DSC_9958-2John Paul Jaramillo was born and raised in Southern Colorado. At Oregon State University he earned his MFA in creative writing (fiction) and currently works as Professor of English in the Arts and Humanities Department of Lincoln Land Community College-Springfield, Illinois.

His stories have appeared inthe Acentos Review,Palabra, A Magazine of Chicano and Latino Literary Art andSomos en Escrito–most recently in La Casita Grande Lounge and Nat Brut #9. He is the author of the story collectionThe House of Order, named a 2013Int’l Latino Book Award Finalist, and the novel in stories Little Mocosfrom Twelve Winters Press. In 2013 Latino Boom: An Anthology of U.S. Latino Literature listed Jaramillo as one of itsTop 10 New Latino Authors to Watch and Read.

His writing explores the Southern Colorado steel industry and neighborhoods as well as the link between family, trauma, and place. As Mary Jean Porter writes, “Jaramillo is writing about working in Southern Colorado farm fields, driving and drinking beer and smoking pot; visiting family members in the state penitentiary; about tattooed pregnant girls, dirty kids in laundromats and their desperate mothers, back through several generations. What saves these stories is the grace in which they are written.”