John Paul Jaramillo is the author of The House of Order–stories –a 2013 Latino Book Award Finalist– and Little Mocos–a novel 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.
Jaramillo grew up in the “Steel City” Pueblo, Colorado, and his writing explores the 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.”
Currently, Jaramillo works as Professor of English at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, Illinois.
If you would want me to visit your school, organization, or workshop, please contact me.
available for: Readings, Lectures, Workshops, Class Visits
experience: Community College and University Level
topics of specialty: Latino/x representation, Latino literature, first generation college students, fiction writing, creative non-fiction writing and journaling, college level composition and research.