Photo of Matt Gonzalez by Nick Bygon, 2008.
Art & Politics: The Matt Gonzalez Reader collects various interviews, opinion editorials, and other writings by Matt Gonzalez on issues related to art and politics, many of which are no longer in print or otherwise available online. The postings here are reprinted from their original place of publication which included:
As It Ought To Be
Berkeley La Raza Law Journal
Ceramics: Art & Perception
Fog City Journal
Golden Gate [X]press
The New Fillmore
North Bay Progressive Journal
San Francisco Arts Quarterly
San Francisco Bay Guardian
San Francisco Bay View Newspaper
San Francisco Call
San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Frontlines
Stanford Humanities Review
The Trial Lawyer
Matt Gonzalez was born in McAllen, Texas. He is a graduate of Columbia University and Stanford Law School. He is a former president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and served as Ralph Nader’s vice-presidential running mate in 2008 on an Independent ticket (in California, they won the nomination of the socialist Peace & Freedom Party). Gonzalez has worked as the Chief Attorney in the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office since early 2011.
In 2014, Gonzalez began exhibiting his artwork with Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco. His collage works are in the permanent collection of the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento; Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts at the Legion of Honor, San Francisco; and, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Since 2018 his press, FMSBW, has published a series of poetry books by Northern California poets in The Page Poets Series. The imprint’s The Divers Collection publishes memoir, fiction, and poetry in translation.
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Painting of Matt Gonzalez by Kyle Ranson, 2018.
Drawing of Matt Gonzalez by Kyle Ranson, 2018.
Drawing of Matt Gonzalez by Emilio Villalba, 2022.