Tales of an Inland Empire Girl

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Los Nietos Press
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5.25 X 8.0 X 0.5 inches | 0.56 pounds

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About the Author

Juanita E. Mantz (“JEM”) is a USC Law educated lawyer, writer, performer, and podcaster who believes writing has the power to change the world. She graduated from UCR in 1999 with a degree in English Literature. Juanita graduated from USC Law in 2002. 


Juanita is also a creative nonfiction writer who has 2 books, a YA novel/memoir titled "Tales of an Inland Empire Girl" (Los Nietos Press, Jan 2022) and an award winning hybrid chapbook titled "Portrait of a Deputy Public Defender, or how I became a punk rock lawyer" (Bamboo Dart Press, Aug 2021).


Her stories have been published in literary journals, newspapers & anthologies including in The Acentos Review, Aljazeera, As/Us, Entropy, Mutha, Muse, San Bernardino-Singing (anthology), The Dirty Spoon Radio Hour, The James Franco Review, The Riverside Lawyer and Inlandia, among others. 


She performed her story "Stalling" in the 2016 cast of Listen to Your Mother, Burbank. She is an alumni of the VONA and Macondo workshops. She also serves as VP on the board of directors of the Inlandia Institute.


Juanita has presented at UCR Writers' Week, the UCR Punk Conference, Pasadena LitFest, AWP and Beyond Baroque. She produced and taught in the ASA 2020 Freedom Course on Combatting Mass Incarceration. 


She is in the low residency MFA creative writing program at UNO where she is working on adapting her YA memoir into a stage play. She was just named the writer in residence at Pasadena City College & will be performing there in October and her chapbook "Portrait of a Deputy Public Defender" was just awarded a gold medal at the International Latino Book Awards in the Mariposa category for best first book, nonfiction English.


Check out her video podcast, "Life of JEM" where she does live interviews with writers. It's available on her Life of JEM FB page, on her author site and on Twitter! 


Find everything on her author website: https://juanitaemantz.com