research interests

fiction, creative nonfiction, journaling, literature, latino literature, composition, literary minimalism, latino representation, meditation and mindfulness, community college pedagogy

john paul jaramillo

Menard Building Room 2281

Lincoln Land Community College

5250 Shepherd Road Box 19256

Springfield, Illinois 62794-9256


office: 217-786-2897


John Paul Jaramillo grew up in the “Steel City” Pueblo, Colorado, and his writing explores the Colorado steel industry and southwestern neighborhoods as well as the link between family, trauma, and place. His work has appeared in the Acentos Review, PALABRA A Magazine of Chicano & Latino Literary Art and the Copper Nickel Review, and many others. 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. Currently, Jaramillo works as Professor of English at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, Illinois.


MFA in Creative Writing,Oregon State University 2002-2004, Corvallis, Oregon, with Focus in Teaching Short Fiction, Developmental Writing and Intro to College Level Writing

BA in English, Colorado State University, Pueblo 1994-1999, Pueblo, Colorado, with a minor in Professional Writing 

professional experience

Professor, English and Humanities, Lincoln Land Community College, Fall 2005-Current, Springfield, Illinois.

awards and honors

Finalist Glimmer Train’s Very Short Fiction Contest, “poca loca,” 2019.

Finalist Glimmer Train’s Very Short Fiction Contest, “arkansas flood 1964,” 2014.

Latino Book Award Finalist, Best First Book, 2013.

Top 10 New Latino Authors to Watch and Read, Latino Boom: An Anthology of U.S. Latino Literature, 2013.

Master Teacher Nominee, Lincoln Land College, 2014.



the House of Order–short stories (2013)

Anaphora Literary Press 

Little Mocos–a novel (2017)-

Twelve Winters Press

recent publications 2010 to 2020


“highway motel” online at The Write Launch

“Crew of Boys” online at Nat. Brut the responsible future of art and literature

“Wrecks” at The Grief Diaries: A Magazine of Art and Writing About Loss

“Bear and Peaches” at Somos en Escrito the Latino Literary Online Magazine

“Little Mocos” online at Duende Literary

“Trip Home” online at Fogged Clarity Arts Journal

“Arkansas Flood 1964” in Pilgrimage Magazine

“Donoso’s Hell” in Antique Children Journal

“Grown-Ass Men” in Sleet Magazine

“Descansos” in Paraphilia Magazine

“Tattoos” in Flash Forward Press Anthology

“Penance” in Verdad Magazine

“Laundromat Story” in Crash Literary Journal

“Rabbit Story” in the Copper Nickel Review

“A Rock in the Beans” in Palabra, A Magazine of Chicano and Latino Literary Art

“Driven to the Fields” in Antique Children Arts Quarterly

“Little Blue Box” in Antique Children Arts Journal

“Farmhouse in the Lanes” in the Acentos Review

events/speaking engagements