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Living Writers – Jaime Cortez

January 19, 2023 @ 5:20 pm - 6:55 pm  |  Humanities Lecture Hall


Jaime Cortez is a writer and visual artist based in Watsonville, California, and the San Francisco Bay Area. His fiction, essays, and drawings have appeared in diverse publications that include “Kindergarde: Experimental Writing For Children” (edited 2013 by Dana Teen Lomax for Black Radish Press), “No Straight Lines,” a 40-year compendium of LGBT comics (edited 2012 by Justin Hall for Fantagraphics Press), “Street Art San Francisco” (edited 2009 by Annice Jacoby for Abrams Press), and “Infinite Cities,” an experimental atlas of San Francisco (edited 2010 by Rebecca Solnit for UC Berkeley Press). He wrote and illustrated the graphic novel “Sexile” for AIDS Project Los Angeles in 2003.

Cortez often combines humor and tragedy to tell stories of resilient survivors who exist on the margins of the economy, the law, and social acceptability. “Gordo” is Jaime’s debut collection of short stories. Black Cat, an imprint of Grove Atlantic Press, is the publisher of the book.

Cortez spent his early years in San Juan Bautista and Watsonville, two California farm towns where the stories are set. He received his B.A. in Communications from the University of Pennsylvania, and his fine art MFA at UC Berkeley. His website is

Sponsored by The Puknat Literary Endowment, The Porter Hitchcock Poetry Fund, The Laurie Sain Endowment, The Humanities Institute, Bookshop Santa Cruz, and Two Birds Books (where the writers’ books are available for purchase)


January 19, 2023
5:20 pm - 6:55 pm


Humanities Lecture Hall
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States + Google Map