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Liz Prato - book author

Liz Prato is the author of short story collection, "Baby's On Fire” (Press 53). She is Editor at Large at Forest Avenue Press, where she edited the anthology, The Night, and the Rain, and the River. Her stories and essays have appeared in over two-dozen literary journals and magazines.

Liz lives with furry feline friends and her best friend/husband, who is a bookseller, musician, and writer. And, yes, she dreams of palm trees. Every day.

Liz Prato is the author of books: Volcanoes, Palm Trees, and Privilege: Essays on Hawai'i, Baby's on Fire, The Night, and the Rain, and the River: 22 Stories, Berkeley Fiction Review, Volume 26

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"A rebuke to cultural appropriation, combined with tribute to a place she loves too much to make her own." New York Times Book Review, Top Summer Reads

Volcanoes, Palm Trees And Privilege: Essays on Hawai'i explores what it means to be a white tourist in a seemingly paradisiacal land that has been formed, and largely destroyed, by white outsiders. Hawaiian history, pop culture, and contemporary affairs are woven with personal narrative in fifteen essays that examine how the touristic ideal of Hawai'i came to be, and what it "is," at its core.

Prato first fell in love with Hawai'i when she was a teenager while her father was building a housing subdivision on Maui. Her relationship with the Islands was cemented into a soul connection when Hawai'i became a place of respite and salvation as Prato suffered the losses of her mother, father, and brother, leaving her bereft of family by the age of forty-four. As she became more aware of how white colonialism ravaged Native Hawaiian society—and that many Native Hawaiians are pushing for sovereignty—Prato found herself asking what it means that her love for the Islands was born out of the thing that destroyed them: a white mainlander buying and developing land. What does it mean that her continued tourism contributes to Native Hawaiians getting further and further from their land, their 'āina?

"Prato's work stays winningly informal and idiosyncratic throughout and . . . coalesces into an intriguing and informative journey through the 50th state." —Publishers Weekly

"With her guidance and thoughtfulness, Prato pushes against the surface, locating herself within and the people and landscape of Hawai'i without buying into visitor thinking—this is not a musing on mai tais and hula events." —Buzzfeed

"From the perspective of a non-native who has a deep love and long relationship with these islands, Prato shares stories that intertwine facts and personal memories. They will leave you feeling both enchanted and more aware of our place in the world as unconcerned tourists to a place that many call home." —Matador Travel Network

"The islands serve as a launch pad for Prato to discuss weighty issues, including race, grief, and capitalism, with introspection and insight." —Willamette Week
Baby’s on Fire is a smouldering collection of twelve stories set in the West with strong female protagonists who are trying to find their way in the world as their ties of intimacy are damaged and broken. Stories in the collection have been previously published by Hunger Mountain, Iron Horse Literary Review, Hawaii Review, Los Angeles Review, and others.
A current of longing runs through twenty-two short stories by Oregon writers. As the characters strive for connection, they make mistakes, reach out to the wrong people, and recalibrate their lives based on what they desire, whether or not it's attainable--or even a good idea. A shy pyromaniac takes a chance on love. A young woman hands her decisions to a man she's never met. An abandoned father and son struggle to pull a stump from the stubborn ground, the town wailer loses her voice after her mother's death, and a cloudless Oregon sky triggers a trip for a final goodbye. Editor Liz Prato has curated a powerful collection of smart, funny, sad, and exquisite stories about the losses that shape our lives. Featuring stories by Jan Baross, Gail Bartley, Victoria Blake, Alisha Churbe, Sage Cohen, Ellen Davidson Levine, Steve Denniston, Trevor Dodge, Gregg Kleiner, Christi Krug, Kathleen Lane, Dylan Lee, Margaret Malone, Matthew Robinson, Joanna Rose, Lois Rosen, Jackie Shannon Hollis, Domi Shoemaker, Scott Sparling, Tammy Lynne Stoner, Jennifer Williams, and Cindy Williams Gutierrez.
Berkeley Fiction Review is a UC Berkeley undergraduate, student-run publication that looks for innovative short fiction that plays with form and content as well as traditionally constructed stories with fresh voices and original ideas.

Issue 26 includes the following stories: "Bread" by Karin Lin-Greenburg, "Cellar of Light Where the Dead Man Was" by Robert Vivian, "My Campaign Story" by Paul Hanstedt, "The Cornbin" by Edward Moore, Hoffmeister by Andrew Tomlinson, "I Start Over" by Donald Ray Pollock, "Long and Thin" by Liz Prato, "The Baby" by Kyle Killen, "The Best Damn Suicide Letter Ever" by Edward Kelsey Moore, "At Custer's Last Stand" by Jose Garcia, "Vacation" by Johanna Pirko, "The Sunset" by Dustin Miller, and "There Was a Fire Alarm, Like Before" by Kirsten Allen Major.