gurba". Rhapsodomancy. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  13. ^ "Elizabeth Hall, Myriam Gurba & Wendy C. Ortiz". Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  14. ^ Romo, Conrad. "Tongue & Groove on Sunday June 26". Conrad Romo. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  15. ^ Armendinger, Brent. "Small Press Fest at Pitzer College". Pitzer College. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  16. ^ "Reading and Book Signing with Myriam Gurba - Las Compadres Book Club of Orange County". OC Weekly. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  17. ^ "Myriam Gurba Book Signing Reading Las Compadres Book Club". SparkOC. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  18. ^ "Events list". Show Your Arts. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  19. ^ Velazquez, Giselle. "June 21: Father's Day run, Native American art and more". The San Francisco Examiner. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  20. ^ "Myriam Gurba - Dalia Season". Charis Books and More. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  21. ^ "Graduate Studies: Home » Blog Archive » Who Are You? exhibition at the Museum of Latin American Art". Retrieved 2016-03-10.
  22. ^ 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.
  23. ^ "Opening Reception Featuring Myriam Gurba and Denise Rivas The Center Long Beach". The Center Long Beach. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  24. ^ Gurba, Myriam (Nov 7, 2017). Mean. Coffee House Press. ISBN 978-1-56689-491-3.
  25. ^ a b "Painting Their Portraits in Winter: Myriam Gurba: Trade Paperback". Powell's Books. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  26. ^ Gurba, Myriam (May 19, 2015). Painting Their Portraits in Winter: Stories. Manic D Press. ISBN 1933149906. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  27. ^ Gurba, Myriam. "Painting their portraits in winter: short stories / Myriam Gurba". Toronto Public Library. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  28. ^ Gurba, Myriam (May 1, 2007). Dahlia Season: stories & a novella. Future Tense. ISBN 1933149167. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  29. ^ "Dahlia Season: Stories and a Novella by Myriam Gurba, Marisol Ramirez, Audiobook (MP3 on CD)". Barnes & Noble. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  30. ^ "Dahlia Season eBook by Myriam Gurba". Kobo. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  31. ^ "Goodreads: Myriam Gurba (Contributor of Sister Spit)". Goodreads. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  32. ^ "tract series eohippus labs". eohippus labs. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  33. ^ Gurba, Myriam. "Wish You Were Me". Future Tense Books. Future Tense Books. Retrieved 2016-12-10.
  34. ^ "Dahlia Season: stories & a novella (Future Tense)". Amazon. Amazon. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  35. ^ "Ambientes: New Queer Latino Writing - Google Books". Google Books. Google. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  36. ^ Gurba, Myriam. "Secrets & Confidences: the Complicated Truth about Women's Friendships". Google Books. Google. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  37. ^ Gurba, Myriam. "Poetry from Myriam Gurba". Entropy. CCM-Entropy. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  38. ^ Gurba, Myriam. "Myriam Gurba". Everyday Genius. Everyday Genius. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  39. ^ Gurba, Myriam. "Behind My Uncle's Schizophrenia". TIME. Time Magazine. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  40. ^ Rao, Sameer. "READ This Exhilarating History of L.A.'s Super-Badass 'Ovarian Psychos' Bicycle Brigade". Colorlines. race forward. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  41. ^ Gurba, Myriam. "Experimental Chickena by Myriam Gurba". Les Figues Press. Les Figues Press. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  42. ^ Gurba, Myriam. "My Uncle's Years of Living Dangerously". Zocalo Public Square. ASU Knowledge Enterprise Digital Daily. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  43. ^ Gurba, Myriam. "RICHARD by Myriam Gurba". The Wanderer. Wanderer Poetry. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  44. ^ Gurba, Myriam. "Getting Rilke with... MYRIAM GURBA". figment. figment. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  45. ^ Gurba, Myriam. "Looks Like". XQsi Magazine. XQsi Magazine. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  46. ^ Gurba, Myriam. "Dahlia Season: Stories & a Novella - Myriam Gurba". Google Books. Google. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  47. ^ "Publishing Triangle". Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  48. ^ "20th Annual Lambda Literary Awards". Lambda Literary. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  49. ^ Dazed. "Come out with the best characters in queer lit". Dazed. Retrieved 2016-03-10.
  50. ^ "The Millions : A Year in Reading: Emily Gould". Retrieved 2016-03-10.
  51. ^ Ellis, Danika. "Danika reviews Painting Their Portraits in Winter by Myriam Gurba". The Lesbrary. The Lesbrary. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  52. ^ Attaway, Jacklyn. "DAHLIA SEASON". Rain Taxi. Rain Taxi. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  53. ^ 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.
  54. ^ Filippone, Michael. "Wish You Were Me by Myriam Gurba". Wing Chair Books. Michael Filippone. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  55. ^ 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.
  56. ^ 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.
  57. ^ Nericcio, William. "Author-Artist Myriam Gurba is a Bettie Page-Susan Sontag Hybrid". OC Weekly. OC Weekly. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  58. ^ "Who Are You? Artist: Myriam Gurba". MOLAA. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  59. ^ Quintana, Monique. "A Normal Interview with Myriam Gurba". The Normal School. The Normal School. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  60. ^ Abelkop, Gina. "It's Kinda Creepy Because I Am: An Interview with Myriam Gurba". Weird Sister. Weird Sister. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  61. ^ Listi, Brad. "Otherppl with Brad Listi: Episode 388 - Myriam Gurba". Otherppl. Brad Listi. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  62. ^ Gurba, Myriam. "Largehearted Boy: Book Notes - Myriam Gurba "Painting their Portraits in Winter"". Largehearted Boy. Largehearted Boy. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  63. ^ Gurba, Myriam. "Largehearted Boy: Book Notes - Myriam Gurba ("Wish You Were Me")". Largehearted Boy. Largehearted Boy. Retrieved 2016-12-09.