Marcela Davison Avilés

Marcela Davison Avilés is a prominent American essayist, independent producer, attorney, and
Latino cultural dramaturge and advisor. Avilés served as Lead Cultural Consultant for Disney/
Pixar’s COCO and cultural consultant for Amazon Studios and Amblin Entertainment. Her
production company, Chapultepec Group, is currently developing several original projects for
film, television and the concert hall. She is a contributing writer for the Mercury News and
National Public Radio. Her guest columns and features have been published by, the
San Francisco Chronicle,,, the American Banker and
Harvard University’s Revista Magazine.

“On Leaving the United States for California” was published in Issue 8 of the Californian.

The Anonymous Bard

They were the first poems published in a California newspaper. But who wrote them? An improbable friendship may hold the clue.

California is home to some 500 bells like this one across from Carmel Mission. The bells started as a tourism campaign—to evoke a sentimental view of the state’s Spanish rancho past—but have evolved for many into a symbol of the era’s oppression.

The Bells Toll. But for Whom?

The iconic Camino Real bells recall California’s checkered missionary past. What do they say about our future?

The cast of The L Word: Generation Q is more young and diverse than that of the original series, The L Word.

"The L Word" Gets Woke

After a 10-year hiatus, The L Word returns to reflect a changed world.


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