Emory Holmes II

Emory Holmes II is a Los Angeles–based novelist, children’s story writer, and journalist. His stories on American crime and the arts have appeared on the pages of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Sentinel, The Los Angeles Daily News, The New York Amsterdam News, Los Angeles Magazine, Essence, CODE, the R&B Report, Written By magazine, American Legacy, The Root, The New York Times wire service, and other publications. His 3-hour radio documentary on the Civil Rights Movement, “King from Atlanta to the Mountaintop,” has been re-broadcast nationally since 1985, as it was this year on the MLK holiday. 


He has been writing crime fiction since 2005. His first crime story, “aka Moises Rockafella,” was published that year by Akashic books in The Cocaine Chronicles anthology and republished by Houghton Mifflin in The Best American Mystery Stories 2006.  His short story “Dangerous Days,” first appeared in Los Angeles Noir in 2007, and was translated into French and republished by Asphalte books in 2010. Additionally, in 2014, the stories from both anthologies, The Cocaine Chronicles and Los Angeles Noir were dramatized and republished as Audible books for Amazon. Emory Holmes II has just completed “Dangerous Dayz,” a two-part murder story focusing on race and age in L.A.   


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Open to any author writing in English about the Chicanx/Latinx experience, the Rivera Book Prize is committed to the discovery and fostering of extraordinary writing by a first-time or early career author whose work examines the long and varied contributions of Chicanx/Latinx in the US. The Rivera Book Prize aims to provide a platform that showcases the emerging literary talent of the Chicanx/Latinx community, to cultivate the next generation of Chicanx/Latinx writers, and to continue the rich literary memory of Tomás Rivera, Chicano author, poet, activist, and educator.

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