East LA: True Stories


East LA: True Stories

Just hearing the words “East LA” can cause an involuntary recoil.  East LA is often talked about in the news because the area has a bad reputation.  People believe the area is gang ridden - and it is.   But gangs are not the only ones who own the streets of East LA.  The young authors of this book - students of East LA College - contribute their voices and tell their stories and capture the world they live.  Their true stories are provocative, edgy, and unflinchingly honest. 

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Amilcar Samoya

The Power from Above

Araceli Villalobos

The Moment My Life Changed Forever

Astrid Escobar

A New Destiny

Esmeralds Pedroza

14 & Pregnant

Geovanny Salinas

Education Changed My Life

Daniel Gomez

A Rescued Life

Katerin Guerra

Life Changes

Katherine Cervantes

Being the “Black Sheep” of the Family

Latecia Lopez

My Life Changing Moment

Michelle Romero

Time Stopped

Irene Quinones

Understanding a Disability

Gladys Tirado

To Be Brave or Not

Eduardo Urbina

Death Makes Angeles of Us and Gives Us Wings

Steven Guzman                                            Fernando Olivera

  My Bravest Moment                                       Bearing a Name of Shame

Brenda Perez                                                Gabriela Godinez                           

  Dad, Drugs, and the Swat Team                    On the Road to Success

Gloria Soto                                                    LynnTorres

  Fortunate Misfortunes of Life                         Two Sides of  a Story  

Juan Medina                                                   Jessica Zepeda

  Mistake                                                            My Unexpected Journey

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TV Show Buyers!

While this project is not yet developed beyond short stories, these stories are an excellent basis for an episodic show or a news magazine format.  Please contact Marguerite to discuss development: m@cravatt.com

The Authors


This amazing anthology is written by East Los Angeles college students.  I am adjunct professor, Marguerite Cravatt, and I guarantee that you will absolutely love reading these authentic true stories.  After reading these stories, you will love and respect the authors and their journey the same way that I do.