author bio

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.

research interests

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


Master of Fine Arts, Creative WritingFiction, 2004

Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon 

Bachelor of Arts, English, 1996

University of Southern Colorado, Pueblo, Colorado

Teaching Experience

Professor, Tenured—Composition and Literature, Fall 2005 to present 

Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, IL

Courses:          Composition I and II

                        Creative Writing Fiction Workshop/Poetry Workshop

                        Introduction to Drama, Poetry and the Novel

                        Introduction to Multicultural Literature

Instructor, Composition, Fall 1999-2002; Fall 2004-Summer 2005

Pueblo Community College—Pueblo Colorado

Courses:          Developmental Writing

                        Intro to College Level Writing

                        Intro to College Level Research

Lecturer, Composition and Literature, Spring 2005-Summer 2005

Colorado State University-Pueblo, Pueblo, CO

Courses:          Composition I and II

                        Creative Writing Fiction Workshop 

Teaching Experience (Continued)

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Oregon State University, Fall 2002- Spring 2004:

Courses:          Composition I and II

                        Creative Writing Fiction Workshop 


Composition Coordinator, Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, Illinois, 2010 to present. I mentor and evaluate over 20 adjunct composition instructors, develop curriculum, develop course outcomes, select textbooks, oversee schedules, advise on hiring part-time instructors.

Lincoln Land Review Student Publication Managing Editor, Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, Illinois, 2010 to present. I collect, select and edit student submissions; design ads and oversee online submission forms and website design; organize student readings and manage faculty editors and student workers.



Carlos Montoya–a novel–Twelve Winters Press 2023

Little Mocos—a novel—Twelve Winters Press 2017

The House of Order: Stories—Anaphora Literary Press 2012 

Short Fiction

 “Farmhouse in the Lanes”—the Acentos Review Spring 2010

“Rabbit Story”—the Copper Nickel Review Spring 2010

“Driven to the Fields”—Antique Children Arts Journal Spring 2010

“Little Blue Box”—Antique Children Arts Journal Fall 2011

“Lena’s Trip Home”—Fogged Clarity Arts Journal Fall 2011

“Juanita’s Boy”—InDigest Magazine Fall 2011

“Penance”—Verdad Magazine Spring 2011

“Descansos”—Paraphilia Magazine Spring 2011

“Grown-Ass Men”—Sleet Magazine Spring 2011 

Publications (Continued)

“Donoso’s Hell”—Antique Children Arts Journal Quarterly Spring 2011

“A Rock in the Beans”—Palabra, A Magazine of Chicano and Latino Literary Art Spring 2012 

“Tattoos”—Fast Forward Press’ Flash Fiction Anthology Fall 2012

 “Arkansas Flood 1964”—Pilgrimage Magazine Spring 2014


Glimmer Train, Fiction Award Finalist, 2019.

Pearson Master Teacher Award Nominee, Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, Illinois, 2013

Glimmer Train, Fiction Award Finalist, 2013

International Latino Book Award Finalist–The Mariposa Award–Best First Book–Fiction, 2013

Latino Top Ten “New” Latino Authors to Watch (and Read), 2013

Recent Presentations

CHI Spring Writer’s Workshop Presentation, 2022. 

Jubilee Farm for Ecology & Spirituality—Springfield, IL.

Local Author Fair Presentation, 2019.

Pleasant Plains Public Library, Pleasant Plains, IL.

Latino Author Spotlight, 2018.

Maeva’s Coffee and Books—Alton, IL.

Southern Colorado Reader Series, Featured Reader, 2013

Colorado State University—Pueblo, Pueblo, CO.