Elements, a wild ride through the barrios of East L.A.: two homeboys caught in a house burgling, a weirdo on the loose in Hollywood, a loner brooding on a drug deal, a fledgling writer cartwheeling across the landscape in his attempts for wholeness, falling down flat and getting up again in a series of stories displaying the confusions and angst, the joys and beauties of being Mexican American and being alive. Elements, a healthy addition to the growing family of Mexican American literature, a new voice, a fresh perspective, an appealing candor, a revealing look into the soul of the Mexican American neither barrio born and raised nor suburban weaned and teased, but a working-class product of two cultures vast and conflicting.
Stephen Gutierrez was born and raised in Los Angeles. Elements won the Charles H. and N. Mildred Nilon Excellence in Minority Fiction Award. Live from Fresno y Los, a second collection of stories, was published by Bear Star Press in 2009."