Author: Tomas Moniz
Editor: Lilliam Rivera
Artist: Tuna Bora
Bellies and Buffalos
At thirty-five, Sonny Gutierrez lives a comfortable life in San Jose, California with his wife and young daughter. When he discovers a long lost son, Sonny finds himself on a cross-country road trip with a 20-year-old pregnant woman, robbing a Git-N-Go store, and running with a herd of buffalo. Bellies and Buffalos is a story about letting go, getting lost, and returning home.
“Author Tomas Moniz’s take on the literary road trip is both hilarious and poignant. Slightly overweight Sonny Gutierrez is a guidance counselor whose safe life has reached a level of complacency. When he meets Julia Camarone, Sonny’s contained home is turned upside down as they go on an unexpected cross-country road trip in search of forgiveness and family. With great moments of laughter and depth, Bellies and Buffalos solidifies Moniz’s unique voice.”
–Lilliam Rivera, Editor
Tomas Moniz is the founder, editor, and a writer for the award winning zine, book and now magazine: Rad Dad. He also is co-founder and co-host of the successful monthly reading series Lyrics and Dirges as well as the more rambunctious open mic, Saturday Night Special. He’s been making zines since the late nineties, and his most current zines Dirty and The Body is a Wild Wild Thing are available, but you have to write him a postcard: PO Box 3555, Berkeley CA 94703. Tomas teaches at Berkeley City College.
Lilliam Rivera is a freelance writer and editor whose work as appeared on E! Online, California Apparel News, Stylenetwork.com, Latina, and as the editorial director of lifestyle site Mondette.com. She’s a 2013 PEN Center Emerging Voices Fellow and a 2013 Enchanted Land Fellow at A Room of Her Own Foundation. Lilliam lives in West Hollywood with her husband and two daughters and spends her time writing young adult novels and short stories when she’s not procrastinating on twitter @lilliamr.
Tuna was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. She packed her bags and left the land of tiny cups of coffee, and came to the land of movies instead, to study at Otis College Of Art And Design. She became a freelance illustrator who works for a diverse list of clients and companies in both feature & TV animation, commercials, games, and galleries. She currently still enjoys the all-year-around sunshine and driving off to adventures in strange little sub-cities in her car.