Viva Padilla is a poet and the founding editor of Dryland, an independent print literary journal founded in South Central Los Angeles and of Hombre Lobo. She is a first-generation Chicana, a daughter of immigrants who crossed the border from Colima, Mexico. She is currently working on a bilingual poetry collection.
Viva Padilla is a bilingual poet, writer, artist, and editor born and raised in South Central Los Angeles. She’s the founding editor in chief of Dryland an independent and grassroots print literary journal and Hombre Lobo, an intergenerational book series documenting paranormal/supernatural stories experienced by Xicanx. She also does video chats with poets, writers, artists, and thinkers on her interview series Chateo Exquisite.
She’s been an invited speaker at Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State Fullerton, and Casa de las Americas in Havana, Cuba (2019 & 2020). Viva’s work has been featured in the L.A. Times, The Acentos Review, Cultural Weekly, PANK, wearemitú and others. Her writing was recently featured in Every. Thing. Changes. a summer art exhibition by L.A. Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, L.A. Poets in Place by The Autry Museum, and As Of Late a San Francisco anthology that donates proceeds to an indigenous women-led land trust, among others. Forthcoming work includes international published writing in SAND Berlin, an art collaboration with Harry Gamboa Jr., Hombre Lobo #2, and her first poetry collection.
Viva is a first-generation Chicana, a daughter of immigrants who crossed the border from Colima, Mexico. She comes from two generations of mariachis; her grandfather Jose Padilla had a mariachi group in the early 1930s and her father Roberto Ureña (R.I.P.) was a recording artist (and also ran his own mariachi record label, Discos AP, in his own right) under Mexicuba Records (now defunct) in the 1970s. She dedicates her work to the memory of her grandmother Magdalena Padilla (R.I.P.), who as a young woman dreamt of becoming a writer, of her father, and the sacrifice made by both of her parents.
She currently works at Tia Chucha Press and lives on the Eastside in Los Angeles. She digs chilaquiles, liquor (mezcal, guiskey, tequila), traveling solita, and Mexican/Xicanx music history.