Yxta Maya Murray

Yxta Maya Murray, Professor of Law, William M. Rains Fellow

David P. Leonard Professor of Law
William M. Rains Fellow

Courses Taught

  • Criminal Law
  • Property Law
  • Women and the Law
  • Law and Literature
  • Sentencing
  • Sexual Orientation and the Law



  • BA, cum laude, University of California, Los Angeles
  • JD, cum laude, Stanford Law School


After law school, Yxta Murray clerked for the Honorable Harry Hupp in the Central District of California and then for the Honorable Ferdinand Fernandez of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena. She joined the Loyola Law School faculty in 1995, and writes and practices in a variety of fields. She teaches Criminal Law, Property Law, Law and Literature, and Women and the Law.

Scholarship in Legal Periodicals 

Professor Murray writes about Community Constitutionalism, Criminal Law, Property Law, Gender Justice, and Law and Literature. She also writes about the relationship between law and visual, conceptual, and performance art. She has published law review articles in the California Law Review, the Columbia Journal of Gender & LawThe Michigan Journal of Race & LawUnbound: Harvard Journal of the Legal Left, the N.Y.U Journal of Law & Social Change, and Law and Literature.

Interdisciplinary Work 

Murray’s work in community legal thought found expression in an art show titled Drawn Together, which launched in 2020 at Cuchifritos Gallery in New York's Lower East Side. Her co-artists in this project, which studies power inequities in artists' contracts, are Mira Dayal, Simon Wu, Maia Chao, and Anais Duplan. 



ARTIVISM AND THE LAW, under contract with Cornell University Press, in-progress


GOD WENT LIKE THAT, forthcoming from Northwestern University Press/Curbstone Books, in-progress

ART IS EVERYTHING, TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press, 2021.


THE KING'S GOLD, HarperCollins, 2007. 

THE QUEEN JADE, HarperCollins, 2004.

THE CONQUEST, HarperCollins, 2002. 

WHAT IT TAKES TO GET TO VEGAS, Grove/Atlantic, 1999. 

LOCAS, Grove/Atlantic 1997.

Short Fiction Collection

THE WORK DOESN'T WORK THAT WAY, BUT IT COULD, University of Nevada Press, 2020.


ADVICE AND CONSENT (LARB BOOKS, 2019) (with Kathleen Kim, Loyola Law School Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion, who wrote the score and the Introduction).

Short Film

ADVICE AND CONSENT (2019) (with Kathleen Kim).

Recent Short Fiction and Poetry

Bakersfield, CONJUNCTIONS: ONWORD, forthcoming.

Three Poems on Art, NOVEMBER MAGAZINE, February 8, 2022.

Before the Law, THE SOUTHERN REVIEW, Winter 2022.

I Liked Looking at the Sky, CHICAGO QUARTERLY REVIEW, Fall 2021.

When the Prophet Gazed Upon the Face of the Lord, PLOUGHSHARES SOLO, Fall 2021.

Selected Journalism, Criticism, Interviews, and Essays


Disorientation Towards Collapse, ARTFORUM, April 2022.


The Latina Curators and Writers Remaking the American Photography Canon, APERTURE, Fall 2021.

Review of L.A. Weather, LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOKS, October 8, 2021.

Review of Intergalactix, ARTFORUM, October 2021.

American Protest, Photographs 2020-2021, BOOKFORUM, Fall 2021.

In a New Novel, Critic Yxta Maya Murray Stakes a Claim for Women Artists of Color Erased from Art History (Interview with Max Duron), ARTNEWS, January 15, 2021.


Curator, Art in the Age of Emergency, Women's Center for Creative Work, May 10, 2020 (Zoom).

Co-Curator, field works: a dam, an interview, a slur, Los Angeles Contemporary Archive, August 11, 2020 (Zoom) (with Andrew Freire).

Grants, Prizes, Residencies, and other Good Things

Djerassi Foundation, Residency, Summer 2023.

Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Foundation Grant, for God Went Like That, 2022.

Yaddo, Residency, August-September 2022.

Walter E. Dakin Fellowship, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, July 2022.

The Lighthouse Works, Residency, May-June, 2022.

Huntington Library, Short Term Fellow, 2022.

Art Is Everything selected for The Books That Made Us Think and Act Differently This Year, VOX, Dec. 9, 2021.

Co-grantee, City Arts Corps Grants, New York Foundation of the Arts, for Drawn Together, 2021.

The Mesa Refuge, Residency, Summer, 2021.

Willapa Bay AIR, Residency, Summer 2021.

Paradise reprinted in THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2021 (Jesmyn Ward and Heidi Pitlor, eds).

The World Doesn’t Work That Way, but It Could, chosen as a best book of 2020 by BUZZFEED MAGAZINE.

Ucross Foundation, Residency, Spring 2019.

Finalist, 2019 ASME Award in Fiction.

Art Writer’s Grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation in association with Creative Capital, 2018.

MacDowell, Residency, 2001.

Whiting Writers’ Award, 1999.

Selected Recent Talks

Artivism and the Law, GO LILA Conference, Stanford Law School, via Zoom, June 24, 2022.

Reading from Paradise, Tomas Rivera Literary Conference, U.C. Riverside, May 4, 2022.

Reading from the World Doesn’t Work that Way, but It Could, U.C. Davis, April 28, 2022.

Reading from Art Is Everything, University of Southern California Latinx Media Group, February 25, 2022.

Reading from Art Is Everything, Las Comadres & Friends Book Club, Zoom, Dec. 20, 2021.

Town Hall on Artists Contracts, Cuchifritos Gallery/Artists’ Alliance, with An Duplan, Mira Dayal, Simon Wu, and Maia Chao, October 22, 2021.

Reading from The World Doesn’t Work That Way, but It Could, California Department of Justice, Zoom, October 21, 2021.

Reading from Art Is Everything, U.C. Davis, in association with the Chicana/o Studies Department, May 6, 2021.