John 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 and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including the Acentos Review, Palabra, A Magazine of Chicano and Latino Literary Art and Duende –most recently in Somos en Escrito. In 2013 his collection The House of Order was named an International Latino Book Award Finalist and the novel in stories Little Mocos is forthcoming from Twelve Winters Press. In 2013 Latino Boom: An Anthology of U.S. Latino Literature listed Jaramillo as one of its Top 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.”
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